Each week, The Residents asks a Wellington local to describe their typical, capital day.
8:30 - On my typical Wellington day - which is a mash up of all my different days - I get up around 8:30. My apartment is a four-minute walk from Creative HQ which is great. I have a shower, get dressed, grab a coffee and swing down to the office. Normally I don’t eat breakfast. I think it’s a hangover from my days in hospitality where there wasn’t really time in the morning. I normally get coffee either from home, or I'll make a plunger when I get in to work. I have to walk past Customs, Egmont Street Eatery, or Red Rabbit on my way to work so the selection is pretty good if I feel like buying a coffee too.
9:00 - I get into work. The first thing I do every morning is email. I’m an inbox zero kind of person so on any given day there are only 5-6 emails in my inbox - it really helps me to keep focused on what is happening next. It generally takes me anywhere from half an hour to an hour and I will continue to do that throughout the day. I snooze emails if I need to do them later - I have a bunch of Gmail extensions that keep me productive.
9:45 - I'll have a quick re-cap of what I need to get done today. At the moment because we are recruiting applicants it is a mix of checking some of our promotional stuff - like social media, Google Adwords - and dealing with teams that have been referred to us directly. I look at our application platform to see if new applications have come in, and bring them across to our CRM and fire off emails so they know who I am and know where to come if they need tips or resources from us. Then I'll work out what my priorities need to be for the rest of the day.
10:30 - 11:00 - I do early lunch generally after I have finished that. Because Creative HQ is on the corner of Taranaki and Dixon Streets, there is a huge amount of choice about what to eat as far as Wellington goes. Sometimes I bring my lunch if there has been left overs, but most days I will buy something in town. I eat a lot of sushi. I sometimes have Subway. There is a great bento place down the road. Sometimes on a Friday I get Burger Fuel. I like to keep it mixed up. I tend to leave out the extras or drinks - buying lunch can be expensive enough without adding more stuff.
12:00 - Work starts for me properly around midday when everyone else is out for lunch because working out of sync with everyone else is my preference. I drop my headphones in and start to power out some of the heavier stuff. Last week I made a promotional video, and next week I'll be reaching out to Startups that have applied to other accelerators around the world. I'll write posts for social media, continue to keep my inbox clear, and tackle some of the longer-form emails. I've also been contacting entrepreneurship groups and other startup institutions to find applicants for the programme. Mostly through the day I liaise with Laura, the Programme Director, about other things we have to get done: sponsorships, founding investment, our coworking space for the programme, and organising the right mentors etc. Afternoons are pretty mixed, but always involve a lot of reading and writing on my computer.
2:00 - 3:00 - Once I have got the big stuff out of the way I will go and have a coffee maybe with someone from work. Now I can chill out a bit more and sometimes I'll squeeze in a podcast or Ted talk over the afternoon.
4:00 - 5:00 - I plan for the next day, and check my inbox again. Some nights I will wander off at 5ish and go out and grab some dinner or a drink with friends - I like to eat out and there is so much awesome choice in Wellington. Other nights I'll have chunky bits of work like writing content - and I'll pull a late one at the office.
9:00 - 10:00 - I try and make it home around this time. I’ve been making my way through Mad Men on Netfix. But last week I watched the whole series of Master of None - which was hilarious. I generally am in bed by 11 or midnight. Sometimes I do a bit of freelance development work before I go to bed - just to keep the coding fingers alive. To turn off my brain, I tend to read tech news - it sounds like it wouldn't do that, but it really puts me to sleep. I generally spend a bit of time scrolling on my phone, before I drift off. I think I do above average in terms of sleep - I need it to help me maximise what I do during the day.