The REAL routines of successful women

Success doesn't have to mean absolute perfection – and these women prove it!

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Forget the stereotypical morning yoga sessions & tasteless wheatgrass shots. The real life habits of successful women have just been revealed. We asked 16 accomplished women to walk us through their everyday routine; and contrary to popular belief binge-watching TV shows and hitting snooze have made the cut!

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Anastasia Emmanuel

Anastasia Emmanuel

Indiegogo

Director UK Hardware, Technology and Design

Director UK Technology & Design, Indiegogo. Addicted to: Hardware, Crowdfunding, Startups, Food, Social Media & Smiling!

NOT a morning person, I sleep until the last possible minute.

I wake up after snoozing at least twice, squint at my phone to sift through my inbox. I have recently started to take 10 minutes every morning to meditate before my day start; it helps to empty my mind of the mile long to-do list I have running in my head!

I make a strong coffee and spinach and banana smoothie , or yoghurt and fruit. I spend an hour hitting my inbox and making a time-plan for the day.

Head to the gym for HiiT, power or strength training.

Quick shower whilst singing to terrible music on Capital FM. I have the worst taste in music and I can't even apologise for it. Then I either head into my co-working space or work from home if I have a lot of calls - I tend to be very loud which isn't great for my co-workers!

Working at Runway East

Lunch is usually smoked salmon, or chicken breast with salad, avocado and nuts. I imagine I have giant hands when measuring a 'handful' of nuts.

I eat at my desk and after my healthy lunch I usually shove a Lindt chocolate or two in my mouth.

Calls with start-ups all across Europe. In one afternoon I will speak to four or five different countries and work with amazing projects. It's pretty rewarding helping people bring their ideas to reality.

West Coast wakes up - so the next hour or two are team calls, catch ups with my manager and team in New York, San Francisco, Canada and Israel.

Dinner with my amazing, strong, personal trainer housemate Elza - usually salmon, broccoli, mushrooms and roasted sweet potatoes.

Urgent emails check, quick plan for the next day before 'trying' to shut off my email and escape into a world of terrible TV!

Shameless TV indulging – something like New Girl or Orange is the New Black - likely with chocolate and more tea. Facetime my boyfriend as he just moved to Switzerland – that shows how lovely I am to live with!

Bed - If I don't get nine hours of sleep I am not a smiley person.

Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson

Facebook

Travel Lead, Global Marketing Solutions

Bed

If I'm not travelling for work, I set my alarm for 7.15am, but keep hitting snooze until around 7.30 (sometimes later…) I jump in the shower, get dressed – I never pick my outfit the night before – and leave the house to walk to work.

I arrive at work and grab breakfast; usually porridge, fruit and yoghurt, but I'll treat myself once a week to some of the amazing hot food they have at our canteen.

Work

I take my lunch break. I'll generally have chicken or fish, with rice or potatoes, and try to have salad with it. There are plenty of less healthy choices - so if skinny fries and burgers are on the menu, they will sometimes win!

Work

As I take an early lunch, this is my snack time. On good days, it's an apple or some nuts, other days it might be a packet of crisps or some chocolate.

Work

At least twice a week I try to do some kind of exercise. I've been doing Reformer Pilates for over a year and love it! I find I need to do it straight after work or else I get lazy.

I cook something small, as I have my main meal at lunch, so it's sometimes something like beans on toast. Alternatively, I try to meet up with friends during the week and catch up over food and usually a glass or two of wine!

Unwind with some TV, like Made in Chelsea – it's so bad it's good - and catch up with my boyfriend before bed.

Bed

Samantha Herbert

Samantha Herbert

The Telegraph

Homepage Producer

London newslady - lover of food, fashion, politics, punk and puppies

Mornings are NOT my thing. I'm a lover of the snooze button, so have a couple of alarms set in five minute intervals.

I'm a sugar fiend – at this time of the morning I need a hit. I have to sneak some sweets (usually Jelly Beans) to get me going. It's then a very well-honed routine. Clothes are laid out the night before – I am in no shape to pick an outfit in the morning!

I fall into my taxi to work (London Tubes just don't start this early!). Arrive at the office and get down to business – see what exciting/tragic/hilarious/ bonkers news the world has in store for us today!

Work.

I'll make it out for a breakfast break – a quick hop to the canteen for a vegan-friendly fry-up of mushrooms, hash browns and baked beans.

