My Working Day – David García González – Founder of GoLocalise
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example and 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? We spoke to David García González, Founder and CEO of GoLocalise, about his working day.
What time do you wake up?
6:30am is when the alarm buzzes, and I roll out of bed. The early morning has this calm that I’ve grown to love. It feels like my own quiet time before the world wakes up, and it’s like a little advantage to start the day right.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I grab some cereal with blueberries, a splash of almond milk, and a mug of green tea. It’s nothing fancy but does the job. It keeps me going and reminds me that starting the day with something healthy is a good call.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
After I’ve eaten my breakfast, I either enjoy going for a run or spending time lifting weights before I read a book or an interesting article. All of these things in combination help to clear my head, get my blood pumping and overall put me in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I settle down with my to-do list, have a look over what’s on my plate, and sort it out by prioritising my tasks. It helps me dive into the day confidently, knowing what’s urgent and what doesn’t require immediate attention.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
I break things down into what’s really got to get done and what can take the back seat. Sometimes organising a quick chat with the team is helpful as we can work out what we should all be focusing on, which helps to keep all of our projects ticking along nicely.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Meetings certainly have their place, but I’m very careful about organising them. I always make sure that we have a solid agenda that we stick to, and don’t invite anyone who doesn’t need to be there. There isn’t any sense in turning meetings into a chat-fest when we have work to do. Meetings are a space to productively discuss our projects and work.
Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?
Having a break at lunchtime is essential for me, as it’s like a mini-recharge in the middle of the day that really helps me keep going. I like to put the brakes on, grab something tasty and if I have the chance, go for a wander.
When does your working day finish?
I aim to wrap up around 6pm, but you know how it is; sometimes things run over. I do my best to balance work and life, though. Can’t let one take over the other, right?
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I take stock of what’s been done and what hasn’t, then sketch out a plan for the next day. It’s like tidying up before bed, so I’m not waking up to a mess. It makes the next morning that much smoother, and means I can be more relaxed in my morning routine as I already know my schedule for the day.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
It has to be my iPhone. It’s like my little personal assistant that fits in my pocket, keeping me up to date, giving me directions and even turning on my lights at home if I ask nicely.
How do you switch off?
I like to do anything that takes my mind off work that helps me to wind down. This can range from meditation to painting, to playing a game of softball with my friends.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A wise person once said to me, ‘Embrace failure as part of the journey.’ This was an absolute game-changer for me, as it taught me that it’s okay to mess up. In fact, it’s actually the best way to learn and grow. After hearing this, a lot of the fear that arises out of trying new things was taken away, which is huge.