Because the world needs more #girlpower.
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1 | Wake Up Ready
Write your to-do lists the night before.
I once heard someone say, “If you’re thinking about what you’re going to achieve when you wake up – it’s already too late.”
How powerful is that?
By already having your list written for you when you wake up, you have a sense of purpose that will follow you throughout the day.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
2 | Rest Like a Queen
Getting good sleep means you’re making your health a priority.
Our bodies run best when we sleep well, so put away your phone, make a hot cup of decaf tea and light a candle to help you relax.
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the next day.
3 | Meditate
Meditation helps retain focus, reduce anxiety, and increase creativity.
Think of meditation as a mini-meeting with yourself.
Calm your mind by spending a few minutes daily meditating.
I recommend the buddhify app as an excellent start to your meditation journey.
4 | Repeat Affirmations
Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations in the mirror every day. This will drastically begin improving your relationship with yourself through CBT, aka Cognitive Based Therapy.
An example for me would be, “You are great. You are smart. You are enough.”
If you struggle with coming up with things to say, make a list of all the things you love about yourself next time you’re feeling particularly accomplished and refer to it in times of self-doubt.
5 | Make SMART goals
Goals can be an important factor in project success. But not every goal is created equal.
As you may know, SMART is an acronym that is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Your goals must be all of these things.
And for your goals to have a long-term impact, you must have goals in virtually every area of your life: Career, Financial, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Family, and Social.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
6 | Network
Upwardly mobile people don’t let opportunities to network slip through their fingers.
It’s tough to get promoted if your boss’ boss doesn’t even know who you are—so make it a point to network with people at all levels within your company.
Oh, and that office party that everyone dreads going to?
Don’t skip out on it. Opportunity knocks at the most unexpected times.
And chances are, office events are probably the most approachable your boss, or your boss’s boss, will ever be.
7 | Streamline Responsibilities
Learn to build a routine around the tasks that you have to do daily or weekly.
This streamlines your day, provides structure and builds good habits.
Routinely doing something on a daily basis, even if it is just a little bit, creates big momentum in the long run.
Little by little, a little becomes a lot.
8 | Make Socializing a Priority
We’re humans, so some form of social interaction is a need for us.
Research conducted by Psychology Today actually confirms that everyone feels happier when they socialize, introverts included.
If small talk is not your thing, that’s okay. Have meaningful conversations.
Pleasant chit-chat with the grocery clerk notwithstanding, research suggests that the happiest people have twice as many substantive conversations (and engage in much less small talk) than the saddest.
9 | Make a Budget
And stick to it! The saying goes – a budget is you telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.
10 | Donate to Charity
Donating to the causes you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, but it can be deeply rewarding for you too.
Giving to charity feels good and strengthens your personal values.
In research conducted by the National Institutes of Health, people who donate to charity enjoy activated pleasure centers in the brain.
11 | Increase Your Vocabulary
Communication is important. It’s one of the most unmistakable traits of successful women.
While some women are naturally charming and transformative, many of us aren’t.
Try subscribing to Merriam Webster’s Word of the Day notifications.
To take it one step more advanced, try writing a sentence with the word of the day in it.
This will help solidify the unfamiliar word you just learned. It’s fun and it’s practical.
Now that what I call learning with a purpose!
12 | Stay Curious
Girlbosses are always continuing their education, and this isn’t always through the typical college type of education you may be thinking.
Whether it’s Ted Talks, Podcasts, or Audiobooks, listen to something on a weekly basis that will teach you something new.
I listen to Podcasts and YouTube videos during my commutes and while I clean.
13 | Declutter Your Space
Some people believe being a minimalist means you are sacrificing things.
It means you are not taking advantage of all that is available in the modern world today.
Being a minimalist is a state of mind, and not a set of rules.
It can actually mean you have more of what you need, are able to enjoy everything you have and are not worried about what you don’t have.
Minimalism is an appreciation of space.
14 | Know What’s Going On in The World
And not just because it’s the nice thing to do.
15 | Walk 10-15 Minutes Everyday
Or better yet, break a sweat daily.
Not to mention, spending time outdoors is a natural antidepressant.
Whether it’s in the morning or on your lunch break, commit to spending time in fresh air and outside of the four walls of your office.
16 | Realize that Comeback is Always Stronger than the Setback
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Nourish. Grow. Inspire. And let every lesson be a brick in the foundation of building yourself.
Thanks for reading.
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