Taming Your To Do List (or…How Do You Eat an Elephant?)

Katherine McGraw Patterson Time Management

There’s an elephant in the room. If you’re like me, it’s sitting just to your right as you read this. It’s big, it’s cumbersome, and it likes to stick its long trunk into everything you do all day long. It’s your TO DO list. I recently wrote an article about how I organize and prioritize my to do list to keep me on track and make sure the most important stuff (read: revenue generating) gets … Read more

Go Do Epic Shit. Start Today (No, really, do the things. Today!)

Recently, a newbie woman entrepreneur asked me, “When does starting your own business stop feeling like a sprint and start feeling like a marathon?”  After I stopped laughing, I told her that, after 19 years as an entrepreneur, I’d let her know when I got there. When we start out in business, we are buoyed by exhilaration and drive.  Everything is new and exciting, we’re learning what we’re made of and we’re making something for … Read more

10 Written Statements Every Woman Business Owner Needs to Succeed

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I started my business kinda sorta by accident (read the story here), meaning I didn’t plan to start a business when I did.  And, because I didn’t PLAN to become a woman business owner, it took me a very long time to treat it seriously. How do you know you’re not taking your business seriously? Do you find yourself continually giving away your products or services because you “just love what you do”? Do you … Read more

The Accidental Entrepreneur (or, How I Learned to Take My Business Seriously)

I was reminiscing today about that time that I started my own business. You know, that day way back in 1999 (the LAST MILLENNIUM, as my daughter would say) when I quite my corporate job and became an entrepreneur.  Huge decision, right?  Big day.  Momentous, even. Except, it didn’t feel momentous.  It didn’t really feel like anything.  Because at the moment I submitted my resignation and became a small business owner, I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE … Read more

Get Out the Map: How Vision, Mission, and Brand Work Together to Guide Your Business to Success

When I start working with a new client, I ask them three things: Do you have written vision and mission statements? What about a written brand statement?  Why these three things? Because my client and I are about to embark on a journey together and, these three things are going to save us a lot of gas. Yes, I said “gas.” Because the analogy I like to use to define vision, mission, and brand is a … Read more

The Only 3 Lists You Need to Tackle Overwhelm

Recently, a newbie woman entrepreneur asked me, “When does starting your own business stop feeling like a sprint and start feeling like a marathon?”  After I stopped laughing, I told her that, after 18 years as an entrepreneur, I’d let her know when I got there. When we start out in business, we are buoyed by exhilaration and drive.  Everything is new and exciting, we’re learning what we’re made of and we’re making something for … Read more

Why Women Need Women-Only Business Groups

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First, I want to go on record saying I love men.  Truly, I do.  Some of the best people I know are of the male persuasion.  And, people ask me all the time if I coach men.  Well, yes, I do.  And I have.  But as someone who started her career in the male-dominated industries of engineering and construction management, and who has been in the trenches of business ownership as a woman for 18 … Read more

My One Word for 2017 – Flourish

This year, instead of a list of resolutions, I’ve decided to focus on “my one word”.  To do that, I’m replacing a long list of new year’s to-do’s with one, simple word that I can focus on all year long. The word sums up how I want to feel and how I want to live. The idea is that by keeping that one word in mind all year, I will align my actions and decisions in a … Read more

6 Steps to Taming Your Big, Hairy-Assed Business Goals

Ah, December.  The most wonderful time of the year!  It the time of year when my energy starts to ramp up, my creative juices start to flow, and I get all warm and tingly inside. What’s that?  Am I excited for the holidays, you ask?  NO!  I’m excited because December is when I start to set my business goals and intentions for the new year.  Every year about this time, I find myself ramping up … Read more

4 Secrets to Building a Vision Board That Works

This week I’m all aflutter because I’m hosting my first Vision Board Party on Friday.  *squee!*  I’ve got 12 amazing, dynamic women business owners coming to commit their dreams and goals for 2017 to paper.  And I am. So. Excited! I love, love, love vision boarding.  Probably because I’m a creative soul and a visual learner, so the act of collaging something beautiful I can look at all year is deeply satisfying.  But also because … Read more