Work

For lunch I grab soup from the canteen and, as long as it's not raining, head out to eat it in the park to remember what daylight looks like!

Work.

Most days I'm pretty good at resisting a nap, and instead fit in a workout before I get too sleepy.

I'll cook up a feast – shamefully, I'm big on Instagramming my latest vegan culinary creations – so half this time will be spent cooking, the other half finding the perfect light for my beautiful Korma and naans.

Settle down in front of the TV to eat my dinner and watch my one big TV love – Neighbours.

Shower and pick out of my clothes/pack my bag for tomorrow.

Intend for tonight to finally be the night I get an early night... About now I'll get dragged into a Sex and The City marathon and bottle of wine with my housemates.

I realise I have to be up in a little over six hours, so I'll force myself to bed.

Gemma Guise

Gemma Guise

Journolink

Managing Director

Gemma is the DM at Journolink, an interactive PR platform linking businesses with journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Bed.

I wake up and go for a run, or a 45 minute swim. I then spend way too long deciding on my clothes for the day!

I leave home to travel to work on the tube. Normally calling my mum to catch up and have a gossip.

I pop into Pure to get a green juice and some dark chocolate for later, then start work.

Work.

I tuck into a black coffee and some nuts.

Work.

I take my lunch break, normally going to Pret to get a salad, which then goes in my bag and I spend the hour clothes shopping. I'll rush the salad at my desk, before going into a meeting.

Work.

I give in to the skittles the team have brought in!

Work.

I head home munching on some salted popcorn, calling my best friend to have yet another gossip.

I get home, have shower and put my tracksuit on. Then catch up with my husband who has already cooked dinner... every night it's a BBQ!

The laptop is opened with the intention of work, 99% of the time I end up on ASOS or The White Company doing yet more shopping, snacking on some dark chocolate.

Bed.

Clare Rees

Clare Rees

The Library of Fragrance

Managing Director

MD at Bell & Whistle Ltd, managing The Library of Fragrance in the UK. Very nosey.

Bed.

I wake up after a battle with the snooze button, make a jug of filter coffee and often go back to bed with my mug and check our social media accounts, as well as catching up on the latest vlogs posted by Zoella et al. This is odd behaviour for a grown woman of 35, but it's important to stay in touch with what our younger customers are into.

I'm showered, dressed and at my desk. The office is a quick trot up the stairs at the top of my house. Since forming the company a year ago, our home has swiftly filled to the rafters with bottles and bottles. I try to ignore it – and not to trip up, on my way.

Working from home on my own was bliss, but after a year I find I'm beginning to miss office chatter. The first thing I do is call my business partner, Julie, on the pretence of a 'catch up'. Actually, it's just because some human interaction makes me a little less anxious about the day ahead.

Lunch is whatever's in the fridge – usually leftovers from last night's dinner. I'll take a quick break to put some washing on, or eat it at my desk.

Work.

My husband usually gets home around this time and in the summer we'll grab a glass of wine or a beer and sit in the garden having a catch up. Then I'll retreat back to my desk whilst Al gets the dinner on. I'm very lucky that he enjoys cooking! Friday night is takeaway night.

Bed.

Lucy Greenhill

Lucy Greenhill

Ibiza Rocks

Head of Travel

Head of Travel at Ibiza Rocks - Live music, fashion, travel and more - updates from the heart of the action.

Sleep.

Wake up, after snoozing, shower, brush my teeth, get dressed and go.

Walk to station, get on the tube. Do my make-up and check emails while on the tube.

Work.

Have lunch, usually at this time or later as my days are always mental busy. Grab something from Pret or Pod, or if I'm being organised I'll bring something from home.

Work.

I go to the gym (circuits or yoga usually) probably three or four times a week, then home.

Get home and cook a quick dinner - I'll have takeaway once a fortnight - or salad.

Chat to my housemates and boyfriend (have a few glasses of wine once or twice a week). I don't watch much TV, but like TOWIE if I do.

Get ready for bed.

Fiona Thompson

Fiona Thompson

NHS

Senior House Officer, Paediatric A&E

Sleep.

Before work, whatever time I start – my shift pattern changes - I have a black coffee and poached eggs for breakfast. I try to start healthy as things tend to go downhill diet wise after this!

