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A real day in the life

There’s no such thing as a typical day, but it certainly doesn’t start at 5.30, says one young London accountant.

Sophie Briars

December 2018

In response to last month’s Business Insider’s article ‘A day in the life of an HSBC exec who wakes up at 5:30am to work out, always eats green, and studies at Stanford in her free time’ that attracted a barrage of comments, I thought about my own approach to the working day and how we all do more than just eat, sleep, work, repeat.

My alarm goes off at 6:45am. I snooze until 7:20am (I have not been to the gym since the clocks went back).

It takes me an hour to get ready including breakfast of yogurt and fruit. I will fit in time in the morning to respond to emails and do a couple of chores.

I make my commute as pleasant as possible by getting off the Piccadilly line at Holborn and walking the 15 minutes to my office through Lincoln’s Inn Fields, so I arrive at 9am. I find this brief walk puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

I work in transaction services so there is no typical working day; it is either feast or famine. If I am on an intensive deal, I will eat both lunch and supper at the office and will not get home until late. Otherwise, I leave work at 6:30pm.

After work, I will head straight home so I can start prepping a light supper of either chicken or fish, watch an episode of medical drama The Resident, read a chapter of my book and head to bed at 10:30pm. One evening a week, I might attend a work event, an ICAEW Younger Members London committee meeting, networking session or seminar.

So, it is not exactly the Californian dream, drinking green smoothies and playing tennis at 7am before a full day’s work but don’t be too hard on yourself; as younger members we all do a lot more than we think.

Sophie Briars is vice chair of Younger Members London.

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