My Working Day – Paul Ephremsen – Founder of Origin’40 and Chairman of ID Agency

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 Paul Ephremsen – Founder of Origin’40 and Chairman of ID Agency about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

I usually wake up about 5am to the sound of bells – we moved house recently and the local church bells ring every hour which I find therapeutic in a strange sort of way!

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I always start with a black Nespresso while I catch up on the news. During lock-down I got into the habit of making an omelette most mornings. If it’s a golf day then normally a bacon roll!

What is the rest of your morning routine?

I like to do my morning emails in a coffee shop if possible – I love being around people and enjoy the hustle and bustle of working in those sorts of environments – even if I have to have my headphones on.

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

I don’t really have a routine in the same way I did when I was in the early part of my career. That’s partly due to the fact I directly manage less people in my current roles, and also because the new flexible working model has given us all a less regimented routine, which I believe is a great thing. Rush hours are hopefully a thing of the past.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

I always start a fresh to do list. It’s a habit I can’t break. I find it a great way to stop my mind racing and it really helps with prioritisation.

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

I am responsible for board meetings for three of my businesses so yes, there are certainly agenda’s and I try to ensure we are prepared and focus. I think generally the fact that many meetings are virtual now has meant people are better prepared and aren’t getting together for the sake of it.

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

It really depends. Some days I work right through without even thinking about lunch. Other days I will get out for some fresh air. The best days are business lunches with colleagues and partners that might extend on late into the afternoon. But they are of course rare!

When does your working day finish?

Anytime. I really have no set routine. I can be anywhere and working at any time. That’s what I love about running businesses – work never feels like work so I tend not to think about the hours I am focusing on ‘work’ related things.

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

These days I am rarely in formal situations that require vast amounts of preparation. Having said that on the odd occasion I will have an event or meeting that needs some prep, and anxiety levels can still run high unless I’m fully prepared and well rested.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

My wireless headphones. Not exactly high tech but I’m rarely without them.

How do you switch off?

I play golf a few times a week with old friends and business colleagues. The perfect blend of fitness, fresh air, socialising and competitiveness.

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

Not so much advice as behaviour – I believe in honesty and integrity. I guess I must thank my parents for instilling that in me. I firmly believe acting with honesty and integrity is the way to build long term success in business, and life.

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