Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again
Sound the alarm! Lizzo and Chris Evans are flirting online again

Sarah Finnan

Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered
Disney’s attack on Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit is incredibly gendered

Jennifer McShane

All things seaside, from shells to starfish, are making a splash
All things seaside, from shells to starfish, are making a splash

Holly O'Neill

‘I did it for me’: Simone Biles triumphantly takes Bronze at Tokyo Olympics
‘I did it for me’: Simone Biles triumphantly takes Bronze at Tokyo Olympics

Jennifer McShane

DreamWorks has just hired their first female composer – and she’s Irish
DreamWorks has just hired their first female composer – and she’s Irish

Sarah Finnan

WIN a Fitbit Sense health smartwatch, with tools for stress management
WIN a Fitbit Sense health smartwatch, with tools for stress management

IMAGE

Tom Ford’s new leather scent is as sophisticated as they come
Tom Ford’s new leather scent is as sophisticated as they come

Holly O'Neill

How to deal with failure: 4 tips on how to recover from a setback
How to deal with failure: 4 tips on how to recover from a setback

Colette Sexton

The ‘Friends’ cast just launched their first official limited-edition merch collection
The ‘Friends’ cast just launched their first official limited-edition merch collection

Sarah Finnan

A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics so far
A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics...

Sarah Finnan

Image / Editorial

How I spend my working day: wellness entrepreneur Margaret Young


by Katie Byrne
10th Feb 2020
blank

Margaret Young left her corporate role in the HSE in 2017 to set up her own business, providing training to PAs and remote admin support to medical professionals. She is currently in the start-up stage of her second business venture, WildSoul.ie. Margaret is currently training to be a yoga teacher and Wild Soul will offer yoga and wellness goods and services. The Dublin businesswoman talks us through an average working day


I wake at… 7 am during the week. I like to start work early and exercise early. I am at my most creative and productive in the morning. As a trainee yoga teacher, I need to attend lots of yoga classes, and I am also a recreational runner and love the gym, so exercise is a priority. Once the workout is done, I can get to work. On weekends I wake at 8 am. I am not able to lie-in, but I do love afternoon naps when I can!

The first thing I do every morning is… Try and resist the urge to check Instagram, which is my first instinct. I am addicted. I am trying out different journalling techniques to try and move away from scrolling. At the moment, I write in my current one which is called AM /PM. It asks me to set goals for the day, create habits I want to cultivate and list all my positive qualities. I find it helps me do a mind dump and reduces stress.

Breakfast is usually… Overnight oats or smoothie bowl, prepared the night before and waiting for me in the fridge. Coffee mid-morning is essential.

I can’t go to work without… My laptop. Also, one of my selection of notebooks and lots of pencils.

Deciding what to wear each morning is… A fast decision! Jeans and a t-shirt is the lazy choice that I often regret as when I do make an effort with hair, makeup and clothes, I feel so much better and I feel that my work is better. I have a strict rule about never working in PJs! Obviously, if I am working with clients or popping out for meetings or networking events, then it’s different. I plan my outfit the night before. I love tailored trousers with patterned blouses or print dresses.

The best investment I ever made in my work wardrobe was… A tweed Kurt Geiger bag which is big enough for my laptop. It’s a real talking point, complete strangers come up to me to compliment it. My other investment pieces include a cashmere camel coat from French Connection, nude Steve Madden courts and a Balmain for H&M belt. All classics! I am making a conscious effort to buy preloved designer items more frequently than buying new and making buying decisions based on cost-per-wear rather than trends.

I travel to work by… Foot. I work from home about 75% of the time so I have no commute. If meeting clients in town, I would usually take the bus or dart. Apart from that, I drive.

I start my working day at… 8 am.

I usually spend the first portion of the day… Getting work done really fast.My pace slows as the day goes on.

I break for lunch at… Around 1 pm. I plan to take a full hour or at least 30 minutes, but I never do. In the summer when I’m working from home, I always eat in the garden.

I think meetings are… Essential in most cases. When I was an employee, in some companies, there were way too many meetings ?— meetings about meetings ?— and they were a really inefficient use of time and a cause of frustration. As a former PA, I feel like I have an insight into what makes a meeting productive. The Chairperson carries the biggest responsibility, more so than the minute taker and the attendees, and they can make or break a meeting.

The most useful business tool I use every day is… Buffer for social media scheduling and wave for accounts.

I save time by… Working on particular tasks when I am in the right mindset to do so. On a creative day, I might write multiple blog posts, sales copy and media pieces. Other days, I am analytical and do those kinds of tasks really fast. Being self-employed means I have a lot of autonomy and that was really a big part of making the decision to go into business myself — being able to set my schedule to suit myself. At the moment, I am running one business and in the start-up phase of a second, so it’s stressful and can be overwhelming. If I get too frazzled, I can’t think clearly at all and nothing gets done, so I am really trying to work within my own rhythm and schedule. I often write a weekly ‘To Do’ list instead of a daily one and choose the tasks for that day depending on how I am feeling. Once everything gets done in the week, it works.

I rarely get through my working day without… listening to at least one podcast.

The best part of my day is… Spending time with my husband and my dog.

The most challenging part of my day is… accepting that there are never enough hours. When you work for yourself particularly, the To Do list never ends. When your office is at home, the temptation is always there to work.

I know it’s been a good day if I… Feel like I was productive and moved things forward. I also need to be on track with financial goals to feel like it was a good day and that I didn’t disappear down a rabbit hole of busyness for busyness’ sake.

I usually end my day at… around 5 pm but I may do another hour in the evening. My day then ends at 10.30/11 pm. I am not one for staying up late.

I switch off from work by… Reading.

Before I go to bed, I’ll always… Make sure my dog Kyia is OK and comfortable. She has a lot of health issues so I have to make sure she is happy or there is no way I could fall asleep.

I often prepare for tomorrow by… Making my breakfast, leaving my workout clothes ready and setting any last-minute emails to go out at 8 am, making me look super-efficient and not like I was on my laptop at night!


Read more: 5 Irish businesswomen weigh in on the so-called ‘work-life balance’

Read more: Are you a night owl with a 9-5 day job? Here are 5 tips to help you get through the day

Read more: Meet the women who started businesses after the age of 40

Also Read

blank
CULTURE
Reality Bites: TV shows like Love Island are warping our minds

It may be the most unifying show on television, but shows like Love Island are promoting some pretty damaging messages....

By Amanda Cassidy

Full House, onscreen father Danny Tanner
EDITORIAL
We’re remembering our favourite onscreen dads for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner (this Sunday 20h June, so yes, you do have time to buy yours...

By Grace McGettigan

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

blank
EDITORIAL
The Howth train attack represents a lawlessness that makes me fear for my daughters

I fear the true fallout of Covid on our cities is just getting started, writes Amanda Cassidy As the pandemic...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Chrissy Teigen’s past trolling tweets highlight the slut-shaming culture we tolerated

Chrissy Teigen is the queen of oversharing. Usually it’s in good humour, self-deprecating and irreverent. She doesn’t take herself too...

By Amanda Cassidy

house for sale in Rathmines
EDITORIAL
This beautifully finished end of terrace on Rathmines Road is on the market for just over the million mark

Built around 1860, the Victorian house for sale in Rathmines has all of the period features you would expect with...

By Lauren Heskin