south side of the bridge. Method
is headquartered downtown, which
is a longer commute. I purposely
chose the park for Olly’s location, to
gain life balance.
I typically have meetings from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. I minimize the
number of standing weekly meetings, but every Thursday we
alternate between our leadership
team meeting and our product
innovation meeting. I am very
structured about this Thursday
meeting, with an agenda going
out a week in advance, pre-reads,
and clear goals for what we need
to get done in two hours.
Walking one-on-one meeting with
our creative director. Since we work
in a park, I enjoy “walk and talks”
and do about three of these a day.
I can think better in motion, and
people are more open walking in
a park than they are sitting in a
conference room. It’s also incredibly healthy to walk multiple times
a day versus just sitting. I see this
as a way of living the brand. We
then head back to the studio to
review a new product concept that
we are working on for a visit from
Target next week. I work visually,
so we have all major development
projects built out on giant white-boards. I believe that if projects
are shared visually, it helps people
connect the dots on new ideas and
feel more welcome to build on
those ideas and collaborate.
Eric has a lot on his
plate. He’s wise to
split his schedule
in half, working less
when he has the
kids and working
a lot when they’re
who need to travel
for work can do the
same thing. Work
long hours when
you’re gone, because
there’s no opportunity cost. When you
get home, work fewer
hours so you can be
focused on your
family. It all evens
out in the end.
SEDUCED BY THE
The snooze button
is evil. Nine-minute
chunks of sleep don’t
give you the deep
you need, and you’re
not getting out of
bed and starting your
day either. It’s the
worst of all worlds!
Decide the night
before when, realistically, you intend to
get out of bed, and
set your alarm for
that time. Then enjoy
every last minute
of sleep right until
ASK FOR HELP
Eric invests wisely
in family support.
One person can’t
be in three places
at once, but you’d
be surprised how
many people try,
and then wonder
why they’re always
late for kid pickup.
Recess! Part of our culture is
to never forget that we work in
a park. A ritual of our culture is
to regularly have recess, which
anyone can initiate and organize.
It’s ranged from yoga to kickball.
On this particular day, we play
musical chairs outside on these
giant art installation chairs the
park recently set up. We grab
sandwiches on the way back.
Interview a candidate for a social
media manager position. Since
Olly is quickly scaling, we are
rapidly hiring. I always take
candidates for a walk and fnd
that it relaxes them and they
put their guard down, which
tends to be a better interview.
Every fnalist is expected to
present what we call “homework,”
and one of the questions is “How
will you help make life better in
the park?” I ask candidates about
their personal life and how they
can contribute to our culture. At
1: 30, I have a quick check-in call
with our Target buyer to talk
about his visit next week. As a
founder, I feel my most important
role is to stay close to our retailers
and work with them as thought
partners. Since I didn’t know how
to sell when I started Method,
I treated retailers as clients,
because that is what I knew
from advertising and it just stuck.
If it’s a day I have the kids, I leave
work at 2 and try to never miss a
pickup or a drop-of for school.
My executive assistant, Season,
will try to schedule a call during
my 30-minute drive to the school
so I can be productive. She does a
great job of monitoring everything and “clearing the deck” so
when I am with the kids, I can
be focused on them and not have
to worry about work.
I pick up the boys at 3 and run
them home before walking up to
get my daughter at 3: 30. My
family assistant helps me juggle
the kids’ being in multiple places,
and most days after school
involve a lot of running between
sports practices, after-school
activities, play dates, and appointments, since I can’t physically be in three places at once.
My middle child has a coding
class, which he loves, and the
youngest has basketball practice,
so my daughter and I play a game
outside before walking to the
corner market to pick up a couple
of extra things for dinner.
Homework and getting ready for
dinner. The kids do a little independent playing while I get dinner on
Dinner with the kids, and we tend
to play a lot. On this evening, we
play Uno, Magna-Tiles, and PingPong.
Following a little screen time,
which helps me catch my breath,
it’s time for fnal snacks, baths,
and teeth brushing.
I rotate from room to room with the
ritual of reading books followed
by back rubs or spelling on their
backs. I fnish with my daughter by
9. Just when I think everyone is
down, my youngest comes out
saying he is hungry. He’s played this
9PM After fnally getting
everyone down, I prep for the next
day and put the house back
together. I jump on my laptop to
wrap up anything left on my to-do
list, and reset it for the next day.
10PM At 10: 30, I jump into bed
and read for 30 minutes.
Of to sleep, and if my mind
is feeling restless, I’ll take an
WHAT THE COOL KIDS ARE READING
Play time and reading with his children are a top priority for Ryan on days when
he has them with him. When they aren’t together, he doubles down on work.