So, the very first lesson that I learned was about delegating. A lot of people talk about delegating and I always nodded and smiled and said, “Yes, I know I need to delegate…” but it really wasn’t until I had a baby and I had such limited time that I realized that you could have really multiply your effort by delegating to other people who can do things better than you can.
And a big example from me was my newsletter. I was still doing my newsletter even though I didn’t need to and my assistant was ready to take it off my hands for ages. Then I had my baby and I was still doing my newsletter like a week after she was born, and my assistant had been saying to me for months, “Just give me the newsletter. It’s okay, just give me the newsletter.”
Finally, two weeks after Willow was born, I gave her my newsletter to do and it was ridiculous because she does it so much better than me. Also it meant that that newsletter went out at the same time every week, instead of when I was doing it whenever.
So delegating can really make you a better CEO, and it’s really good to start with those things that you don’t like or you’re not good at because someone else is going to do it faster than you. They are not going to bring their blocks into it because sometimes I would be writing my newsletter and thinking, “No one wants to hear from me.” “Oh, this video isn’t very good this week.” All that kind of crap but my assistant just does it she doesn’t think about that stuff and it goes out.
Of course, a big thing about my success as a business women as been consistencyand when you delegate to someone else you really can insure that consistency much better.
Focus & Deadlines
The other lesson that I learned was about focus. Before I had the baby I had so much more time. I would spend a lot of time on Facebook and, I wouldn’t say that I am naturally a very organized person, I would be on Facebook all day long and it was really hard for me to focus on a particular task because I had so much time.
Sometimes you just need those shortened deadlines to be able to get stuff done.
So, mamas you know what I’m talking about, sometimes you only have just a very short window to get something done so you really have to focus. I found turning the internet off, turning other distractions off, and having that deadline because you worry about the baby waking up or the nannies about to finish so you type like the wind.
Even if you don’t have a baby you can create those deadlines for yourself. Maybe you turn off the internet completely so you do have that focus time, or you give yourself very short self-imposed deadlines but making public announcements on your social media that something is going to come out at a particular time and then that will force you to focus and get it done.
The other thing that’s helped me to do is to say no. Again, because I’ve got limited time and also because I can’t travel as much as I used to. Something has to really capture my imagination for me to say yes and it’s really good sometimes to have an excuse like a baby because you can say, “No, I can’t because of my baby.” So in that way you really have that luxury of saying no to a lot of things that you don’t want to do
If you don’t have a baby come up with your own boundaries of things that you say yes and no to. Even though you might not have an excuse like a baby, I give you that permission to be just as strict and say no to the things that you don’t want to do.
Another thing that I have learned is to organize and batch work.
Again that’s another one of those things that’s so obvious, people have been telling me for years to batch my work and I always said “Yes, yes, yes.” but NOW I realize the power of it.
For example, on a day like today where I am doing videos – I’ve got nice hair and some makeup on.
I am not going to waste good makeup and good hair so I am going to do as many videos as I can. Then I’ve taken that one step further and I’ve got a whole process for how these videos turn into blog posts, how they get transcribed, how they turn into my newsletter, and I’ve done a blog post about this too (you can find it right here).
So there are my tips. All of those things have added up to having the best year I’ve ever had in business. I doubled my business, I worked way way way less, I had several six figure launches and life and business were just so much easier.
So these are all lessons that you can learn whether you have a kid or not!
For me it was really truly stepping into a CEO role even though my house might be covered in toys and sometimes I have baby spew all over me, but I’ve never felt more like a CEO in my business, I felt like I’ve really taken on that leadership role and focused on the things that mattered and you can learn that no matter where you are in business.
So, mamas, what have you learned about being a CEO in business after having children?
And for my Lucky Bees that don’t have kids, what have you taken out of this video? What can you implement straight away to become a more efficient CEO in your business?