Women Entrepreneurs and the Elusive Balance

Yes, we can!  We are celebrating the Women’s Small Business Month!  Oh, Yes! October is the month all about women, from some serious issue like women’s health to interesting tit-bits on the economic power of women and more women now holding more political offices than ever.

Despite the challenges women experience, their spirits seem to soar even through the difficult times. Sure, wonder what the women of the eighteenth century would think of the strides we made. What would they tell us women of the 21st century? Well, there has been some progress right? That depends on the way you look at it and it is a debate worth having.

Therefore, about that work life balance, no new revelations here, it is plain and simple. Create that list of what is important to you and be honest with yourself. Remember, that there are things beyond your control. For those  in certain fields, the number of hours you work cannot be helped and we talking about the nurses, doctors fields that have long hours. Now, here is how to create that work life balance list?

The entrepreneurial woman, you tend to do it all. Of all the skills out there to have and your sanity sake, delegate, delegate delegate! You should not be doing it all. Focus on the core strength and where you lack expertise absolutely outsource . There are excellent resources out there from virtual assistants to automation of processes.

Here is five major points for your business life:

  1. Leverage Technology
  2. Automate some processes
  3. Assign each business related domain a time slot on your calendar
  4. Create a master to do list (here you get to determine what you need to outsource)
  5. Make it a priority to put the yourself first

Here is five major points on your personal life:

  1. What is your absolute priority
  2. Determine what makes you happiest
  3. Determine where within your schedule you can fit things in
  4. Create that list to cut what drags you down
  5. Make it a priority to put the yourself first

Now set the plan in motion, the above list can be completed in any order. The tough parts will  most likely be sticking to the plan. You will have succeeded, if you carry out any of the above points and slowly and surely, you will get there. Good Luck

The Woman Entrepreneur and Technology

With all the technology out there that is supposed to make managing our day to day life easier. It still does not add to 24 hour day although we have tried to maximize the day.

The phone has become the it tool for business, they are on steroids, apps are coming fast and furious to help the time starved woman entrepreneur.Check out some apps that tailored for busy moms on the  Android and iphone

The web has unlimited resources or tools and more women business owners should embrace them. Some business operations can easily be automated shave some time there. From email to invoicing. From employee time tracking to updating your company twitter account.

Don’t know to much about a certain business subject matter, check out webinars they are mostly an hour long and you get some basic understanding a subject matter. You will get an insight on how entrepreneurs apply these solutions and how you can successfully apply them to your business.  The best part is they are free.

You will know enough to ask good questions, when you seek an expert opinion or solution provider for implementation. For example social media, slowly businesses are getting on board, it such new business application, that most business owner do not understand or know how to implement it or what role the application would play in their business. Another good place to start is  blogs by experts in their fields.

A few Women blogs we found out on the web, we love to check out and learn from.

  • Veronica Belmont – Veronica Belmont’s Blog –  Mostly tech and gaming focused, Veronica writes with infectious, geeky enthusiasm about what’s brand new.
  • Dawn Foster  – Fast Wonder – Using a combination of her technical and business expertise, Dawn educates companies on how to get business value from being a part of online communities…without boring us to death.
  • Jenna Wortham – The New York Times Bits Blog – Before writing for The New York Times, Jenna was a culture and technology writer for Wired, and it shows. Her pieces generally focus on smartly outlining digital culture, while simultaneously showing how people are putting new technologies to use in their lives and businesses.
  • Xeni Jardin –  Xeni’s Blog –  Xeni is a stylish and well-known tech culture journalist who watches the industry with both an aesthetic and functional eye. Find her on Boing Boing.
  • Corvida Raven – SheGeeks –  Corvida vets and blogs about useful tech services and tools with an eye to what is going to make your online journey less noisy and more interesting.
  • Adria Richards – But You’re A Girl – InspiredMag called her blog fresh for a reason, because Adria takes on tech – and life – with vibrant and energetic posts.
  • Leah Culver – Leah’s Blog –  People get all hot and biscuit over Leah’s programming speak because she’s a high profile woman in a male dominated industry with an impressive list of successes to boot.
  • Barbara Coll –  Webmama – With nearly 15 years under her belt in the biz, this industry veteran has plenty of insight into what works and what won’t.

October’s Health Awareness

October’s Health Awareness

  • Healthy Lung Month
  • American Pharmacist Month

Not Getting Things Done?

There is always something getting in way. The one reason to not getting  things done is procrastination. Why do we do it?

We found this reasons on the web and they rung true here goes

  • You are procrastinating because you don’t enjoy a PART of the entire task or job.

If you’re putting off a whole project just because there’s one part you don’t want to do, figure out how you can get away without doing that part. Again, delegate it, or automate it.

  • You are procrastinating because you don’t know how to handle the task or job.

The answer will not drop in your lap. Get help — a someone to teach you how,even better, outsource it to someone who can just do it for you.

  • You are procrastinating because you simply can’t find the time.

Schedule future time to do it, or get rid of other tasks to create the time you need. If you still can’t do this, then you need to find someone to do it for you.

  • You are procrastinating because you feel stuck.

You may just need to get momentum going. Give yourself permission to do just one small part of the project only. Or do the easiest part first. This usually creates momentum, and you end up doing a lot more than you intended to!

  • You are procrastinating because you don’t really want to do what you thought you should do.

This means you may have the wrong objective or strategy in the first place! Is this something you really want to do, or do you just think you SHOULD do it? Or is it an old goal that doesn’t fit you or your business anymore? Your answer may surprise you. Let the goal go for awhile and see what happens.

  • Start Paying Attention!

Once you start paying attention to which activities you put off regularly, you’ll know sooner when to be stricter with yourself or find help to get those tasks accomplished in a more timely manner.

%d bloggers like this: