My Working Day – Holly Bott – Global Managing Director, YMU Entertainment

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 Holly Bott, Global Managing Director at YMU Entertainment, about her working day.

What time do you wake up?

If I let myself naturally sleep, it wouldn’t be before midday – I do like to sleep, it’s one of my favourite things. But when I have to get up, I am normally up at 7.30 am, depending on if I’m in London or away visiting our global partners.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

Black coffee, enough said.

What is the rest of your morning routine?

It varies – Radio 4 is usually in the background, though – lots of emails, which I look at on my commute in. Then every day is different, however, it’s made up of clients, phone calls and avoiding Zoom ( I have big Zoom fatigue after the pandemic).

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

Scan over my emails and prioritise my day, check what’s come in overnight and then have a quick check-in with my assistant. Hopefully, there hasn’t been any challenges that we need to deal with!

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

Don’t try and put off the little things and make space to reply to everything – I hate people chasing me! Try and go back to everything and everyone with a holding note at least, that’s really important with our business culture.

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

Depends! We do plan meetings, however, I am a big believer in informal catch-ups, either over the phone or just ad-hoc at a desk – the best collaboration happens informally rather than planning in advance.

I try and avoid a day of back-to-back meetings because it’s hard to keep the energy.

Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?

This depends if I am out and about – I am Deliveroo’s best customer!

When does your working day finish?

It kind of doesn’t because we are a global company, however, it’s important to always remind myself to take some downtime, and lead by example for our team. It can be really easy to just keep on going!

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

Try and get a decent night’s sleep – I have become obsessed with my Oura ring which tells me how much sleep I need and what quality it is (normally I am disappointed with the results).

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

My PlayStation 5 because when I’m on that, I’m not thinking about anything else.

How do you switch off?

Reading! I am currently reading Flowers of Algernon. Science fiction would never be something I am drawn to, however, a client sent me a copy and now I can’t put it down.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Do the right thing, not the easiest thing, which aligns with our YMU values.