My Working Day – Niki Rein – founder and creative director of Barrecore

My Working Day

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 Niki Rein – founder and creative director of Barrecore, about her working day.

WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?

5:30am (when my daughter yells ‘mamaaa!’ for the 10th time).

WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?

I usually have a celery juice followed by a black coffee then have something more substantial around 11 or 12 like bacon and avocado.

WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?

Play, feed and chase my toddler and organise what I need for the day ahead by checking my calendar to make sure I have what I need with me for the day. My days are varied and often include outfit changes, so a well-packed bag is always on the morning to-do list

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOUR WORKING DAY?

I do a quick check on Slack, our internal communications system, to make sure I am up to date in anything urgent and then I focus on my main priority for the day before reading the rest of my messages and emails

HOW DO YOU PRIORITIES YOUR DAYS WORK?

I always prioritise who is in front of me, as Barrecore is a people business at its core. My days also tend to have a lot of meetings, so admin and emails/messages always get pushed to later. In order to make sure the little things don’t turn into big things, I try to plan in admin time at the end of the day.

DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?

I think meetings are very valuable. Connecting in the same room (or virtually), cuts through a lot of noise and doubt in the decision and execution processes. It’s also a great time to connect to colleagues, clients, etc on a human level. However, meetings can be frustrating if they lag on for too long or don’t have a focus. After some quick chit-chat, a short, clear agenda and a hard stop is key to effective meetings.

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?

It is definitely good to take a break, but I am notorious for eating as I am walking to or in a meeting. I do try to eat outside when I can and when the weather permits. Eating outside or with good company is good for the soul.

WHEN DOES YOUR WORKDAY FINISH?

I aim to be home before my daughter goes to bed so I leave around 5:30pm to play with her and get her in bed. I will then do another hour or so of work. Usually, admin and planning for the next day.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?

I always look at my week ahead on Sunday afternoon to slot in times when I need to prepare or give my self-thinking time. Also, at the end of each day, I do a short positive visualisation of the day ahead. This not only sets me up to feel excited about the new day but also catches any potential scheduling or travel errors.

HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?

A walk in the park with my family or something binge-worthy on Netflix does the trick

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?

Treat your staff like they are the most valuable clients and your staff will treat clients like VIPs.

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