Rubicon Recruitment’s Managing Director, Lloyd Banks, has established 7 work habits, which are implemented throughout the office for better work practices.



Have clear goals of what you want to achieve over the coming months and years. You should either write these down or create visual ‘mood’ boards to help you focus. The more you focus on something, the more likely it is to occur so remember to think positively.

Use the SMART acronym if this helps;

  • Specific
    What do you want to achieve? Have well-defined, exact goals.
  • Measurable
    How are your goals measured? Is it in the number of clients or the earnings you wish to generate? Is it a particular feeling you want when your goals have been accomplished?
  • Action Oriented
    Are your goals achievable and does your lifestyle enable you to reach them?
  • Relevant & Results Focused
    What is the objective of your goals and why have you set these?

When do you want to achieve these by? Have a timeline so you know what you’re aiming for.


Similar to using the SMART acronym, ensure you have a plan of how, why and when. Break your goals down into small, achievable tasks so each day you are closer to achieving what you want.

  • Plan for at least 15 minutes per day
  • Remember attention wavers after 45-60 minutes
  • Group different types of activities
  • Kick start the next day by starting the next days work before you leave work


Within the office we often implement ‘power hours’, starting the working day with a clear focus of what we want to achieve. This intense focus ensures the important tasks are given our full attention. Whichever task you are focusing on, give it everything you’ve got.


You can spend forever establishing goals and planning how to achieve them, but if you never actually ‘execute’ these, nothing is going to happen. There are always examples of people who ‘talk the talk’ but real success is shown in the results of our actions. If you say you’re going to do something, commit to the task and see it through until it’s finished. Bit by bit, your goals will start to manifest through your commitment to achieve the smaller tasks along the way.


Plan your day by allocating tasks to their own hour. Tell yourself this hour is dedicated to a certain task and this task only. When the next hour starts it’s time to move onto a different task. This ensures each item on your to-do list is given a certain priority and will help you work your way through the items that need attention.


Lloyd sets aside a particular time of the afternoon to check his emails. This ensures his to-do list is not interrupted by unnecessary items, which probably don’t need your immediate attention. If it’s urgent, people call!Whilst this may not be realistic for all of us, it does highlight the importance of eliminating items in your day that can cause a distraction and take away your focus from what you need to do. Turn off notifications, set aside a time to check emails and stop looking at your phone. Procrastination is not helpful.


To help keep you on track, take a moment each week to reflect on what you’ve achieved so far. This can also help to re-motivate you on the days you feel you haven’t achieved anything, or give you the extra push you need to work that little bit harder.

For further advice speak to one of our specialist Recruitment Consultants by calling 01202 680 311