Boss Lady— /Baws LAY-dee/ – A confident and independent woman who takes charge of her life.
For some, being a boss lady comes naturally. For the rest of us, we have to learn along the way.
Here’s the thing:

What you do today matters.
In fact, your daily habits are a determining factor in how successful you become.
So before you let your hours drift away into a myriad of little things, wake up to the real purpose of your life. 
Time is a resource we can’t get back. You don’t have forever to do this stuff.
This. is. it.
So what’s the bottom line?
Success means progress. Take the first step here, now, today. 
So in this article, we’re going to cover 16 boss lady habits you should develop now.
…because the world can always use a little more #girlpower.

1 | Wake Up Ready

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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.”
That’s powerful.
So here’s your challenge:
Write your to-do lists the night before.
In the morning, one of the first things that crosses your mind is what you have planned for the day.
But the goal is to get those plans out of your head and on paper the night before.
Why? Because when you have your to-do list ready in the morning, you’re already prepared to kick start your day.
The act of writing things down can be life-changing by itself.
Author Klauser from Write it Down, Make it Happen calls this knowing what you want – and getting it.
So what are you waiting for?

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
-Mark Twain

2 | Rest Like a Queen

woman sleeping

When you think about your health, what comes to mind?
Eating healthy, drinking water, or exercising?
Those are all important, but many of us forget about one core thing:
Getting good sleep is about 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.
7-8 hours of sleep each night will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the next day.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
-Muhammad Ali

3 | Meditate

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Oprah says it’s changed her life.
Jane Fonda said it’s one of her secrets to aging gracefully.
Arianna Huffington says it’s played a key role in her success.
Jennifer Aniston says it’s a kick-start for her day.
These boss ladies are talking about one thing:

Meditation helps retain focus, reduce anxiety, and increase creativity. Think of meditation as a mini-meeting with yourself.
Spiritual Teacher Eckhart Tolle says:
“Meditation is about getting still enough to know the difference between the voice and you.”
Eckhart talks about the power of now in his book, Stillness Speaks, which has a permanent spot on my nightstand.

So calm your mind by spending a few minutes meditating.
I recommend the buddhify app or trying free meditations on YouTube like this one:

4 | Repeat Affirmations

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Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations in the mirror each day.
This will begin improving your relationship with yourself through CBT, aka Cognitive Based Therapy.

It’s also a key habit of confident people.
An affirmation example could be, “You are great. You are smart. You are enough.”
If you don’t know what to say, try this:
Make a list of all the things you like about yourself. Next time you’re feeling particularly accomplished, refer to those in times of self-doubt.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
-Abraham Lincoln

5 | Make SMART goals

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You’re a boss lady and you get stuff done.
Here’s the thing:
Goals are an important factor in your success.
Several years ago, Harvard University did a research study about goal-setting.

They asked students if they had set specific, written goals, as well as if they’d made clear plans to achieve them.
Here were the results:

  •  3% had written goals and plans to achieve them
  • 13% had goals in their heads but hadn’t written them down
  • 84% had no goals at all

After 10 years, the same group of students were interviewed again. 
The results were surprising:
The 13% of the class who had goals, but didn’t write them down, earned twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. 
And the 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, 10 times more than the other 97% of the class combined.
As Steven Pressfield says, “Most of us have two lives: the lives we live and the lives we are capable of living.”
But not every goal is created equal. You should create SMART goals.
SMART is an acronym that means: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Your goals must be all of these things.
If you’ve never read a goal setting book, I recommend picking up a book called the 12 week year.
The book teaches you how to get more done in 12 weeks than most people do in 12 months.
And it will change your life.


“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
-Zig Ziglar

6 | Network

two women shaking hands

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

woman using laptop

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.
Doing something on a daily basis, even if it’s something small, creates big momentum in the long run.
Little by little, a little becomes a lot.


“The man at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
-Vince Lombardi

8 | Make Socializing a Priority

three women looking in mirror
A boss lady can be introverted or extroverted.
But, look:
We’re humans, so some form of social interaction is a need for us.
(And even the most introverted have to pull themselves out sometimes)
A Psychology Today research study found a link between happiness and social interaction.
The happiest people are 2 times more social than the saddest.

9 | Make a Budget

woman calculating bills

And stick to it.

The saying goes – a budget is you telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.

“Too many people spend money they buy things they don’t impress people that they don’t like.”
-Will Rogers


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10 | Donate to Charity

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Donating to the causes you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, but it can be rewarding for you too.
It feels good and strengthens your personal values.
The National Institutes of Health found that people who donate to charity enjoy activated pleasure centers in the brain.

11 | Increase Your Vocabulary

woman reading book outside

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. 
And that’s what I call learning with a purpose.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”
-George R.R. Martin

12 | Stay Curious

woman reading newspaper

A boss lady is always continuing her education – and not through the traditional college education you might think.
Whether it’s Podcasts or books, commit to learning something new each week.


