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Posts by: Debbie O'Connor
In an interview last year I was asked the question “If you could only work on your business for 1 hour a day what would you focus on to make it a success?”
That’s a great question and started me thinking about how important it is particularly for us mums to get the most out of the time when we’re working in and on our business, so here are some ideas and strategies to help.
A space to call your own – well for an hour or two! – being a mum in business and working from home means clear boundaries between business and family is important. I’m fortunate enough to have a separate space in my house and the physical boundary of a door can be important to avoid the distractions of for example house tasks (think ‘out of sight, out of mind’) allowing 100% focus on the business when I’m in that space. Dedicated space however isn’t possible for everyone in which case drawing up a schedule for use of the kitchen/dining room table and posting it up on the fridge for family members to see should help. You and they will know that the physical space is yours for the allotted time giving you also the mental space to focus on the work you need to get done.
I’ve always said that I won’t do video blogging. I even wrote a post about it – Why I don’t like video blogs
In that post I’m talking about not liking video blogs in general and so not planning on doing any. While most of my objections still remain, I must admit that in the nine months since I wrote it I have looked at and enjoyed a lot more You Tube stuff than I did before. But I still don’t feel ready to do my own – as most coaches might be able to tell – the main problem is fear….
When your children start to get into their teens all of a sudden they become much more critical of their own appearance. My daughter has hair that I would have died for at that age – it is thick and lustrous with natural volume – but all she can see is the frizz…. Step forward Frizz Ease
I was recently given some Scentsy products to try by Liz Barnes, who trades as www.Scenti-mental.scentsy.co.uk
If anyone reading has not heard of Scentsy yet, they are an American company which provides beautiful room scenters, in the form of wax heaters. Basically it’s like burning a scented candle or an oil burner, but without the fire hazard of the smoke pollution. The scent from the wax is very strong and long lasting.
I’ve always loved scented candles and candle products, but stopped using them once the children came along as I didn’t feel safe. With two school age children and a new puppy in the house the idea of room scenters suddenly seems like a very good idea. I have been aware of Scentsy for about two years now, and quite keen to give them a try.
What are your relations with the media like? Do you – or anyone else in your business for that matter – have anything to do with the media? Do you have any kind of PR strategy?
You might know that you ought to, but you might also be thinking: what’s the point, it’s all a lot of hard work, I’ve got loads of other things to do running my business, and I don’t really want to have anything to do with journalists – don’t they twist and manipulate everything anyway?
So perhaps it’s worth reiterating what the benefits are of engaging in the media.