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The typical working day of nine successful business leaders

When you’re leading a fast-growth business it can often be hard to prioritise and remain productive, so Real Business has found out how nine high flyers construct their typical working day.
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Stefan Wissenbach, founder and chief engagement officer at Engagement Multiplier

What time do you get up, and why?

I get up at 5am. The first three hours of your day determine how successful the day will be.

What do you like to do with your time between getting up and leaving for the office?

I call my first hour, the magic hour, as it has huge impact. I make a lemon water, meditate for ten minutes and write in my journal. I then look at my MagicMap – essentially my goals for the next three years, one year and 90 days. I take stock of where I am. Then I pick my three wins – three “musts dos” for the day. With my day mapped out, I head to the gym

How glued to technology are you in the morning?

I avoid looking at email or looking at my phone until I’ve written in my journal and looked at my magic map.

How do you break up a typical working day, what do you find is important?

I typically break up my weeks rather than my days, with time during the week to plan, focus on progressing key client relationships and strategy, and time planned in to pick up on things that haven’t been completed, “buffer” time. I use Dan Sullivan’s time system.

What unusual quirks do you have to ensure you’re productive and efficient?

I always pick my three wins for the day. I also regularly look at my engagement multiplier platform to see the last days growth in headcount as new companies join our program and the existing clients recruit more staff. It gives me a lift.

What personal time do you like to set aside, and why?

I like to take 12 weeks of vacation a year – and plan them out at the beginning of the year. I believe that your productivity at work directly relates to the amount of quality down time that you have.

What tools (technological or otherwise) are useful for you?

I use an app called Say it & Mail it, as it’s much quicker than typing emails. Then there is my Livescribe smart pen, which records and photographs all of my notes and so I can store and archive them.

How do you try and switch off in the evening, if at all?

I find it easier to work whole days and then take whole days off. On my focus days, it’s hard to switch off in the evening, especially when you’re running a fast-growing startup. I find it much easier to have a day off rather than part of a day off.

What is your one mantra for a good work/life balance?

For work, find something you love, that you’re passionate about and where you can have a big vision. For life, only spend time with people you love or who have “batteries included”.

If you could swap days with one person who would it be?

I’d find it fascinating to swap days with Elon Musk, to see the world through his eyes, in terms of what he’s created and his huge vision.

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Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven is the editor of Real Business. He is also the editor of Business Advice, a title focused solely on a section of the business community currently underserved – micro companies. Alongside this, he is part of the team that hosts the Growing Business Awards, First Women Awards and Future 50 initiative.

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