How Julie Bishop Runs Her Day

To-do lists. Sunrise runs. Open mindsets. The former Foreign Minister reveals her productivity tips to help you run your day better.

By Danielle Pinkus


To-do lists. Sunrise runs. Open mindsets. The former Foreign Minister reveals her productivity tips to help you run your day better.

By Danielle Pinkus

We’re still collectively adjusting to a new look ministry without one of Australian politics’ most accomplished women. Since MP Julie Bishop resigned from her position as Foreign Minister in the fallout of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ousting, women around the country having been in bipartisan mourning.

Yet, despite sitting on the backbench until the impending election, Bishop is doing anything but fading quietly into the political background. If anything, her public cachet has never been in better shape.

From beginnings on a cherry farm in the Adelaide Hills, to a law firm partner by age 26 and a career in politics, being Julie Bishop takes discipline and cultivated daily habits. Future Women spoke to the woman of the political hour, to give you tips from her airtight routine.


Set Up The Morning Right:

On an average day, Bishop runs between six to 10 kilometres. We’re not suggesting you do the same, but research shows exercise improves cognition, productivity and memory. “It’s my way of starting the day, re-setting my body clock or recovering from jetlag,” says Bishop. “My runs are also a time for me to think, reflect and contemplate any personal or professional challenges for the day.”

Stay Consistent:

Creating positive habits takes consistent repetition. “My daily routine varies – it can consist of back-to-back meetings, visiting electorates, local businesses or community groups, media interviews and speaking at events,” says Bishop. “My morning run is the one constant that brings stability and routine to my day, wherever I am in the world.”

Cultivate Relationships:

“In my role as managing partner of a law firm in the 1990s and as a Parliamentarian since 1998, I have always sought to build strong teams,” says Bishop. “My office operates as a flat management structure so that everyone is included in the discussions leading to decisions.”

Prioritise And Keep An Airtight To-Do List:

Bishop starts her day in the office with an unshakable to-do list, which acts as an insurance plan for a productive day. “I am a great believer in to-do lists, and sticking to them,” she says. “By identifying priorities and dealing with the most important tasks first I gain great satisfaction seeing a task to completion and crossing it off the list.”

Avoid Serving Others’ Agendas:

Like most of us mere mortals, Bishop admits there have been times when self-doubt has crept in. “Recognising that others will often set standards or benchmarks for me that they would not set for themselves is something I also bear in mind to eliminate self-doubt,” says Bishop.

Be Open To New Experiences:

Bishop is a believer in allowing personal experiences guide career moves. “In 1996, I took a sabbatical at Harvard Business School. Not only did it lead me down the path to politics but I started thinking about the importance of studying abroad,” she says. “My early exposure to our region and my later study abroad were powerful experiences.”

To celebrate the launch of Future Women join us on Tuesday 30 October 2018, for an “Off The Record” discussion with the Honourable Julie Bishop MP and guest speakers. Tickets are selling fast so book your place.