My Working Day – Philip Linardos – CEO of ShelfNow

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 Philip Linardos, CEO and Co-founder of ShelfNow, about his working day.

What time do you wake up?

I start my workday at 8 am after I have enjoyed a morning coffee to set me up for the rest of the day. 

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I always make sure I find time for breakfast before I start work. For me, having at least three meals a day is important as it helps to fuel my brain and body and enables me to perform better throughout the day.

I eat a savoury breakfast that usually comprises a grilled sandwich and/or eggs. Sometimes it may be accompanied by oatmeal too and I always have an espresso coffee.

What is the rest of your morning routine?

I like to use my mornings to action urgent emails and messages from colleagues. I also use this time to reflect on what I have coming up in the day. 

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

Each day I prioritise checking emails and messages for the first 30 minutes of the day. It’s important for me to feel up to speed on everything that requires my attention during the first half an hour of my working day.

 How do you prioritise your day’s work?

As I’m feeling more alert in the mornings, I make sure I am responding to emails and completing tasks that require more brainpower during this time. Once I have got these tasks out of the way, it leaves me with plenty of time for meetings and less urgent activities in the afternoon.

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

I like to ensure that most of my meetings are in the late morning and continue over into the afternoon after I’ve had time to complete the most time-sensitive tasks for the day. In our fast-paced environment, meetings are essential and a great way for us to build strong relationships with our partners. 

If a meeting is being held over a call then I like to try and take these whilst I am walking as this not only helps me to get some much-needed steps in my day but I also find it boosts my productivity. If I have a lot of meetings planned for one day, I always make sure I have some time between them (at least 10-15 minutes) as this gives me time to decompress and pick up on anything urgent.

Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?

Most of the time I have lunch on the go as my days are busy. 

When does your working day finish?

As a busy entrepreneur, my workdays rarely finish at the same time. However, by 8 pm I usually finish any calls or meetings, especially external ones. However, nighttime work can often be essential and when this happens I like to spend some time working during hours when distractions cease to exist – normally between 11 pm to 1 am.

Being an entrepreneur sometimes means I work longer hours but as I am passionate about our venture and what we have achieved in such a short space of time, work never feels too long. However, I’m a big advocate for quality over quantity at work. 

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

Every evening I like to relax and rest before another productive day at work. Once I have finished for the day, I like to incorporate exercise into my evening before preparing dinner.

Basketball is a big passion of mine and something that I have played since my childhood. If I’m not playing basketball then I usually spend three to four evenings a week in the gym as I love to keep fit.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

As I tend to have such a busy schedule, I’m a big fan of productivity apps. There are several different apps that I like to regularly use and I find these help to keep things in order, whether it’s messaging colleagues, file-sharing or managing projects.

How do you switch off?

I have always loved sports and physical exercise but since the pandemic, it is something that I have kept up even more. As a result, I have seen huge benefits to my productivity and overall health and I am always finding ways to prioritise it in my week. 

To help me switch off, I love to walk my dog Gloria to the nearest park every chance I get. I got Gloria during the pandemic and she has been a great source of company for me ever since. Animals are always there for you and you can learn a great deal from taking care of them. 

I value time offline and I think it’s important that we all put the time in our diaries and busy schedules to switch off. In the evenings and over the weekends I enjoy spending time with loved ones and soaking up London’s exciting food scene. When possible, I also like to find time for travel.

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

I was once told that in business, it’s important to ask yourself “what am I good at, and what am I not so good at?”. Throughout my career and especially since I co-founded ShelfNow, I have found this advice to be invaluable. Making sure that you are focusing on what you do best is key along with identifying your needs. Once that’s established, you want to start attracting/hiring/associating yourself with people whose strengths and influence complement your ability.