April 22, 2021

Day in the Life โ€“ Working as a Creative Professional in LA

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What’s it like working at a startup company in Los Angeles? How do you take a slow and steady approach to a busy lifestyle? How do you get more stuff done in a day?

Hello, ๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m Matthew Encina. I work as a creative professional in beautiful Los Angeles, California.

In a previous life, I was a designer, animator, and a creative director working on TV commercials. Now I teach and create content at The Futur, an education startup, where I help creative professionals sharpen their skills and earn money, doing what they love.

While no two days or experiences are exactly alike here, I hope to share a glimpse of what the world looks like, through my lens. This is a typical day in my life.

Details from this video, and affiliate links* below:

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๐ŸŽ’ What gear do I use? Complete list here:

0:00 โ€“ Who am I?

0:20 โ€“ LA drone footage provided by Mark Contreras

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป 0:25 โ€“ What do I do for a living?
I was a Creative Director at
Now I make content and teach at

โฐ 0:52 โ€“ I try to wake up between 6-7am every day to make the most of the morning.

โ˜•๏ธ 1:06 โ€“ I LOVE coffee. Below are my favorite coffee tools.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle:
AeroPress Coffee Maker:
Hario Cold Brew:

๐Ÿ“ฑ1:28 โ€“ I start my day with a dose of GOOD social media @matthewencina.
Tip: If you don’t like your feed, curate it. Unfollow accounts and hide content that doesn’t enrich your life.

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ 1:40 โ€“ I climb, box, dance, and lift weights to stay in shape.
My workout headphones are the Power Beats Pro:

๐Ÿ“ 2:15 โ€“ Writing is my brain workout.
I write articles on Medium:
Take a tour of my home office:

๐Ÿ—ฃ 2:30 โ€“ I give talks around the world.
Here’s one from TED x CSULB:

๐Ÿคผโ€โ™€๏ธ 3:00 โ€“ To keep my team productive and organized we use these tools:
Practical Project Management:
The App we used to run a virtual post-it note session:
Sprint by Jake Knapp:
I also recommend AJ & Smart to learn about Design Sprints:

๐Ÿ–ฅ 3:35 โ€“ Personal planning, inside my office
Notion, my favorite organization tool:
Here’s an interview I did on how I use Notion:
My appointment app:
My email app:
Like my office? Take a tour:

๐ŸŒฎ 4:25 โ€“ LA, hands down, has the best food in the world. I eat healthy (most of the time), and I’m slowly getting on board with this vegan thing ๐Ÿ˜›.

โ˜•๏ธ 4:48 โ€“ Coffee part 2. Revenge of the 3pm energy slump.
At work I use a Chemex to make coffee:

๐Ÿค” 5:24 โ€“ Focus Sprints help you get so much done.
I explain Focus Sprints, and how to reclaim your productivity in this video:
The clock is the Amazon Echo Spot (Update 12/19: they’ve discontinued, and replaced with the Echo Show):

๐ŸŽฎ 5:40 โ€“ Taking breaks is as important as working hard.
We love to play Smash Brothers in Nintendo Switch:

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป 6:04 โ€“ Learn all about our creative community

๐Ÿ•น 7:02 โ€“ Decompression
I spend most evenings playing Xbox after dinner:

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ 7:14 โ€“ My wife is an artist
You can check out her work:
Take a tour of her mini art studio here:

*Just a small note for the product links provided: Iโ€™ll get a very small commission at no extra cost to you.

Hello. I’m Matthew Encina. I’m the Chief Content Officer at The Futur and a Creative Director at Blind. Iโ€™m a Filipino-American. Born and raised in LA.

You can find me on many platforms:
Instagram (Workspace Aesthetics):
Instagram (Creative Projects & Thoughts):
The Futur:

#DayInTheLife #Productivity #Startup #TheFutur #MatthewEncina

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