A Day in the Life of a Distillery Owner

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A sample day in a life of a distillery owner! If you’re not already familiar, in addition to writing this blog, I own and operate California’s first urban destination distillery, You & Yours Distilling Co., in San Diego. 

I wrote down everything I did on a random Monday to give you a peek into what a typical day is like… since I know you’re just dying to know. 😉 Although I’m sure no one cares about the contents of this post apart from perhaps my mom, I always love reading posts like this from bloggers I love, so I thought I’d do one too!

7 am On Mondays I try to kick start the week off right so I have fewer excuses to make bad decisions later in the week… the first thing I do to set the tone for the week is work out with my trainer every Monday morning at 7:15 am. We meet at the gym in my building, which is pretty convenient, i.e. minimizing the potential for excuses not to fit it in. It’s not always fun waking up early right after the weekend but I always feel better for it and thanks to Kim, have a ton of fun getting in some exercise!

8:30 am Once I’m back at home, I dive into my morning routine, which you can read more about here but the gist is this: make & eat breakfast (usually a scramble of some sort) then have a coffee while I schedule out my day into segmented blocks of time for meetings, emails and calls. If I’m not working out in the morning, I do this right when I wake up. Then it’s straight into emails before I shower and get ready for the day.

10 am I head to the distillery for our weekly 10 am Production Meeting. My distillery manager and I go over project updates, any logistical issues or pending needs and today we happen to be doing a bit of R&D for Old Tom Gin! I taste 6 un-proofed versions of our new gin, each based on a recipe I put together. Based on my notes from these 6 recipes, I create two more, narrowing it down to my target of between 6-8 botanicals.

11 am After my production meeting, I meet our Tasting Room Manager and Events Manager for our weekly catch up. We go over the previous week’s numbers and events, and discuss the upcoming week’s events, as well as any upcoming partnerships, speaking engagements or other special off-site events You & Yours has committed to having a presence at.

12 pm After we’ve gone over upcoming events, I have my weekly call with our PR firm. I like to schedule it directly after the Events meeting, so any outreach or social media needs are fresh in my mind. Our PR team handles all media and influencer outreach, as well as all of our social media.

1 pm I typically try to squeeze in lunch while I’m on the PR call… If I’m on top of it, I’ll pack some leftovers, and if not, I’ll PostMates something healthy like Tender Greens to scarf after I get off the phone. My go-to is their salmon plate with butter lettuce salad and veggies.

2 pm Every other Monday, I have a call with our CPA, who provides CFO-like services. We go over the previous month’s financials, payroll, etc. and chat about any adjustments that need to be made. If I don’t have this call, I usually take a mental break and scroll through Instagram, read my favorite blogs or watch a couple of Youtube videos.

3 pm Quick walk to get some fresh air and meet my partner, Luke for coffee. It’s important that Luke and I stay on the page with everything we have going on… We both tend to run a mile a minute and as such, feel that stopping mid-momentum to update the other on random shit is counter-productive, so we commit to one meeting a week where we talk through all of our current projects and goals for the year. It’s basically a big picture meeting where we lay out and cross off action steps for the week ahead. Quite often our Sales Manager will join us too to recap the previous week’s distribution sales and progress.

4:30ish I like to go grocery shopping on Mondays instead of Sundays… Sundays are my favorite day of the week and since we’re so non-stop during the work week, I like to soak up every last minute of the weekend doing whatever it is we feel like, not fitting in errands. It’s also a nice treat to save for a Monday, seeing as I loooooove grocery shopping! When I get home I put the groceries away, which oddly I also love doing, then take a few minutes to catch up on emails since I basically spent the whole day in meetings or on calls.

6:30 pm Luke gets home around this time and we catch up on anything that materialized since we left the coffee shop, then pop down to the the Jacuzzi in our building for a bit to relax before we cook dinner and settle in for a movie or a couple episodes.

10 – 10:30 pm… I don’t have much of a nighttime routine, although I know I need/would probably benefit from one. Since the day was so jam-packed, I’m pretty exhausted by this time and fall asleep almost as soon as I hit the pillow.

Side note: I like to schedule my Mondays like this because I then start the week off feeling ULTRA productive, which in turn, sets the tone for the days ahead. Although it’s A LOT to fit in, I feel so much more confident rolling into the days following, knowing that I’ve laid the foundation for a productive and progress-making week.

…It also allows me to keep a practice I’m obsessed with – never scheduling ANYTHING on Wednesdays. Hump day is my day to catch up on whatever I want: running personal errands, work on blog posts, do random shit around the house, or anything else I WANT to do. It’s my day to relax and be creative and in turn,  almooooost feels like a mini-weekend in itself. It’s been a game changer for me.

What about you? How do you schedule your workdays and weeks? I’d love to know any tricks or best practices you swear by!

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