Boss it Like

How to Boss it Like… Lauren Armes, Founder of Welltodo

By Kitty Knowles 26 January 2017

These leaders are changing our world for the better. We find out how they get the job done.

There are a handful of business leaders and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world. From Sally Gunnell to Charlotte Pearce and Charles Armstrong, these smart people seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.

This morning we’re talking to Lauren Armes, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.

Lauren Armes is the founder and director of Welltodo, an online platform specialising in global wellness. It’s more than news. Building on Armes’ background in international business, Welltodo offers insights into the industry, classes for entrepreneurs and events to bring wellness leaders together… and Armes still finds time to write for Women’s Health magazine.

A busy woman, with big ideas, The Memo asked her how she gets it all done…

What time do you get up, and what part of your morning routine sets you up for the day? 

Right now, since it’s winter, I wake up at 7am – to the sound of birds chirping and sunshine – thanks to my Lumie clock.

I drink a half a litre of water with some Himalayan sea salt to re-hydrate, meditate for 15 minutes, and then dive into some freestyle journalling for 15-20 minutes. This is my non-negotiable morning routine!

 On days when I work from home, I’ll do some intense exercise for 20 minutes (go for a run, do some stair climbs and hiit) to get my brain firing, before a hot shower, some breakfast and sitting down at my computer to start the day.

If I’m going into the office, I’ll plan to exercise in the evening – starting my day by tackling emails on the train.

What apps do you use to be more productive?

Headspace is the first app I engage with each day, while my phone is still on flight mode. To stay organised and on top of my to-do list, I use Trello – both on my desktop and iPhone.

Other apps that I use on a daily basis include Xero to check cashflow and manage expenses, 1Password, and WhatsApp to communicate with my team.

What smartphone do you have?

iPhone 6, Rose Gold, 12GB

The quote, FYI, says: “There is always plenty more where that came from” – which I apply to pretty much everything positive.

How many people, outside of family, do you meet in a day? And broadly speaking, who are these people?

5-6. Typically, they’re clients, prospective clients, my team, or founders in the wellness sphere. I conduct meetings over the phone or on Facetime where possible, as I find it a lot more productive.

What book have you read, either recently or in the past, that has inspired you?

I’m currently reading the latest book by Tim Ferriss called Tools of Titans. It’s an amalgamation of a lot of his podcast content and is jam packed with practical tips for living more productively and purposefully.

The health section is really interesting and quite complex, but has inspired me to explore new ways of exercising, eating and thinking – some of which I’d never even heard of before!

What advice would you give for people who are eager to get into your industry?

Get connected to industry influencers in meaningful ways; by offering yourself up in valuable ways, or by simply expressing interest and enthusiasm for what they do.

Get experience by researching, interacting with brand leaders, and engaging in industry events.

Being passionate about wellness is one thing, but educating yourself on industry facts and future thinking around well-being, is what will set you apart from everyone else that loves healthy food and fitness and wants to shape their career around it.

When do you work until?

I work until about 7pm – sometimes later. I read but don’t tend to respond to emails in the evening, instead focusing on planning the following day, before winding down with dinner and some reading, exercise or quality time with boyfriend/friends.

Since I’m originally from Australia, I’ll often touch base with family and friend there as they wake up for the following day.

What was your favourite childhood toy?

Rollerblades, for sure!

If you could ask your idol one question, who would it be, and what would you ask?

I’d ask Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, what she looked for in a mentor/advisor when starting out, the value of that support, and how both of those things changed over time.

Come back next Thursday for our next #BossItLike interview, and get in touch if you know a leader who’s also a productivity guru for us to talk to.