My Working Day – Luke Boase – Founder of Lucky Saint
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 Luke Boase – Founder of Lucky Saint about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I’m up at 7 and I try to get the kids up before I head off to work so I can spend some time with them.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Our office serves porridge with all the trimmings so that’s become my staple.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
I like to walk to and from work. It’s an hour to make a few calls, clear my head and it separates work life from home life.
What is the first thing you do at the start of the working day?
I always write down my to-do list.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
We work to Jeff Bezos’ one way/two-way door approach. Two-way door decisions are ones that you can come back from. One way doors are the decisions which you can’t come back from. So my priorities are always those one-way doors and the big strategic projects.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
As a result of the lockdown, we’ve massively reduced the number of meetings we have. It became all-consuming. Meetings are now 45 minutes max, they always have an agenda, and always have next steps.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
Lunch is always blocked out in my diary, though I don’t always stick to it. I have also started doing a 5km run during the day, often at lunch, just to get the body moving.
When does your working day finish?
I usually finish around 7 and then walk home. It’s an hour, but it’s a great time to process the day and zone out of work before I get home.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
For me, switching off is the best way of preparing for the next day, so I turn off notifications and try to get my head out of work.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
I’ve just got a Remarkable. It’s a digital notebook with no email or other distractions. And no backlight so you can use it in the evening without it waking you up. It’s a game-changer.
How do you switch off?
Exercise is the key for me. Nine of us recently completed Mental Health First Aid Training and it was during these sessions that I realised just how important exercise is for me to stay mentally healthy.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Surround yourself with great people. Our core values at Lucky Saint are to be generous, stay humble, and get lucky. I feel incredibly lucky to work alongside a team that Emma, our Managing Director, and I trust implicitly, and we have faith in them to get on with making the magic happen. It is always a team effort.