Day in the Life – Working as a Creative Professional in LA
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, 👋 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.
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0:00 – Who am I?
0:20 – LA drone footage provided by Mark Contreras
👨💻 0:25 – What do I do for a living?
I was a Creative Director at
Now I make content and teach at
⏰ 0:52 – I try to wake up between 6-7am every day to make the most of the morning.
☕️ 1:06 – I LOVE coffee. Below are my favorite coffee tools.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle:
AeroPress Coffee Maker:
Hario Cold Brew:
📱1:28 – 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.
💪🏽 1:40 – I climb, box, dance, and lift weights to stay in shape.
My workout headphones are the Power Beats Pro:
📝 2:15 – Writing is my brain workout.
I write articles on Medium:
Take a tour of my home office:
🗣 2:30 – I give talks around the world.
Here’s one from TED x CSULB:
🤼♀️ 3:00 – 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:
🖥 3:35 – 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:
🌮 4:25 – 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 😛.
☕️ 4:48 – Coffee part 2. Revenge of the 3pm energy slump.
At work I use a Chemex to make coffee:
🤔 5:24 – 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):
🎮 5:40 – Taking breaks is as important as working hard.
We love to play Smash Brothers in Nintendo Switch:
👨💻 6:04 – Learn all about our creative community
🕹 7:02 – Decompression
I spend most evenings playing Xbox after dinner:
👩🎨 7:14 – My wife is an artist
You can check out her work:
Take a tour of her mini art studio here:
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Hello. I’m Matthew Encina. I’m the Chief Content Officer at The Futur and a Creative Director at Blind. I’m a Filipino-American. Born and raised in LA.
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