My Working Day – Jens Knoop – Founder of Knoops

Jens Knoop

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 Jens Knoop – Founder of Knoops about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up? 

Between 6.30-7am. No alarm needed the cats are doing their job.

What do you typically have for breakfast? 

First thing: a glass of water, followed by a double espresso. Then home-made granola with yoghurt from my local dairy. There’s a little bit of chocolate in the granola, which is the perfect start for my day.

What is the rest of your morning routine? 

A good shower to de-scrub and then finding a matching pair of socks.

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

I go through emails and start flagging what needs to be answered straight away, or after my second cup of coffee or a little bit later when I’m in front of my desktop.

How do you prioritise your day’s work? 

It depends on scheduled meetings, store visits, staff training and those items lingering at the bottom of my to-do list.

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

As I am e-meeting with many chocolate suppliers from around the world, I always plan and prepare and am always on time too out of courtesy.

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

At home I’ll take a short break, but the phone is never far. When I’m in the stores, we often sit together and chat while we snack. And sometimes I’ll just skip lunch if there is a chocolate tasting in the afternoon.

When does your working day finish? 

The last piece of chocolate will be eaten at about 9.30pm and I usually have one final look at the phone at about 10.30pm before it gets connected to the charger.

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

The train journey into Central London can take up to 2 hours, which are 2 hours of un-interrupted preparation time for the day ahead. Plus, my phone is always filled with reminders and calendar alerts; I don’t trust my memory.

What’s your favourite piece of technology? 

As they work as a single unit: my noise cancellation earphones connected to my iPhone.

How do you switch off? 

I swim.

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

There is true value in every piece of advice I have been offered. All of them have been appreciated, some have been applied, others have been filed under “may need later”, none have been dismissed.