Soul Sister Scoop: Q & A with My Pilates with Purpose Partner-in-crime.

Today we feature a very special lady: Kristen Scanlon. Kristen is an attorney who started her own business, specializing in Alcoholic Beverages, Food & Entertainment Licensing, Zoning, Permitting and Land Use Development. She’s also my Pilates with Purpose partner-in-crime. I first met Kristen in my Pilates classes a few years back. We quickly realized that we had a lot in common and were both trying to grow our respective businesses. In September 2014 we started the philanthropic networking event: Pilates with Purpose.

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Today Kristen’s shares some of her wins and challenges of working for herself with us.
 
Hanneke: What was the scariest part about leaving the formal law firm setting?
Kristen: It’s a tie between 1) not knowing how or when I’d get clients and 2) realizing that every decision now rose and fell on me. It was very nerve-racking to go out on my own and led to a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure it all out at once!
 
H: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about working for yourself?
K: I’ve been able to gain clarity on my strengths and weaknesses really quickly. There isn’t a ton of room for ignoring weaknesses! For instance, I’ve gotten a lot better at time management and organizing my day because I have to. There is no choice. I have to fit it all in and make my schedule work for me, for my clients and for the growth of my business. It’s different from working in a firm and being told where to be and what to do all the time.
 
H: What’s been the most rewarding part of working for yourself?
K: Successfully completing a task or approval process for a client and knowing I made it happen, not a partner above me in a big firm. Also, being able to build my own relationships directly with clients and the community because a lot of what I do depends on the input of the community.
 
H: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
K: I like that meme that says: “5 year plan: not looking at price tags when I’m shopping.” haha. Maybe with a few employees, I’m really not sure to be honest. I just take it one day at a time with the hopes that the decisions I make have potential to turn into something greater in the future. It’s kind of like a long game of chess. But ultimately I want to be successful in the industry that I’m in.
 
H: What advice would you like to give others who are thinking of starting their own business? K: Be very clear on the mission of your business. Never be too proud to accept help when it’s offered. Make sure you’ve got the personality and intestinal fortitude to really take a stab at it alone.

 


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I used to work as a money broker for 4 years before I started my own Pilates with Hanneke business in 2011. I quickly grew it to an award winning brand. Today I still teach Pilates and also have 6 workout videos available for download online, co-founded Pilates with Purpose, the philanthropic networking event to empower women in business and run my own coaching practice.

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Become an achieving machine.

How to get things done faster:

Juggling my Pilates and coaching business, plus running Pilates with Purpose on the side, it’s needless to say that I am constantly trying to multitask. I started noticing that on days when I was pushing to keep up with tasks for all 3 of these, I’d feel quite stressed out at night and would usually have a bad night’s sleep.

We live in a very fast paced world where you’ll often hear people brag about how good they are at multitasking. After doing a little bit of research, I have learned that multitasking is not as good as we thought. For example: according to an article published in Forbes magazine  multitasking leads to a drop in your IQ. That’s right – it actually makes you dumb. Urm, no thanks! I need all the brain cells I can get.

I have adjusted the way I work and here’s a few tips that have really helped me to stay focused and get more done in less time:

  1. Prioritize: Make a list of the most important things that absolutely need to get done. As your day goes on and more to-do’s arrive, make sure you keep prioritizing your list and focus on the urgent and important things. Add everything else to the bottom of that list for later.
  2. Work on only one thing: Work and finish one task at a time before you move on to the next thing.  According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, when you multitask it actually slows you down.
  3. Turn it off: Turn off all push notifications on any of your electronic devices. Hearing all those bells and whistles is addicting to your brain – you can’t resist to it. Before you know it you’re distracted, off target and falling behind on the day’s urgent tasks. Read this article from Physiology Today for more on how this works.
  4. Boundaries: Set strict timelines as to when you’ll check and respond to messages and stick to it. For example, I try and get most of my emails done while I commute. Checking your email and responding to everything immediately distracts you and ultimately slows you down from getting things done faster.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Come up with a plan that can work for your unique situation. When you falter, don’t beat yourself up – just try and do better next time! What’s your secrets to staying productive and getting things done efficiently? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to get your tips!

New 4 part video series: How to find your perfect next position

I completely understand how hard and confusing it can be when you’re not happy in your current situation and don’t really know what to look for next. I was in this very situation when I left my Wall Street job and started to teach Pilates. You see – the first time around as Pilates instructor I panicked and quickly jumped back into an institutional sales position. My very first week at that job, I just knew I had made a mistake. I’d like to help you avoid these mistakes.

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Heads or Tails?

Heads or tails?

I recently had to make a tough decision: Do I teach more Pilates classes? Literally in just one week I had four teaching opportunities show up in my inbox. And I was so tempted to say yes to all of them.

In the past I would have been very torn and might have said yes simply out of fear of missing out on something good. Later I would have regretted my decision or realized I took on too much. This would have led to dealing with the next set of emotions of failing, letting people down, or being viewed as unreliable and flaky.

Although I was flattered by all the opportunities, it ended up being quite easy to decide which ones to pursue and which to let go of.

Here’s how I did it:


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1. Clarity. At the beginning of the year I set very strategic goals for myself. As you know, I’m trying to ramp up my life-coaching business, and as a result I’ve set clear guidelines of when and how much I should be teaching Pilates. Anything beyond than those guidelines is a big “no thank you!”

2. Abundance. I believe opportunities are a little like buses: There will always be another one. No, it won’t be the same one, but if you really want something and work for it, other ventures will come your way. So if you let this one go and realize later you should have taken it, manifest a new possibility for yourself. This also pulls you away from the “what if I make a mistake?” mindset.

3. Trusting my gut. If an opportunity doesn’t excite me, I don’t go for it. Yes, initially I was thrilled by the variety, but then as time went by, the excitement for some of them wore off. I immediately scratched them off my list and moved on. I literally set them free for someone else to have, knowing that the right opportunity will come my way when it’s ready.

Now I’d like to hear from you. How do you decide whether an opportunity is right for you? Or perhaps you struggle to know which is the best one? What’s making it hard to decide? Tell me in the comments below.