Start work (if on a 'normal' shift).

I won't often have a chance to stop until now and if there are biscuits on the ward, I will normally have seen a few off by then! My lunch is normally a stir fry or salad, with chicken or goats cheese.

Work.

By the time I go back to work, there is usually an open box of Celebrations or Miniature Heroes – so I'll have three to five of those, maybe more. On the nursing station, a box tends to last about 10 minutes.

Work.

If I'm home by now I will definitely watch Come Dine with Me.

If it's a 'normal day' and I have the evening free I will try to go to the gym or on a run. I try to cook stir fry or a salad dinner, to make up for all the sweets I've been eating throughout the day!

My boyfriend's 'normal' shifts finish at 9pm, so by the time he is in we will watch 8 out of 10 Cats or a QI rerun, then go to bed - it's difficult to work out what time to go to bed when the shift times keep changing, but I try to make it at least eight hours.

Sleep.

Elaine Burns

Elaine Burns

Wear Eponymous Ltd

Creative Director/Co-Founder

Co-Founder at Wear Eponymous - Be Your Own Story. W.E. love new designers! Visit our award-winning website to see why.

Sleep.

I wake up around this time and am sorry to say I'm one of those annoying morning people - when I'm up, I'm up and start chatting from the get go! I'll have a very quick scan of emails.

I'm a toast - granary, one butter, one peanut butter - and tea fan, while watching a bit of Good Morning Britain or listening to Chris Evans on Radio 2.

After a quick read of yesterday's paper, I shower and get ready, already deciding what's on the top of the priority list for today.

Work has most definitely begun, whether I'm working from home, heading straight to meetings or driving into the Glasgow office. I wasn't a tea drinker until my 20s, didn't like coffee until my 30s and now I meet so many people each week I'm a full- fledged latte addict!

The working day begins with emails, social media outreach, reviewing website analytics and planning for meetings. If we are shooting products for the website, we might be meeting at the photographer's studio to prep models' hair and makeup.

I try to be healthy and not snack, so if it's a good day it will be a tea, if I'm a sugar monster (more often!) it will be tea with a biscuit or slice of cake. You burn serious calories in this job!

If I'm working from home and can find a break in the day I will head to a fitness class - I can be showered and changed within the hour.

I'll make a lunch of sandwiches or porridge and banana (if out I'll grab a Boots meal deal or pasta based meal if eating in somewhere). It's almost always a working lunch while chatting over ideas and strategies.

Work.

Usually get home between these times from meetings, shoots etc and immediately take off my makeup and tie my hair back. The television goes on and I start preparing dinner. I like to cook from scratch so it'll be something quick and easy with lots of vegetables, such as stir fry or Bolognese.

I catch up with emails, social media etc. Watch some recorded TV (usually talk show or a series).

I run a bath and take a bit of time to read a book and totally relax. I love an autobiography, from celebs to successful entrepreneurs.

One more round of emails and social media and a bit of planning for the next few days.

Watch some more television before heading to bed.

Sleep.

Anna Tong

Anna Tong

Wooshii.com

VP Sales and Marketing

Sleep.

Alarm goes off and so does the cat. Hit the snooze about five times until 7.45am. Cat invariably takes up most of the bed.

Get ready, which usually involves rummaging around my wardrobe to see if anything matches - inevitably it doesn't. All my clothes are non-iron clothes (or so I tell myself). Feed cat who has already got up and has made her presence known.

Start work, get an early start on emails while at home.

Head to the office and avoid the crazy Northern Line during rush hour. Usually stop by Costa to pick up a smoothie. Tube ride usually involves reading The Stylist or, I confess, catching up on free celebrity gossip articles.

Work.

I'll sometimes head to Borough market for a bite to eat – favourites include sausages, hamburgers, chicken wrap and freshly squeezed juice – I'm also a fan of Itsu sashimi and seaweed. There's a cake shop nearby too.

Work.

Head home. I like to change the way I get home, sometimes I walk half way home and then catch a bus. I never tire of people-spotting in London!

My boyfriend will cook dinner, or we'll order from Hungry House, or the local kebab shop, or have a microwave meal. Food that is easy, tasty, quick, with hardly any washing up involved, tends to win the day.

I'll typically work several more hours with music playing in the background and cat on lap.

Bed.

