Roxanne Calder from EST10 on working week prep and feel-good exercise

What rituals and routines do you start your weekdays with?

I always start my mornings with exercise which is vital to boost my energy levels and help maintain a positive and balanced outlook. My other ritual is to play with my dog or walk her as well. This provides me with no end of enjoyment, laughter and smiles and is a great way to start the day.

How do these help you to stay grounded and prepare for the day ahead?

I used to go to the gym to maintain or lose weight. Now I go to the gym not just for my body but for my mind as well. The endorphins from the gym cannot help but make you feel great and positive afterwards, but gym time also helps to clear the mind, gain perspective and find the best way to communicate and put plans into action.

What are your top tips for preparing for a full-on day or week?

Sleep, exercise and always have a laugh! I’m lucky enough to have a great team who are talented in lots of areas. Often, people will be doing things that aren’t in their job description but they have a talent for. It is so important to utilise other people’s talents because it means that everyone is working efficiently and doing what they’re passionate about. I’m also really lucky to have an amazing EA who is a great backup and sounding board.

What does a regular day look like for you?

I never have a regular day! Change is the norm for me. I’m constantly juggling, multitasking and reconfiguring things in my head. My day starts from when I leave home. I’m on the phone (hands-free of course) talking to clients and candidates from the moment I leave the house. And I’m on the phone again from the moment I leave work. Aside from phone calls and meetings, my days are spent interviewing, negotiating, planning, networking, brainstorming for marketing and of course spending time with the team.

How do you fit me-time into your week, and what does it look like?

I’ve learned that it’s ok to fit in ‘me-time’. The most important thing for me is to be able to exercise. I try to exercise 5 days a week at a minimum. I also like to read each night and take a bath a few times a week. Making time to speak to my family is also really important… they help me keep perspective and are a constant source of inspiration and support.

What is it like managing a business and trying to find time for you?

Really hard! In the beginning when I first started EST10, it felt like I was working 24/7 for the first few years. You work on adrenaline and enthusiasm but you can only borrow from the future in that regard for so long. For any business to succeed there comes a point when you need to implement other strategies so you can maintain that energy and still find time for yourself.

How high up on your priority list is me-time?

‘Me-time’ would sit between 1 and 2 on my priority list. That being said, I’m lucky enough to love my job to the point where I don’t see it as a job. When I’m at work and I spend time with my team, I enjoy being around them and sharing the same sense of humour… that’s ‘me-time’ too!

Roxanne Calder is the Founder and Managing Director of EST10, Sydney’s leading boutique recruiter specialising in Executive Assistant, administration and office support recruitment.