My Working Day – Ben Amanna – Founder of Box Raw

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Ben Amanna – Founder of Box Raw about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

Either 4 or 5am,depending how late I’ve been working.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

No breakfast. I intermittent fast, so between wake – 1pm it’s strictly water and coffee.

What is the rest of your morning routine?

Caveat – I’m big on routines and my morning one has been adjusted many times over the last few years to get to where it is now. First thing after waking I make a coffee and then meditate (20 mins). I then write down 3 things I’m grateful for; 3 things I want to achieve that day; and 3 affirmations for myself/the future (5 mins). I then get changed and get to the Gym (30 mins) or Boxing (60 mins). If I go to the gym, I then swim 14 laps (c. 10mins), jump in the sauna (15 mins) and then cold shower (10 mins). I’ll then get into the office by 7am to read through our yearly and quarterly goals, respond to emails and read through my schedule for the day to mentally prepare. 8-9 is Book Club when the whole office come in early to read and learn.

What is the first thing you do at the start of the working day?

It’s different each day but typically I’ll try work on things/have meetings that require creative thinking. I find this is when I’m at my peak so leave more operational tasks/calls to later.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

Using Outlook, I schedule EVERYTHING. Throughout the week I use Monday.com to add tasks to a ‘backlog’ so I don’t get distracted from what I need to achieve that week. On Saturday and Sunday, after reading weekly reports, and yearly and quarterly goals, I’ll create 3-6 goals for the week which are non-negotiable and are then scheduled into my calendar (usually in my morning slots). Then a selection of my ‘backlog’ tasks are added to my ‘weekly to do’ which are then scheduled into the weeks calendar. At the start of every week I know exactly what I’m doing and when. I’ll also make a point to leave some gaps for ad-hoc tasks that pop up. Scheduling > To Do’s!

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

I plan everything. However I also try leave space for random meetings if required.

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

Working lunch however I fully recognise that taking a break would be beneficial. I’m just not there yet.

When does your working day finish?

Between 8-10pm, depending on meetings/workload.

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

At the end of every day I write down 3 things that went great throughout the day and 3 things that could have been improved (5 mins). I’ll then Journal, reflecting on the day and essentially talk to myself trying to solve any problems I’m facing (20 mins). I then read through my weekly goals, check through that days schedule for anything that requires a follow up or needs rescheduling, and then replan (if required) the following day to set me up for success (15 mins).

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

Shopify.

How do you switch off?

Boxing, longboarding and chilling with friends/the office.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Control what you can and do the best with the rest.

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