Sandra Beck takes the Busy out of Business!

By Sandra Beck

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do you do it all? At first, I would stumble around all the usual answers:

I delegate.

I am really organzied.

I have a terrific team.

Then I took a minute and really thought about it. I think the secret of running a business as a mother is that I just do as much as I can — and then not beat myself up if I don’t do as much as I wanted.

After taking all these time management courses, reading books, talking to professionals I realized one thing: we all have the same total amount of hours.   It’s what you do with those hours that determine how much you get done and more importantly how satisfied you are with your life.

I make a concerted effort to be done by 5:30 in my office.  Door shut. No more computer.  I may peek at my blackberry if I am nervous about something, but there is an end time to my workday. I also decide whether or not I am going to work on the weekends.

I used to worry that if I wasn’t working all the time on my business, it wouldn’t grow.  I was wrong. I found that doing a little bit each day adds up to all the time I need and can afford right now.  That might mean only working on my business for a few hours in a full week.

My priorities are my children first, my family second and my business third. I think many women are like me and when starting a business they think – oh I don’t want all that responsability. I don’t have the time. I’ll just work for someone else.  And this is okay.

I invite you to think about the possibility of working your own hours on your own terms around the things that are important to you. Motherhood Incorporated was founded on the principle that we in building our business that we must do it with respect to ourselves and our families. I am living proof it can be done, and I know many of you can do it to. Just take it slow. Do a little bit at a time. 

I just explained this concept to my son recently as we read the Tortoise and the Hare. The bunny hopped all over town like a crazy rabbit, while the slow and steady turtle crossed the finish line.  Slow and steady wins the race.