Wife, Mom, Boss
Some of the names I go by. What order do they go in? How much time do I have for each? Can I excel at all titles?
My husband showed me a cartoon once about the man’s brain versus the woman’s. The depiction of a man’s brain was a box. One box. They can only do one thing in that box and until it is done they can’t move to another box. The image for the woman’s brain was millions of ropey shapes going in all directions. Push, pull, turn, twist. We do it all, all the time. It can be very frustrating as well as rewarding to be a woman business owner. We are on call all the time. We are on call for our staff as well as our family. My business coach has me fill out a focus sheet each week. One of the questions asked is how many hours did I spend working on my business (as opposed to in my business). I usually answer between 15-25 hours per week.
Thinking about it I realize I work about 17 hours a day on and in my business as a girl’s gotta sleep. As a small business owner, my mind is constantly thinking about how my business is running. How can I bring in more business? What new marketing campaigns can I introduce? In addition to that I grocery shop, pay the family bills and business invoices. I schedule staff. I schedule my personal Pilates practice and workout sessions. When will I have time for a mani/pedi? Facial? Massage? Can I get in a weekend to visit my son at college? Of course, I can. I can because I AM. Wife, Mom, Boss.
Five ways to keep it organized:
Have a morning routine: Take a walk, meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee in silence (and try and stay off the phone or computer)
Keep a paper calendar in addition to an online calendar. Look at the month ahead to get a good picture of what is scheduled and when. Block out time daily to work ON your business.
Hire one on one exercise sessions. I book one private session per week with a Pilates Instructor outside of my studio and one in-home personal trainer. I work in at least two other exercise sessions per week on my own.
Plan meals out on Sunday. Grocery shop. Food prep. Get it done before your work week starts so you can be successful in eating healthy.
Plan ME time. Schedule facials, massages, vacations. It’s important to work time in to take time out.
Wife, Mom, Boss. Do it all. Love it all. Achieve it all.
By Carla Vercoe
Owner, Studio BE Pilates