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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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Nigel Fletcher, founder of International Sports Chamber of Commerce

Nigel Fletcher 2017What time do you get up, and why?

Usually 3am when the children come into our bed, but then 6.30am.

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

Trying to have a decent breakfast, but like most making sure the children are ready and on time.

How glued to technology are you in the morning?

Not at all.

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

Do the hard things in the morning. Make the calls. Focus on the commercial aspects in the morning. This gives energy. Having the right positive energy is important.

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

I stay away from technology whether in the office and on business travel. It’s a distraction. I feel my notebook and diary is key. This gives me time to plan, think and jot down ideas. Most efficient is on the train or plane where there are no distractions. Forward thinking and not being reactive is very important for me.

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

Tennis with friends, family and a lot with the children. Golf when I can.

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

Whilst we use all social and digital tools as a company as an events and networking company – having a two-year diary is important for planning.

Technology is a distraction for both effective communication and forward thinking/business planning. It’s important for me to get in the zone and think, plan and prepare without a screen. This works with me.

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

Keep thinking and dreaming about it and it may come true.

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

A top professional sportsman – none in particular but to really understand the work they go through off the field.

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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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