Making Space for Success in Your Life & Business

Making Space for business and familyLike they say, it’s a good thing we women have the babies. I’ve become adept at tuning out non-essential verbal data after spending close to two decades hearing my husband describe with great detail any slight physical discomfort he might be experiencing.

Well, I got it wrong this time.

The Dish guy had to come to the house because our Hopper didn’t work. My spouse took the opportunity to have him help us rearrange and set up our TV sets. Joe’s dad had given us a large flat screen TV that needed a home. A few other sets needed to be relocated and connected.

While holding one of the sets, my husband let out a scream. Somehow the TV shocked him, and he immediately dropped it on his arm. After two weeks of misdiagnosis and various shades of purple and blue, Joe ended up in the office of the orthopedic surgeon.

Within twenty-four hours he was in the operating room so the doctor could repair his torn biceps tendon.

I spent eight straight hours between taking Joe to surgery and sitting in the waiting room. This followed an entire week with our oldest middle-schooler being sick.

While both scenarios were a bit distracting, those are mompreneur shining moments. I get to be there for my family when they need me, and I’m still able to move forward with what I need to do in my business.

It’s all possible because I’ve been on a journey to make space for both my life and my business.

Making Space

Making space is critical to balancing business and family. You make space for your life and your business when you

  • Know what you need to do when,
  • Are organized with both the technology and the supplies to do it when and where you need it,
  • Have a variety of systems in place that keep your home running relatively smoothly even when you are extremely busy,
  • Lead a team of competent, cooperative family members who know how to pitch in without complaint when things need to be taken up a notch,
  • Embed yourself in a community that allows you to “tap into the village” when you need to,
  • Develop relationships with personal and professional support people who can help pull your weight when your load gets too heavy

Make Space Before You Need It

There is a distinct difference between mompreneurs who arrive at the life of their dreams from those who either have not enough revenue or those that have clients but painfully no time.

Smart mompreneurs create the space before they need it.

They make the space for growth before their business actually take off.

They create the margins in their life, so when life happens they have a little bit of life left in them to devote to it.

You don’t need to be afraid of the journey towards abundance God wants to give you…if you’ll steadily work on making space for the new life he wants you to have.

Catholic Momprenuer Biz and Life Tip: Make sure each week you are taking a step to free up more of your time, energy, and space for the next chapter of your life.

Is Earning More in Less Time A Hype?

Woman holding money and clockIs the chatter about biz moms earning more in less time for real?  Or is the promise just all about coaches puffing themselves and their offerings up?

The good news is that it’s true, and here’s why:

Necessity

Mom business owners with profitable businesses place a high priority on family time than your regular entrepreneur, leaving less time for business. To make their enterprises more than expensive hobbies, they MUST make the time they have to work count.

Ownership

Compared to moms working outside the home, the buck completely stops with the mom business owner. She must be results-oriented and skilled in developing effective processes.

Development

Successful mompreneurs are CEOs with an eye on the big picture. If there are gaps in her knowledge base, she seeks education or someone else to help her complete the task.

Agility

Mom businesses can adapt quickly to industry trends and make smart adjustments in strategies and tactics. Larger organizations are often too cumbersome to adapt and are vulnerable to misuse and waste talent and flexible strategies and systems.

Peak Productivity

The mom biz lifestyle provides the right framework for maximum productivity. The 8-hour work shift was designed for manual labor, not mental labor. Performance declines after a couple of hours. While interruptions and breaks for the mompreneur can be irritating, working intensely in short bursts actually produces better work output.

The Art of Good Enough

Mom business owners lack the luxury of time to get work projects just right. The work expands to the amount to time allotted for it. Sharp mompreneurs know when good enough is good enough.

What I do all day is help mom business owners leverage these advantages so that they create the life of their dreams with a profitable business, family and “me” time that is 100% in sync with their Catholic faith. I would love to help you, too. If you want to see how to ramp up the benefits of being a mom business owner schedule a complimentary “Getting It Done” session here: http://catholicwomensguide.com/getitdone/

Catholic Mompreneur Biz and Life Tip:  Recognize as a mompreneur you are in an elite group of highly skilled business professionals. Take your strongest mompreneur skill listed above and take steps to amplify its impact on your success.

The Mompreneur’s Twist to Working “On” Your Business

Smiling woman near closetFor quality control I’ve been my own student in my own “Faith Based Revenue Boosting Program”.  It is odd that something I’ve written created such epiphanies when applying it.

An early mentor stressed scheduling time weekly to both work “in” and “on” your business.

Seeing clients, marketing, team meetings, and day-to-day implementation constitute working “in” your business.

Working “on” your business includes planning, strategizing, reviewing, and creating productivity-enhancing systems.

Friday mornings I worked “on” my business.

But when I heard Alishia Willardson, Peak Power Coach, shared her peak personal power secrets, I knew I had to include her system in my routine. Finding time for her suggested daily power hour of reading, inspiration reading, and motivation gradually became a guarded segment of my day.

Alishia’s recommended weekly 3-4 hour date with yourself proved a little trickier to work in. After indulging in several Power Date weeks and seeing the improvements in my clarity, creativity, and confidence, I determined to incorporate it.

I bounced my Fridays of working “on” my business and my peak power date. I even tried to blend the two, which didn’t give me the satisfaction of either.

My conflicting priorities confounded when another mentor I respect made a compelling case in the connection between success and productivity and a well-ordered work and home environment.  This wasn’t new to me. My experience with personal organizers proved this true.

