Derek Grant

Derek Grant


Since the beginning of the pandemic, more workplaces have started using hybrid working practices. At MMG, we believe that employees should take these necessary steps to enable them to succeed, and start their day, the right way.

Successful business leaders simplify, focus on what’s meaningful, and work with intention. Here are a few tips on how you can make your workday run smoother.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is as important as eating and drinking. If you do not get enough sleep, you will not be able to focus properly during your working day. Getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to increased memory, greater attention span, and lower stress levels. Some people need a bit more sleep and some people need a bit less. Listen to your body and aim to get around eight hours of sleep every night.


Everyone needs to exercise so make time to do it. One hour of exercise is just 4% of your day. Whether you run, cycle, go to the gym or walk the dog, make sure you get some exercise every morning before work. Exercise reduces anxiety and stress, improves focus, and gives you more energy. If you want to succeed in business, you need to start with a healthy body.

Eat properly

You don’t need to have a personal nutritionist to eat well. Start your day with a healthy breakfast that works for you and your body. Whether that is scrambled eggs or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with fruit and yoghurt, start your day with a good meal that will keep you fuller for longer and give you the energy you need to focus on having a productive and successful day.

Set your goals for the day

What do you need to achieve today? Do you need to find a new customer, close a sale, or hire a new recruit? Whatever you need to do, write it down and use this as your to-do list for the day ahead. Everything else is optional. Do this before you check your email as your inbox will likely distract you from your objectives and pull you into (often time-consuming) distractions.

Carve up your time

Smartly use your calendar. Block out time to achieve your objectives, block out another chunk of time for emails and responding to queries and leave a final section of your diary open for ad-hoc queries or management tasks that come your way. This will encourage people to disturb you during “open” time slots rather than distract you when you have blocked out time for getting your key tasks done.