Episode 020: Balancing Priorities & Surviving in the Day-to-Day

Apr 28, 2020

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Each week, we come to you with ideas from the Mouse on how you can grow your small business. In this episode, we’re sharing our thoughts on how Disney has publicly handled some difficult periods in their recent history. We also delve into some of our own personal strategies for managing adjusting to our new life under stay at home orders.

Life is very different for everyone right now—but there was a time before COVID-19 and there will be a time after it, too. We hope this little history lesson about Disney and our own strategies for pivoting in life and business will give you a glimmer of hope and bring a smile to your face.


It seems like agggess since we were teasing our March trip to Disney World to work on a special project.

We ended up canceling that trip before the official closure… and the project has been sitting on the shelf ever since. 😢

As much as we’d love to continue the work, priorities needed to shift… fast!

With schools and child care closed, we suddenly found ourselves with waaay fewer hours to juggle work, life, family, self-care, and homeschooling.

In this episode, we’re delving into a few of our personal strategies for adjusting to our new life under stay-at-home orders.

We also share our thoughts on how Disney has publicly handled some difficult periods in their recent history, like 9/11, a hostile takeover, and (of course) COVID-19.

Listen now and discover:

  • A little about the history of Disney going through hard events like 9/11, a hostile takeover, and (of course) COVID-19
  • Tips and strategies to help you find a glimmer of focus again in your business
  • How Disney navigated low park attendance and lower box office revenue around 2004
  • The CEO journey and transition from Michael Eisner to Bob Iger
  • Our advice on defining a new normal that is still profitable for your business
  • How Disney appears to be handling their cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic and the difference between cash value and liquidity
  • How we are balancing and adjusting to quarantine life and making work, life, self-care, teaching, and caregiving 
  • The importance of having a support system, even if it is a virtual one

Your small business takeaways:

  • Extend grace to yourself and your team – we are all dealing with huge adjustments to life and business
  • Implementing structure (hear us out!) can help keep you, your family, and your business sane
  • If you’re not a scheduler or find structure hard to implement, try thinking about your day in buckets – plan by the major tasks you want to accomplish each day (even if it’s just cleaning the house!)
  • Revisit your goals – they may have to be adjusted, but think about just one thing you can still do to move that goal forward

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In this episode, we are sharing how Disney handled hard business moments in the past, and some of our own personal strategies for managing adjusting to our new life under stay at home orders. | Pixie Dust and Profits | #smallbusiness #entrepreneur #creativeentrepreneur #disneyworld #smallbusinesspodcasts

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