One of the many benefits of “Clockworking” your business is that you have space to deal with life challenges when they arise. On April 15th my challenge appeared when I learned that my brother has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had been dealing with a blood clot since early April and that lead him to the doctor on April 9, expecting a simple change in medicine. Instead, after emergency surgery that same day, he was told he had numerous masses on his pancreas, liver, and spleen. 

Clockwork Mode 

As my brother stayed in the hospital for the next 9 days recovering from his surgery, he dealt with the diagnosis. I knew I would be the most helpful to him and my family by being there, once he was home. On April 16th, I met with my team and explained the situation. I told them the business was entering “Clockwork Mode, which my team is already trained for.  

For many years now, Dave, my husband and business partner, and I have practiced for such an event as this by taking a month-long vacation each year. While it seems like a luxury, and it is that also, its true value is in the strength that the business gains from us being gone. Our team members step up to handle everything from my email to even hiring new employees and gaining or terminating clients.  

How Can I Let Go of Control? 

4 weeks or 30 days is enough time to allow virtually every business activity to occur, from sales and collecting, to payroll, to service delivery, etc. Having team members that you can trust with you and your team’s livelihood as well as your clients' finances is the key. Dave and I are so blessed that our team members have our backs and we can truly step away to focus on our family right now 

You may ask, then, why I’m writing blogs while I am supposedly “away” from the business. My answer is this: I want to. Writing is healing for me. While Makenzie, my assistant, has access to years worth of blog articles she can turn to if I chose not to write, I sat down this morning with my journal listing my many blessings, and realized Clockworking my business has been one of them. That peace of mind is something I want for every woman, and I wanted to write about it. 

Start Your Clockwork Journey 

My goal for you now is this: check out my Clockwork Blog Series and/or pick up and read a copy of Mike Michalowicz’s Clockwork book. Seriously consider implementing this method into your business as soon as you can, because trust me when I say doing it for my business has been a saving grace for me during this time.  

If you have questions or are ready to start your Clockwork journey and need help, I am happy to help. Please reach out at and take this critical business step today! 

About the author 

Cyndi Thomason

Cyndi is a mom and author of Profit First for Ecommerce Sellers and Motherhood, Apple Pie, and all that Happy Horseshit. She is also a speaker and thought leader in areas of ecommerce accounting and Mom Entrepreneurship. Cyndi is the founder of bookskeep which provides accounting and Profit First advisory services to hundreds of ecommerce businesses around the world. When not helping business owners or her team, Cyndi can be found in her garden.

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