My Working Day – Raphael Chow – Founder of Wevat

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 Raphael Chow – Founder of Wevat, about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

8:20am.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

Black coffee. I love the smell of coffee and hand grind my own beans every morning. The aroma is more than enough to make up for the lack of food for breakfast!

What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?

A 10 minute guided meditation using Headspace, lemon ginger tea (made with fresh lemon and ginger), and about 2-3 times a week, 45 mins of gym.

First thing you do at the start of a workday?

Open up Sunsama – a new app I’ve recently come to love that combines my todo-list and my calendar.

How do you prioritise your work?

Every day, I set three goals I must achieve, and then go through a list of things that I’d like to do. I also place heavier emphasis on tasks that can unblock other team members I’ve delegated to.

I almost never go through my to-do list simply because of how much there is. So personal prioritisation and working tightly to unlock full team potential is very important.

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

Team meetings for me fulfill two goals: (i) to align on and make decisions, (ii) to bond with team members. If a meeting does not achieve at least one of those two objectives, I will opt to not have it and encourage the team to resolve the question in hand through Slack instead.

External meetings are about building connections, exploring potential possibilities. Whether it was a good use of time is harder to define, so I try to use 2-3 evenings a week to meet new people or catch up with my existing network.

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

I used to have working lunches, but now these are reserved only for the gravest of times.

Coming up for air is so important, so I now watch a 10-20 minute documentary when having lunch to relax whilst staying informed about the world. CNBC and Bloomberg Quicktake have become some of my favourites.

When does your working day finish?

I would love to say it stops at 7pm, but that’s ceased to be true ever since I started Wevat. It’s been particularly busy during this period because of our France launch, so I typically go meet people for dinner / drinks between 7-9pm, then come back to dust off some more work until about 12:30am to 1am.

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

I will go onto Sunsama, take all the tasks from today that weren’t done and ask myself how important they are, and if they really need to be done tomorrow. If not, I will reprioritise them for later in the week and then start planning my day to quite a lot of precision – almost every hour of my day is accounted for, and for days where I’m expecting unknown things to happen, I’ll include a bigger buffer of time with unscheduled work so I have capacity to take this on.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

The Remarkable tablet. Most tech distracts, but this helps me focus.

How do you switch off?

Intense cardio followed by a hot shower with 30 seconds of cold water at the end is my favourite – it really gets the endorphins going.

The more epicurean side of me would say wine tastings – I’m an avid wine lover and go to lots of wine tastings, including trade tastings to meet producers, which are always a treat!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.”

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