How to get it all done (?!@#)

I’m laughing as I write this post, since I am pushing through some crazy stuff to get it done. I’ve been a little absent lately thanks to some great things that have been occupying the space of my prioirities. One of these priorities is standing on the chair I’m sitting in, hanging onto my head, and jumping and dancing to Raffi’s “Shake My Sillies Out” as I grip the computer for dear life, continually hitting the backspace key to correct all the typos and try not to get knocked off the chair.

So I’m singing Raffi, entertaining (lamely) my two-year-old daughter, and writing. This is the life of a mom entrepreneur that I love!

Getting it all done, juggling the various roles and responsibilities I’ve signed up for, balancing between the worlds of mother and coach/business owner… These phrases are loaded with energy, often negative energy, since lots of times we tend to focus on what we aren’t doing versus what we are doing.

I’m giving myself a break. This blog post may not be the most riveting or life-changing one I’ll ever write, and my humming along with Raffi is not the prettiest, and there are lots of better ways to entertain my babes during family time, and there are lots of things I could be doing for my business right now, and the godforsaken laundry is still there, right outside my office door, looking at me…

But I don’t care. I’m doing what I can. I’m doing it right now. I’m laughing at the juxtaposition of my littlest now singing “Shake Your Booty” while I try to compose meaningful thoughts.

This, for me, is having it all. There will be more time for babes and more time for business as my children grow up and my business grows. Both will go through stages that require more or less of me, and I’ll adjust my schedule accordingly.

My other big priority is an interview tonight with Angela Jia Kim on www.savorthesuccess.com. I’ll be sharing more on how we mom business owners straddle the two worlds we live in, and some tips for making it all work for us. Please consider joining in! To register for the call, follow this link: http://www.savorthesuccess.com/event/details/58

What about you? What does a typical day of working at home look like for you? What have you decided to let go of that has made you happier with your life? Please share your comments below.

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7 comments

  1. LOL Ahhhh can I relate. For me, it’s balancing a 6 year old on one knee and a 4 year old on the other, while I try to see through their heads to my computer screen and reach my arms around their wiggly bodies to reach my keyboard. (Plus there’s the laundry of course, but at least that’s not on my lap 😉

  2. I am reading a great book right now called “Telling True Stories” about the craft of nonfiction writing. Two quotes have been memorable for me.

    1.) “WE know the title ‘freelance writer’ could mean stay-at-home mom having a midlife crisis, but the rest of the world doesn’t.”

    and

    2.) “Robert Frost said it best: ‘The art of writing is the art of applying seat of pants to the seat of the chair.”

    Both can apply to any mom business owner on any given day and to all of you, I wish you continued multitasking success and sanity!

    XOXO – M.E.

  3. Thanks, Diane–This sort of chaos usually resonates with moms, since we all have our own hysterical stories to share about what life looks like when you mix kids & business. Do you have a business and a story to share? Please do. We all need the laughs! And thanks for the friend request on FB. Look forward to getting to know you!

  4. Jeanne,

    If I could send you one magical blessing, it would be for a bigger lap and longer arms! Ha! I know just what you mean. And the crazy thing is that we actually keep trying to work despite the two wiggle worms on our laps. I love how they can perceive whatever has our attention, and then expertly insert themselves between us and that thing! LOL about the laundry…

  5. Hey there, M.E.! It’s so great to hear from you. I’d love to hear what you’re working on with your writing projects. I know that was something you wanted to incorporate more of into your biz… We need to chat!

    Love your quotes. The Frost one is certainly applicable to any of us who need to get things done. It’s all about action. And the “freelance writer” description is spot on. I’m working in my PJs right now, and I love how I don’t have to hide that or apologize to the business world for it. We mom biz owners are a lucky bunch these days. Ten years ago when I was doing sales at IBM, I remember feeling I had to hide the fact that I was working from my home office since I felt it would convey a sense of unprofessionalism. Today, I’m totally proud of the fact that my home office is exactly where I want to be since it allows me to have the life I want, surrounded by the chaos and love of my family.

    Miss you! xo