My Working Day – Danny Lowe – Founder of BLOCKHEAD

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 Danny Lowe – Founder of BLOCKHEAD, about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

I usually wake up during the week at 6.15 and 7.30 at the weekend.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I’m not always that hungry first thing. I usually eat around 10.30 and keep it simple with honey on wholemeal toast. Failing that a Leon baked bean pot.

What is the rest of your morning routine?

I live in Brighton and work in London. I usually listen to an audiobook or podcast on the walk to the station. The most recent book, Winners by Alistair Campbell. While it’s a long(ish) train journey, I enjoy the opportunity to catch up with emails and finalise projects without calls and meetings to distract me.

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

I look over our company strategy document (OST), compare this to my to do list and make sure these items are being prioritised. I also check my calendar and make sure that I am prepared for any upcoming meetings.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

Everything revolves around the company OST. If it doesn’t fit within it then it’s on the very back of the priority list. I then work out what is most important to this strategy and what is most urgent/ time-sensitive.

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

Personally, I believe that meetings are invaluable and can save a lot of time than email/slack ping pong. So long as there is a clear agenda and action points, I think meetings are a powerful tool. When working with new partners, I think you can’t beat meeting face to face. So much information and energy are conveyed via body language that you miss on teams/zoom that there really isn’t a substitute. It just doesn’t need to be every week. I do dislike the 30 min/ hour slots though. Intervals of 10 mins keeps the calendar going.

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

I try and do some exercise over lunch. I find it keeps me productive in the afternoon and helps to gain perspective on emails, meetings or calls that have happened in the day. I then eat my sandwich when I get the chance. If I can’t do that, I think some fresh air is vital for health and productivity.

When does your working day finish?

Usually around 8.30 which is when I get off the train from London. However, as with any growing business, no day is the same so it can be a little later. I’m also far more productive in the PM than the AM so sometimes later if ‘In the zone’.

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

I usually plan the week over the weekend so I have built what I need to do for each day into the week. I double-check that my calendar is covered on my to-do list to avoid any last-minute panics.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I’m a big fan of my Whoop. It’s great for ensuring that I keep health, fitness and diet at the top of my agenda. It’s made a big difference to my routine as a result. It’s incredible how important sleep is and the effect on your recovery.

How do you switch off?

Downhill mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, long walks/runs anything outside really. I also learned to fly a couple of years ago, which can take your mind off work when you are up in the sky. You also can’t beat time with family and friends hearing all their adventures and having a good laugh.

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

Life is what happens when you are making plans. So enjoy the journey.