How do I juggle? By Jasmine Wicks-Stephens, Founder of Known, Tisserand Aromatherapy’s communications agency and Faace skincare
When Tisserand asked me to write a piece on how I juggle it all for International Women’s Day, I was massively flattered. But also, a little nervous about revealing the fact that my juggle maybe isn’t as well organised (as the owner of a business they rely on, to do a great job with their comms), as it appears to be…
My day is very much time-sensitive and planned out in all aspects. I’m not an early riser, I tend to be more of a second wind in the evening type of person. Which means I need all the help I can get to start my day in the best possible way. This ALWAYS involves two things – good coffee and an aromatherapy shower. My current shower companion being Happy Vibes.
We then have the task of getting my son Frank, who’s three, ready for nursery or grandparent care. Nursery means we’re a little more militant, getting him out of the door, teeth brushed (most essential, and also most challenging), dressed and armed with a packed lunch by 8am.
I then find the time to get ready and start work. But I often get distracted by a work task at this point and tend to stay in my pyjamas longer than planned. Never quite leaving enough time to get ready as nicely as I’d wanted to for that day.
I juggle my working tasks with some serious organisation. I have countless folders, tagging systems, lists and ways to map out the day to avoid things being missed. I have a daily check-in with the team to make sure they’re all ok and then we all get on with it, with WhatsApp intervals for everything from approvals, to beauty trends we’ve spotted, and funny dogs.
Zoom calls have seriously increased this year, as we’re all getting way more comfortable with working remotely, but I always try and leave a gap of at least 30 minutes between each one, knowing that they might run late, or, something pressing might come in. That’s the thing with communications, you have to be able to plan ahead, whilst also being totally comfortable with changing your direction for the day at a moment’s notice. I guess that’s why I love it.
The afternoon sees me douse myself on every possible point with the Find Focus Pulse Point Roller Ball. This is 100% my desk essential. I’ve worked with Tisserand on and off for so many years now, the brand really is a firm essential in my routine. Which is why I can’t write this whole thing without mentioning my obsession with the Tea Tree & Aloe Skin Relief Cream. As someone with oily skin and breakouts, it’s a must.
Back to the juggle. In the evening I mainly work too, if I’m being honest. Known remains my career, but I also run a skincare brand, Faace, which over the last year has been more successful than we’d hoped for. So evenings are spent prioritising tasks for Faace, whilst still trying to leave a one hour window for tv viewing. I love TV, as much as I love Tisserand.