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The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Entrepreneur Sara Davies says you should not multi-task as a mum

  • Crafting businesswoman Sara says that you should not multi-task as a mother
  • The Dragons’ Den judge, 38, says it’s better to ‘do one thing and do it well’
  • She has two children – Charlie, 8, and Oliver, 5, and lives in County Durham

Crafting business owner Sara Davies, 38, is a judge on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den. She competed in Strictly Come Dancing last year and was made a MBE in 2016 for services to the economy. Married to childhood sweetheart, Simon, she lives in County Durham and is mum to Charlie, eight, and Oliver, five.

YOU SHOULD NOT MULTI-TASK AS A MUM 

I’m one of those ridiculous people who tries to fit too much stuff into my life. It works, but only if I’m fully in the moment. I’ve learned it’s better to do one thing and do it well, than try to do several things subpar.

It started when I had my sons. I chose to go back to work when they were young, but I always tried to have one day a week off to spend with them — and in that day we would shoehorn in a whole week’s worth of activities. Mum‑guilt doesn’t serve anyone, so when I’m at work I give it 100 per cent, too. The Dragons’ Den schedule is intensive, but because I need to be firing on all cylinders. I get up at 5am and go for an energising run to be on set for 7am.

Crafting business owner Sara Davies, 38, is a judge on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den. She competed in Strictly Come Dancing last year and was made a MBE in 2016

We film until about nine o’clock at night and then the Dragons go for dinner together until about midnight. That’s a struggle, but the social side is brilliant as the other Dragons mentor me. It’s 18 days of filming a year total, so for those 18 days I give it my all.

I’m still learning to stay fully present in the moment. When I signed up for Strictly Come Dancing, I could only train from 6am to noon as I needed to also fit in my work and be at home for my kids. I would get up at 5am and do voice notes for my staff while driving to the studio to train with Aljaz [Skorjanec]. From 6am to 8am, we’d be smashing it, then we’d break for coffee and I’d read emails.

When we’d get back to dancing, Aljaz would say: ‘What’s happened? You’re not dancing as well as you were,’ because half of my brain was on the business and only half on training. So I had to be firm with myself — other contestants were training for 12 hours a day and I only had six, but I needed to give all of me to those six hours. I compartmentalise each activity and that works for me.

  • Craft Your Christmas With Sara Davies runs from November 19 to December 11(sara-davies.com).

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