“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
-Jim Rohn

13 | Declutter Your Space

clean office desk

Some people believe being a minimalist means you’re sacrificing things. Or that you’re not taking advantage of all that is available in the modern world today.
But being a minimalist is a state of mind, not a set of rules.
It means you have more of what you need. You’re able to enjoy everything you have and aren’t worried about what you don’t have.
Minimalism is an appreciation of space.

14 | Know What’s Going On in The World

woman drinking coffee while looking on laptop

And not just because it’s the nice thing to do.

15 | Walk 15 Minutes Everyday

woman exercising

Or even better, try to 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 house or office.

“Make the rest of your life the best of your life.”


16 | Realize that Comeback is Always Stronger than the Setback

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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.

Madison Eubanks is a Clinical Psychiatrist with over 13 years of experience in diagnosing mental health issues, cognitive therapy, handling relationship dynamics, and overseeing individuals and couples therapy. Connect with Madison on LinkedIn.
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59 thoughts on “16 #BossLady Habits You Should Develop Now”

  1. Theses tips are great…I am ready to start….thanks so much for sharing.

    • Too good .. and reallyyyyyy helped me alott

      • I’m glad to hear it!

    • I have a few from the list I need to quickly add in the few

  2. Amazingly written..its already helping me..please continue to write!

  3. Love everything about this!
    Thanks ????

    • You’re welcome Millie!

  4. I love these tips! As a newbie blogger at, I am in the process of identifying and solidifying good working habits. Thanks for sharing these!


    • You’re welcome Megan. Thanks for reading. 🙂

    • You’re very welcome Lita!

    • You’re welcome Charity! Thank you!

  5. So inspiring . Thank u for the write

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Shriya. 🙂

  6. This was great sharing..i definitely will be collaborating some of these points with my daily life.

    • Yes! I’m glad it inspired you.

  7. It’s amazing to go thru the list prior to my first day soon in a new workplace.

  8. I am really inspired. I hope to implement this stuff soon.

    • You can do it Tracy! Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. These are very good tips to encourage women to do something good and make them different

    • That’s the goal! Thanks, Palak.

  10. Thank you. This was most useful. I’m definitely going to apply it.

    • Yay. I’m glad it helped. Thanks for reading.

  11. Thank you sooooooooo much for sharing.

  12. Just what I needed, simply written,easy to follow, its doable, am starting it now.

    • Go for it Mary! You’ve got this.

  13. A great saying… following these things will Definitely lead to correct path…Yes girl power.

  14. Thanks much! This was an awesome share…though i’m Familiar with some of the tips and do practice them it was validating and I also learn something from the tips I didn’t know about and I will now include those in my routine keep them coming!

    • You’re welcome Liz. 🙂

  15. Thank you mam/sir.
    the information U gave.Continue this gr8 work????

    • I will. Thanks for commenting!

  16. This is awesome.. I love it.❤️❤️.

  17. I loved what I just read 🙂 thanks a lot

  18. This is wonderful and inspiring! One of the better articles I have read on self improvement. Thank you!

    • You’re welcome Kelly. Thanks for commenting!

  19. I have started working on these. It’s my day 1 and I’m gonna set a goal for 21 days.. Thanks a lot!!

    • Woot woot! You’re being proactive. Thanks for reading!

  20. This is so empowering. Thank God for a woman like you. More power! ????

    • Aww Sarah you are so sweet. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Wow, this is great. Thanks. I’ll start using some of this.

    • Thanks for commenting Maria. 🙂

  22. I’m ready to start… A comeback is stronger than a setback. No procrastination

    • That’s right! Go for it, girl. 🙂

  23. Thanks for sharing this type of article…It must be helpful to become a boss lady of this society. NOW we are gonna irresistible ????

    • Yes! Now we’re talking. 🙂

  24. Wow loved this, normally I don’t comment but you deserve it! These where tips that went through my mind last week but couldn’t find. For instance, the one word a day, thank you!

  25. Thank you. This makes me more confident.

    • This makes me so happy to hear.

  26. Awesome. Thanks for reminding me about goal setting

    • You’re welcome 🙂 Go crush your goals!

  27. Omgoodness 💃💃💃Im totally dancing right now in my head because this is so good. I love everything about this . thank you sooo much for sharing this. I will be applying these to my daily routine. I know and already do some of them but I recently fell off and needed a little pick me up refresher and reminder of just how amazing I am… Ive been a little in the dumps lately ..and was definitely looking for a pick me up. This along with another buissnes idea definitely helped. Thank you sooo much.

  28. I’m just happy that I was able to read step by step to know those I need to develop. Thank you

    • You’re very welcome Alice. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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