My Working Day – Rupert Pugsley – Co-founder of Something & Nothing

Richard Pugsley

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 Rupert Pugsley – Co-founder of Something & Nothing about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

During the week between 6am – 8am, depending on what time I go to bed. I enjoy indulging in lazy weekend lie-ins.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

Sourdough toast (from St Johns or Pavillion – so tasty!), two fried eggs in coconut oil, avocado and ricotta. Black coffee (Monmouth beans – again, so tasty!)

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

As often as I can, I start the day with 45 minutes of meditation and 45 minutes of yoga.  If I’m really busy I’ll just make myself a black coffee and get to work.

First thing you do at the start of a workday?

Quick check of my emails, if nothing urgent I’ll switch them off and set to work on the priorities I’ve set out the day before or scribbled down on a pad as I was falling asleep.

How do you prioritise your work?

Based on deadlines – whatever is at risk of slowing momentum gets done first. If there is nothing urgent then I use that time to keep fine tuning different parts of our strategy and looking at what needs to be done for the months ahead. I recently spent two and half years studying masters in psychology and occupational psychology so I spend a lot of my free time planning how we can build a high performance, fulfilled and connected team.

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

I plan meetings so they’re not a waste of time.

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

I try to take a break. I usually eat breakfast around 10.30/11am, by that stage I’ve worked 3-4 hours and my girlfriend is out of bed (she’s a night owl so works late).  We try to eat breakfast together most mornings and then go for a little walk to grab a coffee together.  I then eat lunch around 3.30/4pm which I usually do while working.

When does your working day finish?

I stop for dinner around 8pm but will usually do a couple more hours of work until around 10.30pm.

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

Clean out emails which need a quick reply or filing. Review the calendar to see what meetings I have and then prioritise my to do list based on what items need my attention most.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

Not really a tech person so just have the standard bits.  My girlfriend says I spend more time with my laptop than with her so I’d have to say my laptop.

How do you switch off?

Catching up with family and friends. Watching movies and TV series.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Get it done – A.K.