My Working Day – Tillie Peel – Founder of The Pop-Up Club

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 Tillie Peel – Founder of The Pop-Up Club, about her working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

I don’t have a set routine day-to-day, and my weeks are constantly changing, so no day is ever the same. Typically, my alarm is set for 6:30 am though, but I am definitely guilty of pressing snooze! When I’ve got some early starts, I’ll push past it to be up on time though.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

Again it can vary, but if I’m on the go then I’ll try and grab something I can take with me.

I do think breakfast is one of the important meals of the day, so I will try and have something healthy. At the moment, I’ve been enjoying eggs and bagels.

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

If I’m working from home then it will usually be checking in on social media first thing, but that can also depend on where my head is at. I used to try and sleep with my phone in a different room to try and get a break from social media at one point.

Otherwise, I will try and get out with my dog first thing to clear my head and get some exercise before starting work.

First thing you do at the start of a workday?

I will usually check my diary. My diary is my lifeline and I am old school, so it’s a paper one as I like to write everything down. After that, I will usually check my emails and catch up on priorities with the team.

How do you prioritise your work?

Again I go back to pen and paper, and I write lists to keep me organised. My brain works visually so I find it easier to have it written out in front of me.

I find prioritising work quite easy. Usually for The Pop-Up Club, we are working on fast turnarounds with spaces, so there really is no room for procrastination.

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

Meetings are very important for us, so we do have weekly meetings with all our staff. These have become even more important now we are working remotely a lot of the time.

I really relish working with people and it helps to bounce off each other and gives us all motivation.

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

It totally depends as if I’m in the zone then I will work through until late at night, even sometimes until 11pm.

If I’m less busy, I will prioritise breaks and focus on seeing people. We typically have a quieter time at the start of the year, so I use that as my time to catch up with friends and family too.

When does your working day finish?

My typical day is 10am until 6pm and I find that I work really well in the evening time and into the night. I’m definitely a bit of a night owl! I’ll usually get my notepad out and then I can note down ideas as I find they come to me in the evenings usually.

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

Sundays I’ll try and prepare for the week ahead, especially as it helps the team, so it’s not just for me. I’ll then be able to catch up with everyone in our team meeting on a Monday afternoon and discuss what we need to achieve that week.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

My phone, it has to be!

How do you switch off?

Oh lots of different ways, I’m quite into painting at the moment and reading.

In summer, it was really hard to switch off as we were so busy at The Pop-Up Club and over the Christmas period, it was really intense, so that was hard too.

I also try to focus on mindfulness every day, as it helps me to get what I want at work. After all, you have to figure out why you do this!

The best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I think it’s the saying that ‘It takes time.’

I remember it from when I was in London after being away and was still in the early stages of The Pop-Up Club. It was my best friend’s mum who said it to me, and I was sofa surfing and grafting to make things happen, so it was taking its toll. She just told me, ‘You will make it, you just will.’

And that hits home, even though it was eight years ago.

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