ERIC RYAN OLLY & METHOD
After 16 years as an entrepreneur, the co-founder
of Method, Ryan, 44, is now CEO and co-founder of
supplements company Olly, an operating partner at
investing frm Encore Consumer Capital, and a single
father. He’s also still involved in Method, the ecofriendly
cleaning-products company he sold to Ecover in 2012.
He does it all by keeping a solid wall between family and
work, and asking for help when he needs it. –A.H.
Two kids have found their way into
my bed and are hogging the pillow.
I set my clock for 5 but I’m not
afraid to snooze, followed by a
dose of regret for oversleeping. I
make cofee, and work until 7. This
is my most productive time of the
day, and I fnd I have the most
clarity to tackle challenging problems. I try to use this time for
high-level, meaningful work, such
as a strategy for a new product
or working through a major retail
presentation, versus email or
working through a punch list. I set
goals yearly, monthly, weekly, and
daily. For yearly, they are structured
around health, wealth, and happiness, and for weekly and daily, I use
digital stickies on my laptop. Every
morning, I look at the punch list for
the week and that day.
I wake my three kids to get them
ready for school. The next 60
minutes, we run the gauntlet to
SLEEP 6 hours
EAT 1. 5 hours
COMMU TE 1. 5 hours
MEE TINGS 4. 5 hours
WORK 3. 5 hours
EXERCISE 1 hour
FAMILY 5. 5 hours
ENTER TAINMEN T 0.5 hour
get everyone out the door by 8. I’m
a single dad, so I need to be well
organized to get everyone fed and
dressed and their lunches made.
I get clothes organized the night
before, along with all backpacks,
shoes, and lunch materials. I have a
family assistant who comes at 7:30
and will split school drop-ofs with
me, since the kids have to be at
diferent schools at the same time.
We alternate drop-ofs, which
allows me to be with my daughter
every other day. On her day, we
can walk the fve minutes to her
school, which is our special time.
Being a single dad has brought
several gifts, and one of them
is better life balance because it
creates better discipline. When I
am with the kids, I am 100 percent
focused on them. I try to stay of
my phone or laptop around them.
But when I am away from the kids,
I work really hard so I can be there
for them when they are back.
Once everyone is dropped of, at
8:30, I typically call our head of
sales during the drive to work. I’m
fortunate to live in Marin County, on
the north side of the Golden Gate
Bridge. Olly is headquartered in the
Presidio, a national park on the
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RYAN YOUNG