Tracey Hepton

Tracey Hepton

Joe Browns

Marketing Director

Sleep.

Alarm goes off – can't believe it's morning already - nine minutes later, alarm goes off again, eight minutes later, I get up just before it goes off again. Get in the shower, wake the kids up (three times), get myself and kids ready.

Eat half a waffle, have a couple of sips of coffee, wave kids goodbye and head to work.

Three cups of coffee.

My day consists of lots of meetings, lots of juggling, generally missing lunch hour – but enjoyable none the less! Unfortunately, we have a snack machine full of stuff that's not really too good for you – so I occasionally tuck into that!

Head home.

Get home – quite tired after an hour commuting. Get mobbed by the children showing me what they've made at school! Husband generally looks frazzled and has started on the beer (just the off one though!)

Eat tea – we generally get a takeaway Friday and Saturday – very bad! Then wash up whilst husband baths kids (I do miss this bit), open mail, tidy up and get uniforms out for tomorrow. Check home emails.

Go swimming if I have enough energy / time.

Bed.

Olivia Martyn

Olivia Martyn

Olivia Cooper

Founder

Founder of Olivia Cooper - We've created a new handbag brand for women who want something just a little bit different. As seen in The Times, Stylist, Harpers Bazaar & The Londoner.

Sleep.

I wake up, hit snooze, read through my emails and check social media. I finally get out of bed, shower and get dressed. The Nespresso machine goes on and I make myself a bowl of porridge with sliced banana or peanut butter on toast.

Start work by replying to emails and working through my list of priorities.

Second coffee of the day and often a slice of toast!

Work.

I make myself lunch, which I usually eat at my desk. It's often past, or a tuna and avocado salad.

Work.

If I snack, it's often chocolate or biscuits.

Work.

I try and finish most of my work by 6pm, and often have plans in the evening for dinner with friends, so I'd be going to have a shower and get ready.

Join a friend or two for dinner.

Home and ready to watch something trashy on TV - like Eastenders of First Dates - relax, and, if I have to, finish off some work.

Bed.

Sue Welland

Sue Welland

Flendr

Co-Founder and CMO

Co-Founder and CMO Flendr, the social finance platform challenging payday lending, and taking the stress out of lending, borrowing and collecting money amongst friends and family.

Sleep.

Wake up, hit snooze for one round of eight minutes, make cup of tea, wake up 12-year-old daughter. Do 20 minutes on rowing machine, or go out for 5-10km run, or 20 minutes of Pilates.

Chat with my daughter, watching breakfast TV, go over her plans for the day. I shower and get dressed.

Emails, coffee with my husband. Leave at 8.20am for office – 5km walk (as long as it is not rainy) through glorious central London. Pick up a skinny cappuccino from Pret outside office.

Start work. At the moment my day is full of innovation and blank sheets of paper, so it will normally involve brainstorming, research and analysis, tracking customers and debating.

I rarely have a lunch break – I'll eat raw vegetables, salad, you know, something healthy - and then normally someone in the office has baked an enormous cake or bought ice creams.

Work.

I aim to get back before my daughter has had her supper, so we can all eat together. Normally avoid evening business meetings but always up for drinks with my team.

Get home, pick up on emails have seen on tube. Get a glass of wine, chat to daughter and husband whilst husband cooks fabulous meal.

Work on business propositions, which are different to the ones in the day and normally a couple of conference call. Once a week I'll go for a meal or drinks with a friend.

On computer whilst watching TV.

Family Guy, then bed.

Sleep.

Mavis Amankwah

Mavis Amankwah

Rich Visions

CEO

Award-Winning Business Owner, Marketing & PR Guru, Equality & Diversity Expert, Author, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Mother.

Sleep.

I wake up and start planning my day, take a shower - still brainstorming - get dressed and ready. I love to have a chat with my family before they leave the house.

I typically start my work at home; I check emails, business news etc.

I drive into work, popping into Costa on the way and picking up a full fat latte – it's a real vice of mine!

I tuck into a dark chocolate digestive with the third coffee – with two sugars - of the day.

Work.

I take my lunch break, normally eating a cream cheese and salmon sandwich, followed by mango chunks or a banana; unless, of course, it's Friday and we order either pizza or Chinese. I TRY to eat lunch away from my desk but it rarely happens.

Work.

I get home, take my shoes off and unwind with some music blasting.

