Today I woke up in my shoebox of a flat in Soho, London (a home away from home), at the unusually (and blissfully) late time of 7 a.m., without an alarm. I just went to see Arianna Huffington talk about her book Thrive and last night didnâ€™t look at any of my â€˜devicesâ€™ after 9 p.m. I slept so much better than usual, and for almost seven-and-a-half hours â€“ which is also much longer than I normally do. Sheâ€™s definitely onto something with her advice to â€˜unplugâ€™ in the evenings â€“ I know it, but from now on Iâ€™m going to stick to it!
This month is a very busy month for me, doing a lot of motivational speaking events, based around the story of Green & Blackâ€™s and my own business journey from leaving school at sixteen to becoming the youngest-ever magazine editor at the age of 23, and then creating G&Bâ€™s with my husband, in 1991. So this week Iâ€™m in Winchester, Bournemouth, Birmingham â€“ and I wonâ€™t be home till Friday night.Â But I get a HUGE amount done on trains â€“ much more than in the office. (Iâ€™m on one
I set myself up for the day by walking two and a half miles through Londonâ€™s Green Park and Belgravia to my breakfast meeting with the PR agency for The Perfume Society. Then a meeting with Jo Malone about her Jo Lovesâ€¦ perfume brand. Then nipped to The Perfume Society office just off Oxford Street for a meeting with some students from the London College of Fashion who wanted advice on costings for a hypothetical fragrance launch, as a project in their first year.Â Next up, lunch with make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury for the launch of her matte lipsticks, at her house in Notting Hill. And then a train to Winchester where Iâ€™m speaking at an event for entrepreneurs called the Vistaprint Night School, and networking with small and medium-sized business owners. It is never, ever dullâ€¦
I just finished [writing] a book called The Perfume Bible which is to be published in September. I write for womenâ€™s magazines and Iâ€™ve a business blog on The Telegraph Onlineâ€™s Wonder Women section. Sometimes when I read a list of everything I work on it makes me want to go and have a nice lie-down, but honestly, I love it.
I generally do a bit of yoga before bedtime â€“ a few stretches. I love one of the sayings from a yoga teacher whose class I go to, who says, â€˜flexible spine, flexible mindâ€™.Â Iâ€™m sure yoga keeps me not just physically flexible but mentally so.
Given the choice (roll on the weekend!) Iâ€™ll eat dinner outdoors with my husband â€“ whoâ€™s a fantastic cook â€“ walk around the garden at twilight, slip into my incredibly comfortable bed with a stack of magazines and a novel (currently Elizabeth Jane Howardâ€™s Casting Off). I rarely watch TV although we did just binge-watch House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is extraordinary, but I was glad to get my life back after Series II finished.
I like that I never know quite what Iâ€™m going to be doing next â€“ thereâ€™s a structure, but room for absolute flexibility.Â I hate the e-mail, and I simply canâ€™t stay on top of the e-swamp.Â Itâ€™s a broken tool, and Iâ€™ve rediscovered the good old-fashionedÂ telephone. Â Iâ€™m telling everyone, â€˜itâ€™s the new e-mailâ€™!