I'm sure everyone here wants to be successful. No matter how horrible you think your current situation is in life, it is totally 100% possible to live a successful lifestyle. Creating success takes time and it starts with implementing good habits on a daily basis. I read a lot on successful women. From articles, autobiographies, blogs, etc. and I've compiled a list of habits I've learned that every millennial should practice in order to be successful.
1. Get up early.
I have heard and read time and time again that is so important to wake up early if you want to be successful. And I mean far earlier than the time that you start getting ready only to rush out the door. It's important for you to take some time out for yourself in the morning to really get your self together. By this, I mean getting in the right head space for the day. Go for a walk, do yoga, meditate, pray, listen to music, think of a few things you're grateful for and write them down in your journal. Use the mornings for YOU time. It'll make your day ten times more enjoyable and productive.
2. Write things down.
You can't remember everything honey, trust me. It's essential for you to write things down if you want to be successful. This means to-do lists, grocery lists, shopping lists, ideas, appointments, etc. You can use apps like Evernote to record notes and ideas, and Google Calendar to set reminders for your self and keep track of events and appointments. Keep a physical planner with you. Right now, I'm using a planner I got from Target. But, for the 2016, I've narrowed it down to three (very difficult to choose from) options.
- The Ultimate Weekly Business Planner by Alisha Nicole
- The Live What You Love Planner by Mattie James of Mattieology
- The Blog + Life Planner by Allison Marshall of Wonderlass
These are all awesome planners for you girlbosses.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
Seriously, you can't do it all and certainly not all at once. Yes, as women we tend to believe that we are master multi-taskers and we can get all this stuff done without getting drained. But, when you try to do things for your business, family, work, the house, the kids---the list goes on, you will get burnt out very quickly. Try doing your tasks in batches like this:
- Write all your blog posts for the week over the weekend.
- Make all calls after lunch.
- Set a time to go through and answer emails.
- Set a day to do laundry.
Completing tasks like this will help you avoid jumping from one thing to another which can lead to freaking out, and "losing your shit".
4. Be a boss, NOT Bossy.
To get respect, you have to give it. Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO. Be assertive, not aggressive. Focus on being a leader more than anything and being someone that your team can look up to or ask for help.
- Don't be a know-it-all.
- Be open to suggestions and ideas from others.
- Show others what to do instead of telling them.
- Give direction instead of barking orders.
- Don't demand respect, you've got to earn it babe.
- Never ever make it your mission to use people solely for what or who they know.
- Develop and inspire others.
For more on being a girl boss click here.
5. Accept criticism gracefully.
Everyone isn't to have the best opinion about you, your business, or work ethics. Instead of pondering over every little negative thing that people say to you, decide if it something you can learn from and improve upon. If not, take the critic with a smile, say thank you, and move on. The end.
Don't believe in the "grind now, I can sleep when I die" BULL. You need to take breaks and make sure you're getting enough rest. Surely, you can't do your best while you're tired and drained. Take a 5-15 minute break after you've been working for 2 hours or so. Read a magazine, play a game on your phone, or take a little walk up the street and back for a little fresh air. Give yourself time off from work and take a day off. And really take the day off. Do the things you enjoy doing outside of work, pour yourself a drink, and get some extra rest. Create time to relax and unwind.
7. Plan your week.
Plan. plan. plan. Planning will create order for you life therefore giving you sanity. Writing things down is one thing, but you have to create a plan of attack in order to get it done. Read this if you want to learn more about planning like a boss.
8. Read and Never STOP Learning.
You can never know enough. Successful women are always looking to grow, and they never stop. Do this by reading, attending a workshop/conference, taking an e-course, etc. The more you learn, the more you will be successful.
Remember to take baby steps. Don't beat yourself up if you don't find yourself doing all of these things by tomorrow. Take it slow and try one new habit a day and add on as you go. You'll be an expert at productivity and creating habits to produce a successful lifestyle in no time, girl.