by Cheryl Demas
No, I'm not participating in a fertility study. My husband did the grocery shopping last night. That's right, grocery shopping.
So this morning I went to the refrigerator to make omelets for the girls, and found no eggs. I phoned my husband, he was positive that he had purchased eggs. "I know I bought eggs, they're there someplace. Keep looking."
They're there someplace. Now that's a scary thought. Somewhere in the house lurked a dozen eggs, and if I didn't find them we would all be sorry. So I started searching the various places where my husband might have put the eggs. I checked the cupboards and the car and finally the freezer. There they were, frozen solid. Eggs don't freeze well, so we were stuck with a dozen rock-hard eggs and no omelets.
My husband isn't usually this absentminded; it's just that when he's in the kitchen his mind is usually on more important things, like cheese. And ham.
We all have times when we need help. And there are times when outside help isn't that much "help" at all. This was one of those times.
You will often hear that to run a successful business you have to surround yourself with a good team of helpers and advisors. Since I work at home, my business team includes my family. My girls have been involved with my home business since the beginning and my husband is a wonderful advisor. He's the first person I turn to when I need advice.
But sometimes I recognize when there are things that are best left for me to do for myself. I have certain ways that I like to have things done, and I can't expect anyone else to read my mind and do things exactly as I would. That's fine, if I can live with their style, I delegate the task, if not, I happily do it myself.
Make a list of your daily chores and business tasks. Which items can someone else do? Which items do you want to do yourself? I know some women who love filing and organizing their paperwork, others adore making phone calls and following up on sales leads. Find a balance and use your team. You will get so much more accomplished.
I'm happy with my extended business team and my family members contribute so much as well. So I'm willing to overlook a few (or twelve) frozen eggs.
By the way, frozen eggs make excellent flying projectiles. I know from experience.
Cheryl is the founder and publisher of WAHM.com, http://www.wahm.com/ She lives and works at her home in California with her husband and two daughters. She is also the author of "It's a Jungle Out There and a Zoo in Here/Run Your Home Business Without Letting it Overrun You"