Stories Studio was born from the desire to create beautiful brand experiences. The marriage of mine and Emily’s expertise has allowed us to offer an end-to-end service. We help brands every step of the way, from branding to website design and content creation. But, that wasn’t our only motivation to set up shop together. We had spoken endlessly about our hopes and dreams for our future – in both our career and personal life. After many discussions it dawned on us, we didn’t view those two aspects of our lives in isolation of each other. For us, they were one thing. We wanted, Stories Studio, to drive us to achieve our goals. Provide us with endless inspiration, unlocking our creative potential. All whilst ensuring we maintain momentum for the enjoyment and love we have for our craft.
This way of thinking has carved out the ethos of Stories Studio. We are currently location independent, and proud. But, I won’t go too far into that – we have an article on this topic coming in a couple of weeks. So, for now, we want to talk about why we treat the team at Stories to the occasional ‘Early Finish Friday’. The online world isn’t short of articles on maximising productivity, and if like me you’ve been reading up on it, you’ll have noticed a key trend – flexibility. Research suggests that we are most productive on a Monday and gradually over the course of the week we become less and less motivated, to the point that many of us lose the actual plot come Friday, 2.30pm. You may laugh, but Hudson performed a detailed employee productivity investigation on behalf of British Airways, pinpointing the exact time when employee’s motivation fell of the edge of the world. The time? 2.39pm.
Don’t get us wrong. We don’t close down our laptops and turn off our phones every Friday come half 2. Instead, we take a relaxed approach to work on a Friday (if our schedule allows). Sometimes this means taking the afternoon to create content for our Instagram, or work on a personal project. Sometimes it means stepping back from our laptops for cocktail making and idea sharing, giving ourselves a moment to reflect on our week and praise each other for the good work we have produced. That said, this Friday we are very busy with an exciting client project, so time does not allow for an early finish. But, if you fancy treating you or your team to an Early Finish Friday we strongly recommend clocking off at 4pm and making these delicious Tequila Mimosa’s. We thoroughly enjoyed creating these a couple of weeks back, and who knew tequila and sparkling wine were the perfect duo?
Pour tequila, simple syrup and grapefruit juice into your most regal looking champagne flute and stir gently to combine