After the funds dried up for the professionals, I haphazardly implemented the plans to finish my home organizing. But with time clutter grew like moss on a brick wall. I ignored the disorder and undone projects until they were invisible. But they still weighed me down unconsciously.

Your outside environment reflects your insides.

I was growing. The chaos clashed with my internal order. I knew I needed to tackle those projects in time blocks. But when was I going to do that?

So, I followed my directive I read in my Faith Based Revenue Boosting Bootcamp:  identify the weekly time blocks you will devote to completing  business and personal projects.

By sitting still, thinking creatively, and listening, I discovered I did have three weekly blocks of time to assign to work projects, personal projects, and peak personal power time. They varied in length from 2-3 ½ hours. I would be flexible each week about which activity to allocate for which time

The time existed!

Coaches help you see past your blind spots and allow you to be unstoppable pursuing your vision. It worked even when I was mentoring myself.

Catholic Mompreneur Biz and Life Tip:  Getting what you need to be successful in your work and personal life is a journey that requires your action.

Christina Weber helps Catholic mompreneurs fully engage the power of their calling, earn more in less time, and get back to enjoying their families. To jumpstart your biz and life success, with her complimentary special report, “The Catholic Mompreneur’s Guide to 12 Things You Can Do Today To Earn More in Less Time,”  by clicking here.

Your Catholic Mompreneur “Family” Competitive Advantage – Part 3

Competitive Advantage Team Lifting Words ArrowBusinesses have lots of moving parts. If something isn’t where it should be things don’t work.

To make it worse, businesses are run by people…people whose actions or inactions are controlled 90% by unconscious drives, thoughts and feelings.

People are parts of families. Families are complicated. Individuals in a family often have seemingly conflicting needs.

God made moms to be the heart of families. Moms feel the pulse of the family, and can tell when there is hurt and there is joy and everything in between.

Moms know in their core when something’s clogged, impaired or broken.

When you combine moms and businesses, things can get dicey. Overlapping  priorities, time crunches, stress, and sometimes chaos can erupt.

But as a Catholic mompreneur, you have another advantage: the  teachings of the Church about families. There are benefits of being Catholic. The Church forms your life and business compass (a well-formed conscience) that nudges you when you are out of alignment in any area of your personal, professional, and relational  life.

Two of the obvious aids include:

  • Prayer and the sacraments are the scalpels that carve out a well-formed conscience.  The Eucharist gives you the calm, lover-like connection to Jesus, keeping you  level-headed as you tackle the challenges of the day in running a business and a family.

  • Regular Reconciliation keeps your ego in check so you can sort out the trials with a humble heart.

But the biggest underpinning of your Catholic Mompreneur Competitive Advantage regarding the family is the Church’s bold teachings on life.

The Catholic Church stood firm in her teaching that artificial birth control was not licit while almost all others gradually faltered. The Church encouraged doctors and other professionals to find moral means to regulate pregnancies.

The rest of the world went with what was popular and more convenient. Many Catholics rejected the Church’s own teachings.

But it’s the grit the Catholic Church models that strengthens you to have that same fortitude, commitment, and perseverance in doing God’s will in your business and personal life—no matter the cost. The greatest advantages of Catholic businesses is that it’s very difficult for the owners to separate their Catholicity with their business while still sleeping well at night.

If you contort natural law to fit your personal preferences in as intimate of an area as your fertility, you will be lacking on some level as to what it takes to make this mom-biz thing all come together.

The Catholic Church forms and supports her daughters to be the silent warriors they need to be to change the world from within and outside of their homes.

Catholic Mompreneurs Biz and Life Tip:  Where are you showing grit in your business and personal life and how can you leverage that more for greater success and conformity to God’s will?

Christina Weber helps Catholic mompreneurs fully engage the power of their calling, earn more in less time, and get back to enjoying their families. If you need help to gain clarity on Gods’ will in your biz and personal life, create action plans to get there, and learn how to be motivated and equipped to juggle all the plates to make it happen, take advantage of getting one of ten slots of Christina’s complimentary “Getting It Done” session with Christina here for your rock-solid success foundation in 2014.

Nose in the laptop

For my kids’ recent seven-week stint on the swim team I made work concessions so that I could stay for practices and watch. I did not want our youngest Benjamin, an inexperienced swimmer, to get in over his head (literally) in the deep end. My husband and I worked hard to have kids and are not interested in doing with one less!

Most parents did not stay at practice. Instead of spending several hours working in my home office, I compromised by having the pool serve as my satellite office. With my laptop in tow I would write and check emails with an eyeshot of Benjamin. It wasn’t ideal, but I felt Benjamin was safer with my presence.

However, there was an unanticipated downside to my strategy–I suspected my efficiency came off as unfriendliness. It was particularly awkward with one mom I was acquainted with from our parish. With her kids in t-ball, swim team, and Boy Scouts she was my shadow for the summer. While I always greeted her, I started to feel unfriendly by not visiting more with her as I pulled out the laptop and headsets. Yet, at the same time I felt tension and stress about my need to get my work done. I could have sat around and visited, but would have been up all night getting my work done that should have been accomplished during the day.

Yikes! I did not want to be aloof to this woman. But my conflicting priorities intersected. My multi-tasking was impersonal. I felt torn and uncomfortable. What’s a Catholic girl to do?

I concluded that at the next opportunity, I would make amends to this woman. I would not make amends for working, but for how it might have seemed unfriendly towards her. I would make sure she understood it was nothing personal.

The experience taught me that it’s fine to find creative solutions, but to never overlook the human dimension.

Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: Always consider the impact on yourself and the people around you of the choices you make about getting work done.