My Working Day – Eve Kekeh – Founder of Bundlee

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 Eve Kekeh – Founder of Bundlee about her working day.

What time do you usually wake up?
6:30am – thanks to my partners’ schedule. I’ve historically been a night owl, so it was a struggle to start with, but now I actually love being up early and getting going with the day.

What do you typically have for breakfast?
Recently I’ve been eating a breakfast bar with a cup of tea at the office whilst planning out my day. It really helps speed things up in the morning and gets me out of the house about half an hour earlier.

What is the rest of your morning routine?
At home I try to get moving as fast as I can. I’ve tried a leisurely morning routine before (think gym, smoothie bowl and matcha kind of vibe) but I just end up thinking about my to-do list, so I’d rather get cracking with it. So now it’s downing a big glass of water, then shower, clothes, and out the door.

I deliberately chose an office 15 minutes walk away from my home. It’s the perfect amount of time to get a bit of exercise in the morning and to wind down at the end of the day. In the morning I’ll either listen to a podcast or guided meditation on the way in, to start my day motivated.

What is the first thing you do at the start of the working day?
I usually get into the office at around 7:30. I like to have that hour by myself in the office to work out my plan for the day and get started on work before the rest of the team’s in. I write out my to-do list and then check emails, fire off quick replies and add anything that requires more work to the list.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Now that our team’s started to grow and I support them throughout the day, I found my to-do lists started to get longer at the end of the day than they were at the start! So I’ve found having maximum 3 key to-do’s followed by a list of smaller extra to-dos helps me feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day – I know I’ve made progress if the key 3 are done, anything extra is a bonus.

As a startup, things move so quickly and there’s always a new challenge, so you quickly forget what you have achieved. Being able to look back on these 3 to-do’s helps me see how far we’ve come.

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Our team’s all in the office now, so we have one team trade meeting on a Monday morning, where we all catch up on the previous week and the plans for this week. Then across the week we have more informal meetings. As we’re a small team, this just means turning our chairs around and talking! Meetings are useful to get insight from each of the business areas and we action them very quickly.

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I tend to eat my lunch at my desk and then try to go out for a 20minute walk without technology after lunch. ’Try’ is definitely the word! But I see so many benefits from getting outside and away from the laptop; I come back with a much clearer head and it really helps avoid the afternoon slump.

When does your working day finish?
Usually around 5:30, although sometimes an evening session is needed depending on what’s going on that week.

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I try to prepare for the next day by fully switching off in the evenings. Living so close to the office means I can get home before 6, which feels like a miracle! Going to the gym or doing a dance class, makes me have a better night’s sleep and feel more focused the next day. I’ve found regular exercise also really helps reduce anxiety related to the pressures of owning a business.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?
I love my morning sunrise lamp alarm clock. Waking up to the ’sunrise’ light is such a more calming start than the cortisol-raising iphone alarm!

How do you switch off?
I really love American reality tv shows and I’m not afraid to say it haha! Despite all the drama, they make me so relaxed. Add some good snacks into the mix and it’s the ultimate chill-out zone.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
This wasn’t personally said to me, but the quote “It always seems impossible until it’s done” by Nelson Mandela is one I always come back to. My mentor also said to me “shy bairns get nowt”, which gives the extra push to go past any nervousness and ask for what you want.