Although my days are usually very varied, and often frenetic depending on the stage of a project, I thought I’d share a view of what a typical day at SPG Interior Design looks like…
8:00 – 9:00am:
My working day begins. First, I’ll look through my bullet point list, which I’ve prepared the night before, checking any ‘must-do’ tasks needed for that day. I will add any expected durations and prioritise these tasks. I find this really helps to focus my mind, especially if there’s something I don’t want to do.
I used to dive straight into my emails, but I’m currently trialing a new method I picked up from ‘The 4-hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferris, where I look at emails only twice during the day – 12pm and 4pm. Now, I don’t always stick to this, but I do find that I’m much more productive when I do. Dipping in and out of emails throughout the day is distracting (and as a creative, I can be easily distracted!).
9:00am – 12:00pm:
My morning will depend on whether I have a project on-site. Usually, I will generally have a few telephone calls throughout the day, including queries from the site, other consultants or from the client. These often lead to problem-solving on the hoof, either on the call itself or after gathering some follow up information.
Midday – 1:00pm:
Again, depending on whether I’m on-site will depend on when (and whether) I break for lunch. I’m terrible for getting stuck into something and then not stopping for hours (I know, it’s a bad habit and I am working hard to break it. One step at a time though…). Quick check of the emails before starting on the afternoon’s jobs.
1:00 – 5:00pm:
If I’m in my office, I’m likely to be working my way through drawing amends, issuing sketches or tracking down information. I have to allow some flexibility in my working days to cover this, especially towards the end of a job on-site. Most of my days include an aspect of drawing, usually on AutoCAD, preparing layouts or details for a project, or SketchUp for 3D models to present to clients.
For me hand sketching is a useful tool, as I can explain the details of a job, usually to contractors, in a quick, functional, and informative way. I leave my sketch visuals for presentations to the experts; they can do it in a fraction of the time and with far better results.
And, of course, the business side always needs tackling. Whether it’s mornings or afternoons, I tend to do 1-2-1s once a week, regular networking meetings (which have increased significantly during lockdown, but I’m conscious about building better links with the connections I’ve already made) and social media. I try to look at LinkedIn every day, and I check Facebook and Instagram which includes posting, around 2 – 3 times per week.
5:00 – 7:00pm:
This is the end of my working day, depending on where I am on any given task (and whether I’ve completed my bullet points!). I’m pretty good at not working once I’ve left the office for the day. No emails or calls once I walk out of my office and I rarely work over the weekend. Downtime as essential, it gives me the space to park my business thoughts and relax.
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