A Day in the Life of David Rolls

6:15am: My alarm goes off. Blearily eyed, I drag myself to the bathroom to splash some cold water on my face to wake me up. I load up my Gratitude app on my phone and read my affirmations and goals to get me motivated for the day ahead.

I then head downstairs to kickstart my day with an Espresso from my new coffee machine before heading to the gym via bus.

6:45am – 8am: Gym session done, today was chest day. Even in the current climate, the gym is still busy, but I managed to get the bench press so today is already a good day. I walk back from the gym across Clapham Common as the day gets brighter and listen to my favourite podcast at the moment Fake Doctors, Real Friends, which gets me in a good mood. Sometimes I mix it up with The Mindset Mentor to learn new productivity strategies, but today I felt like listening to something funnier.

8am – 8:30am: I shower and get ready to start the day. I bought a waterproof shower speaker recently and always listen to Ricky Gervais’ old XFM shows, which are hilarious but also a sort of time capsule as they were record between 2001 – 2005. They never fail to make me laugh.

8:30am – 9:30am: I sip on my spinach, kale and frozen fruit smoothie as I clear through my emails. I hate having a messy inbox as it stresses me out, so it needs to be tidy before I start work properly. I’ll action anything urgent before our morning scrum meeting with the team. I really enjoy these morning calls as they’re very relaxed and everyone in the business are people I consider friends, so it’s more like a catch-up over a coffee than a ‘morning business meeting’. We go through our plan of attack for the day and then jump off the call to start our days.

9:30am – 11am: I respond to LinkedIn messages and conversations I have going with people in my network. After that, I follow up with current and potential clients, to book in calls to run through our Talent Partnership solution with our Co-Founder David Rees.

11am: Time for a quick break. I go for a walk around the block whilst listening to a few minutes of a podcast. We’re in the early stages of creating our own podcast, so I take mental notes of structure and interviewing techniques in between laughing to myself as people give me strange looks.

11:10 – 12:30pm: Quick check-in with a candidate I placed last week who is starting in a few days. He’s happy and has everything he needs. I carry on where I left off contacting key contacts at potential clients, making sure to do research before each email so every message is tailored, which is representative of our service and philosophy. Quality over quantity, always.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Prep for a call with a new client which I’m excited with. Our Founder David jumps on the call with me to support me in talking through our history, what we’re about and why we’re different. The call is productive and we agree terms of business, as well as receiving our first requirement.  

1:30pm – 2:30pm – lunch time! Later than usual, but it’s great to work for a company that trust you and doesn’t have rigid structures, even down to specific lunch times you take or you don’t get one at all. I cook up some belly pork and watch part of an episode of Lost (yes, I know I’m 14 years behind the Lost hype but it’s so good). 

2:30pm – 5pm: Busy afternoon spent on LinkedIn recruiter mapping out and contacting potential candidates for a requirement. I make a list of businesses usually similar technology and I’m careful around who I place into my LinkedIn project, reading their profiles thoroughly beforehand so everyone I message is most likely relevant.

I speak with an excellent candidate towards the back end of the day who I think could be a great fit. I’ve never stopped getting a thrill from finding that needle in the haystack candidate. It sounds weird but I’ve always been interested in recruitment and sourcing ‘candidates’, stemming back to my days as a kid playing Football Manager and spending hours finding those diamonds in the rough who could fit my squad perfectly.

5:15pm – we always end our day with a catch-up call. They’re very informal and on a sunny day I usually take them whilst out walking, but it’s cold and cloudy today so I’ve opted to stay in my warm room. We catch up around work but also what we’re all doing this evening.

6pm – 10pm – I make some food and crack on with a side project I started during lockdown; learning to animate. I’ve always been a huge fan of animations such as South Park, Family Guy, Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman, so I’m gladI managed to be productive during these weird times and learn a new skill.

I end the day with a glass of red and watch some rubbish TV with my housemates. Before bed, I always try to squeeze in some guitar and reading of whatever book I’m currently on (currently Hustle Harder, Hustler Smarter by 50 Cent), though I’m not very consistent with it.

The last thing I do is load up my Headspace or Sleep Cycle app and meditate for a few minutes before I go to sleep, which gets me into a calm mood before I drift off to sleep. 

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