My Working Day – James Holloway – Gooey

My Working Day
James Holloway Gooey
James Holloway, founder of Gooey

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?

Business Leader spoke to James Holloway, founder of Gooey.

What time do you wake up and why?

I have 3 children so rarely get to lie in past 6am. Once I am up I spend some time with the children having breakfast, then I usually leave the house at 7.30am to get into the office for 8am.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

I like to start the day fully energised so usually several pieces of fruit or something oat based such as porridge.

What’s your morning routine before work?

Once I arrive at the office at 8am, I go for a 20 minute walk down the canal (Rochdale canal) which helps me gather my thoughts and plan for the day ahead.

What’s the first thing you do to start your working day?

My day begins with checking through my emails, I usually have quite a few to get through!

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

This changes each day but it is usually dictated by deadlines. As MD my role is very much reactive, so I am constantly receiving calls, emails, messages and tasks from clients and team members. This takes up about 80% of my time, with the other 20% focused on company strategy.

Do you plan meetings or is that a waste of time?

Meetings are kept to a minimum at Gooey unless necessary. I find most meetings unproductive and more can be achieved with quick chats and phone calls. Some clients prefer meetings which is great, but we like to set an agenda so it is productive for all involved.

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

For many years I worked through lunch and ate at my desk, but now I make a conscious effort to take a lunch break. As I do in the morning, I like to get out of the office and go for a 20 minute walk which gives me some thinking time.

When does your day finish?

Usually about 6pm – I like to get home before 7pm and see my children for 30 minutes before they go to bed. Sometimes I am required to stay at the office until late but I try to leave on time wherever I can.

How do you prepare the next day’s work?

As a reactive agency this is hard, as things come in and out very quickly. The devs work to a schedule but for the Account and Project Managers and I, our day-to-day changes to suit our client’s needs.

What’s your favourite piece of tech?

Definitely my phone, I am on it pretty much all day whilst in or out of the office and it allows our clients to message or call me anytime.

How do you switch off?

Since starting Gooey in 2009 I don’t think I have ever truly switched off – the company, our team and clients are always on my mind. I try to spend at least 1-2 hours in the gym each day but my phone is never far away.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don’t dwell on things. Most problems can’t be solved at 3am whilst lying in bed!

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