The one lesson I’ve learned from life

The only lesson I’ve learned from life: entrepreneur Sara Davies says you shouldn’t multitask as a mother

  • Crafting businesswoman Sara says you shouldn’t multitask as a mother
  • The Dragons’ Den judge, 38, says it’s better to ‘do one thing and do it right’
  • She has two children – Charlie, 8, and Oliver, 5, and lives in County Durham

craft company Sara Davies, 38, is a judge on BBC TV’s Dragon’s Nest. She participated in Strictly Come Dancing last year and became an MBE for services in 2016 to the economy. Married to childhood darling, Simon, she lives in County Durham and is mother of Charlie, eight, and Oliver, five.

YOU SHOULD NOT MULTI-TASK AS MUM

I’m one of those ridiculous people who tries to fit too many things into my life. It works, but only when I’m completely in the moment. I’ve learned that it’s better to do one thing and do it well, than to try and do several things underperforming.

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 on that day we would throw in a whole week of activities. Maternal debt serves no one, so when I’m at work, I give it 100 percent. The Dragons’ Den schedule is intensive, but because I have to shoot all cylinders. I get up at 5am and go for an energetic run at 7am on set.

Owner Sara Davies, 38, is a judge at BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den. She competed in Strictly Come Dancing last year and earned an MBE in 2016

We film until about 9pm and then the Dragons have dinner together until about midnight. It’s a struggle, but the social side is brilliant as the other Dragons accompany me. It’s a total of 18 days of filming a year, so for those 18 days I’ll give it my all.

I am still learning to be fully present in the moment. When I signed up for Strictly Come Dancing, I was only able to train from 6 a.m. to 12 noon because I also had to fit in with my work and be home with my kids. I got up at 5am and made voice notes for my staff as I drove to the studio to talk to Aljaz . to train [Skorjanec]. From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. we would break it, then we would pause for coffee and read emails.

When we started dancing again, Aljaz would say, ‘What happened? You don’t dance as well as you used to be’, because half my brain was on the case and only half on the training. So I had to be strict with myself – other participants trained 12 hours a day and I only had six, but I had to give myself completely to those six hours. I compartmentalize every activity and that works for me.

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