My Working Day – Andy Howie – Co-founder of Shaken Udder

My Working Day

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?

Business Leader spoke to Andy Howie – co-founder of Shaken Udder about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

Usually 6am – though it’s dictated by what I hear first…the dawn chorus or my young daughter!

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I like to pack in the protein, so I’ll have two hard-boiled eggs (no toast!) and some fresh fruit too.

What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?

I normally help get my daughter dressed and ready for breakfast, feed the dogs while the eggs are boiling, then head into work for a 7:30am start where I’ll have breakfast at my desk.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

Based on our overall goals for the year, everyone in the company builds individual 90-day plans. These plans detail everything we need to achieve each week, therefore ensuring deadlines don’t slip and we’re all staying on track. On a Friday afternoon, before finishing for the weekend, I plan my diary for the week ahead referring to my 90 day plan.

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

Yes meetings are all planned and extremely important to drive staff plans and the business forwards as a team, but we’re really careful not to have unnecessary meetings. They have short, sharp agendas and minutes are always taken. Any actions that come from these meetings are allocated to a person responsible, so that we know who needs to do something and by when. Productivity has been a real focus for us as the brand has grown to ensure we’re not wasting time or needlessly adding to people’s work loads.

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?

I admit to working through lunch a lot of the time – though I do think it’s good to take a break and re-set. It’s something I’m working on!

When does your working day finish?

I like to be home by 4pm (hence I’ll often work through lunch) so I can spend time with my family and daughter.

It’s very different to what my days used to be like. In the early years of Shaken Udder I had no work-life balance, starting work at 3am and finishing at gone 6pm. It’s what was needed at the time, but learning to delegate was an important step. It can be tough, but now we have an amazing team in place and the business continues to grow.

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?

I don’t really prepare for the next day’s work as I’ll have done this the week before.  But sometimes things do change a little, so I’ll have a quick check over my diary the day before to make sure I don’t need to re-schedule anything.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I’m always with my iPhone, either for emails, taking notes or tracking my runs

How do you switch off?

I run and keep fit, it gives me time to clear my head.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

That’s a tough one, I’ve received lots of good advice! Firstly that you are in control of your life – by that I mean that it’s up to you how you deal with and react to situations (positive or negative) that come your way. So, to a large degree you dictate how you want your life to be.

Work hard but work smart, never take no for an answer and do your best to have fun along the way!

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