I make dinner for my family, usually Ghanaian rice and stew.

I sit down with my daughter, we talk about her day and I glance over her homework.

I check my emails and read a chapter out of my book for that month. I love inspirational books.

Bed.

Kirsty Leighton

Kirsty Leighton

Hudson Sandler

Managing Director

PR strategist, fabulous shoe lover, mum, committed Coco Chanel wearer, partial to a glass of wine.

Sleep.

Radio 4 fills the bedroom, I lie and listen until 7am, then shower and get ready. I'm out the door by 7.45am.

I have Wednesday's off, so on these days I have a regular date with TV – Jeremy Kyle is a particular weakness.

I usually get the tube into Barbican, stop off at Pret for a muesli-yogurt bowl (in anticipation that I will have something naughtier for lunch). If I'm travelling anywhere it is always a Leon egg pot with truffle, chorizo and gruyere - I adore it!

Get to the office or arrive at the client site, I'm not fully human until I've had tea, so usually two or three in quick succession. I would have blasted my way through a couple of newspapers to bring me up to speed with the world on the way in.

Lunchtime is a great time to catch up with clients and media, so I will be out for lunch at least twice a week. Might have a cheeky glass of wine on a Friday.

Work.

If I snack, we have a brilliant array of fruit and biscuits at work. I have developed something of a jaffa cake habit and often someone brings in cakes or muffins they've made and we all stop for a natter and a cup of tea.

Work.

Leave the office.

I prepare a proper meal. As a northerner, I grew up on hot meals and enjoy this. I like to do something quick but balanced. Friday night is movie night and takeaway as a family.

Generally I flop onto the sofa and watch CSI whilst fiddling with emails, or go out to dinner with friends locally.

Run a bath and gossip with my hubby, then off to bed.

Sleep.

Christina Richardson

Christina Richardson

Openr

Co-founder and CEO

Entrepreneur, foodie, co-founder @MagicOpenr, opinionated marketer @ The Nurture Network. Firestarter.

Sleep.

Wake up and put the kettle on – our dog is so excited to see me when I go downstairs it cheers me up – shower and dressed, drink tea, run to the train (with dog!).

Land in the office and get breakfast. I love food, and breakfast is a bit of an extravagance because I love really good muesli with yoghurt and fresh berries - I can't believe it also happens to be healthy. This is closely followed by a good coffee.

Work.

I'll get lunch. I often try to combine this with a meeting with a brand owner, partner or agency strategist – as that gives me the excuse to have something tasty and indulgent. Otherwise it's at my desk , but I do manage to get outside for 15 minutes these days as I have to walk the dog.

Work.

Our guilty pleasure in the office is a Caffe Nero trip for Frappé (with cream!) in summer or cake in the winter.

Work.

Most of the team have gone home so my co-founder and I have chance to catch up on any major challenges or actions coming up.

We'll head home, unless I've scheduled a yoga or gym session for 7ish, which I do a couple of times a week to force me to get out a bit earlier.

One of us will make it home to start cooking – we have takeaway once a week - and feed the dog. If it's me, I'll get something in and sit down to some guilty TV- I can't believe I'm admitting this but Hollyoaks is my serious guilt-trip TV.

We manage to watch an hour of TV together. We have all our favourites on record so we'll choose from Elementary, Homeland, Dexter, Breaking Bad!

I'll manage a few pages of a book then fall asleep.

Sleep.

Senem Guney

Senem Guney

NarrativeDx

Founder and CEO

PhD / Entrepreneur. Founder @NarrativeDx first-of-its kind patient experience management platform.

Sleep.

I wake up, hit snooze until I get out of bed around half seven, then go to the gym in my apartment building.

15 minute shower – singing most of the time – get dressed and ready, then leave. I walk to work with my dog, sometimes I pop into the corner store to pick up a small black coffee and a breakfast taco.

Work.

I take my lunch break, normally with my co-founder and/or other members of our team - usually a grilled cheese sandwich with artichoke and aioli or an eggplant parm sandwich.

Work.

I head home.

Go out to a bistro with my husband for dinner or cook a very quick meal, like boca burgers with grilled asparagus.

Finish up other work from the day.

Shower to relax and get into comfy clothes.

Watch a HBO show with my husband. We're currently watching the first season of True Detective to warm up for the new series.

Bed.