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Video clip: Amy tries to pace her work throughout the week. She knows that she works best first thing in the morning and tries to do this when she has a deadline.

So when we're talking about consistency, what I mean by that is, for example, rather than go into work on a Monday and doing 14 hour working day and then on a Tuesday being so exhausted that you can't possibly do more than five or six hours, it will be much better to split that time. So that, even if, on Monday you didn't feel like you had finished what you needed to, picking it up on Tuesday with a fresh pair of eyes might be better. Now of course, this isn't always possible.

We all know the demands of [laughs] an academic or an entrepreneurial job but, I mean, in terms of sport it's a similar thing. Rather than going through a race, you know, sort of about 80% and then trying to do a 120% in the last quarter, it's better to actually just consistently go for it the whole time at about 100%. And I apply that quite a lot to my working, working life because the temptation to, 'Just do another hour. Oh, just do another hour and that will be done before tomorrow,' when actually, when you get tired and you start making mistakes and then you have to review your work tomorrow because you've made mistakes, and actually, it just becomes inefficient.

Yeah, absolutely. I mean I'm a morning person so I prefer to get up and work, I would prefer to get up what most people would probably consider horribly early and, probably my rowing training coming out [laughs] there. So I'd happily get up at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning and start working immediately if there was a big deadline that day rather than work up all through the night to 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning the night before.

But I'm much more, I know that I would work more effectively in the morning so it's better for me to do that rather than to over work and stress myself the night before [laughs].