We catch up with Anna Wood to see how she spends a typical working day
Anna Wood is the director of Anna Wood Bridal, an exclusive wedding dress shop that stocks a range of different designers and styles. Located in the heart of Northamptonshire, the bridalwear shop was set up in July 2018.
I am a morning person- I hate getting up late and feeling like I’ve wasted half the day and I am far more productive in the morning than at other times of the day. I usually wake at 6.30am, and the first thing I do is say good morning to Mr Wood.
For breakfast I usually have a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea. I arrive to work at 9am after dropping my little boy at school and the first thing I do is put on the kettle and check my emails.
My husband has a business and I assist him with the finances of that business, so my morning is generally spread across the two businesses. We generally have a catch up in the morning to discuss the things that need to be done for both businesses and then it’s a case of cracking on with the tasks for the day.
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We take our dog Coco to work with us, as we have an office at the top of the building away from the boutique, so I generally grab a quick sandwich then take Coco for a stroll.
My afternoons seem to disappear quite quickly as I collect my little boy from school at 3pm. I generally go over emails in the afternoon before I collect him, and check if there is anything I need to finish off when I get home. If we have brides coming for evening appointments, I will prepare for the appointments making sure the boutique is ready.
As a working mum, I generally leave at 3pm, unless I’m needed for bridal appointments then I leave later.
I spend the evening catching up on any work that I need to do, helping the children with any homework they have, making dinner, taking the dog for a walk after dinner and then settling in front of the TV with my husband and dog. I snuggle up to my husband on the sofa most nights.
I don’t really switch off! As both my husband and I have our own businesses we rarely switch of totally from work at the end of the day. I do try to resist the urge to check emails and social media in the hour or so before I go bed, which is usually around 10.30pm.
I’m a light sleeper, in common with most mums I seem to have a sixth sense for waking in the night if I hear or sense that there is something wrong.
My favourite part of the day is first thing before the school run as I like pottering around getting ready for the day. If I could change anything it would be falling asleep on the sofa! As I’m sick of missing the end of programmes!
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