There’s always that one woman in the office who we’ve dubbed as “wonder woman.” She’s everything we strive to emulate career wise, but we secretly think she has some sort of mystical powers. Because honestly, how can she be excellent at her job, have a family, a social life and still find time to work out? The truth is, she’s worked her butt off to get to where she is and we should applaud her for that. Her success hasn’t come down to luck, but rather hard work and effective use of her time. Here are 10 things that Successful career woman do that you should start doing too.
1.Wake up Early
As we know getting a good nights rest is vital, but so is waking up early. Successful woman have realised that in order to exceed they need to get a jumpstart on their day. Hence the early rising time. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6am every morning, and Starbuck’ President Michelle Gass is up by 4,30 am to go for a run. And yes successful woman exercise. It leaves them feeling energised and revitalised for the rest of the day. It must be noted that a successful woman is very aware that she carves out specific “me” time each day.
2. Start with a good mindset
Starting the day off with a good mindset will do wonders for productivity and having a successful day further. Envisioning the day and tasks, as well as what you want to accomplish with a positive mindset is very important.
3. Keep lists
We’d all like to defy raging by thinking that we can remember everything that needs to be done in a day. But unfortunately thats not always possible. So keeping a list is a great and simple way that successful women ensure that they are on track with their daily tasks.
4. Bond with coworkers
Now I’m not saying that you need to be best friends with everyone in the office, but making an effort to talk and get to know your colleagues is vital.
5. Don’t Compare
Comparing ourselves – abilities, appearance, personality- are the some of the biggest energy sappers out there. They’re absolute time wasters, yet comparing ourselves and continually fretting about these things is something of which we are all guilty. Successful woman are confident in their abilities and know there is no use comparing themselves nor the way in which they do things to others.
Being successful doesn’t happen over night. There’s no quick-fix or magic pill or course you can take. Success is years in the making. It’s a burning desire that these woman have deep inside. For years they have envisioned themselves where they want to be. Actions are vital, but so often mindset is overlooked. Muhammed Ali ( http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/2012/06/muhammad-alis-future-history-exercise/ ) famously used this technique to programme his mind for success.
7. Stop Multitasking
We’re great at it. If multitasking were an Olympic sport we would all be gold medalists. But unfortunately its not. I’m proud at times that I can reply to an email, eat lunch and be on a call all simultaneously. But not giving our attention fully to a sole task leads to a decrease in standards. And quite frankly, as we’re all striving to be the best we can be, that simply won’t do. According to experts there is a 40 % decrease in productivity whilst multitasking. So complete one task at a time to ensure a high standard of work and efficiency.
” There is a 40 % decrease in productivity whilst multitasking”
8. Contingency Plans
I’m completely a glass half full type of person and optimist. But unfortunately I have learnt the hard way that things do not always go to plan. The most successful career woman are always one step ahead. They plan for the unexpected. Thus meaning that should a project or task fail, they already have a go to plan B instead of agonising over what to do next.
9. Leave work email at work
Having a work-life balance is essential. But the line begins to fail and before you know it you’re lying in bed replying to work emails. Many successful woman have whittled their email checking down to twice daily. Once in the morning and once before they leave work. Laura Vanderkam ( https://www.fastcompany.com/3030999/what-i-learned-from-checking-email-only-twice-a-day )says that she was addicted to checking her emil multiple times a day. By cutting back to twice daily, she was far more productive. If people really need to get hold of you then they can phone you. This will cut down on the never ending back-and-forth and you can get straight to the point.
10. Perfection doesn’t exists
We’re all aiming for that 10/10 but lets be frank. It doesn’t exist. This goes hand in hand with number 5. Don’t compare yourself. Successful woman know that perfection does not exist and therefore are not perturbed by the unobtainable. They have their own standards they strive to maintain and simply do the best that they can.
Do you have any tips or tricks?