A girlboss, to me, is a savvy businesswoman who conquers life with fearlessness, but also takes time to smell the roses. Or at least, that’s the type of woman I strive to be. I aim to be smart and sophisticated, yet work on growing as a person and becoming the best version of myself possible.
It’s not going to be easy, but creating good habits now that increases productivity and keeps you organized will serve you well in the future.
If you would like to adopt some powerful girl boss habits to help you be more successful in life than follow the tips below.
5 Girl Boss Habits That Will Change Your Life
Get Enough Sleep
It’s no secret that sleep is important. Scientists recommend 7-10 hours of sleep, however that can be difficult if you are a college student, work graveyard shift or have insomnia (like me). I know that if I am sleep-deprived than I am more anxious, more overwhelmed, suffer from brain fog and can’t focus to save my life. But, when I wake up earlier I am much more productive and ready to take on the day.
There are so many studies that talk about patterns shared by the most successful people in the world, and one of them is going to bed and waking up early. Sleep is so important for our bodies and our minds. It manages our appetite, balances our mood, helps us focus and maximizes productivity. You need sleep for your body to recoup and slay life, so make sure you do whatever you can to get enough every night.
Everybody goes through pits of self-doubt and negativity, where procrastination creeps in and steals your productivity. A lot of times we procrastinate because we think we are going to fail or have already failed before we’ve even begun. Our minds blow our tasks out of proportion, telling us that we aren’t well-equipped, we don’t have enough time or it’s not going to be good enough, so we end up pushing it off until later.
But, what your brain tells you isn’t true. In fact, when I force myself to fight procrastination and tackle a task, it ends up being so much easier than I originally thought and it gets done a lot quicker.
My favorite tip for beating procrastination: If I have a large task at hand, I will set a timer for an hour and make sure I focus hard on that one specific task and not think about anything else. Then after the hour is over, I will take a fifteen minute break to focus on a smaller task — paying bills, running to the grocery store, making calls – before returning to the larger task.
Prioritizing your time into chunks maximizes productivity throughout the day because you are giving your brain an opportunity to take a break by switching between tasks. Science shows us that you can only focus on one thing 45 minutes to 1 hour at a time, so by switching to another task afterwards, you are giving your brain a much deserved break before diving back into the task at hand.
Another tip to beat procrastination is to force yourself to tackle the biggest tasks first and then reward yourself. By doing this, you are training your brain to complete tasks right when you obtain them rather than pushing them off until later, thereby maximizing productivity. This has helped me a lot by not seeing tasks as being overwhelming, but manageable, and with the reward system, I have an incentive to get them done quicker.
Find the learning opportunity in every moment
We are greeted every moment with a chance to learn something new and gain more knowledge from that experience. This is especially important when life kicks you down, whether you have a flat tire or cracked phone, instead of looking it as a negative experience, a girlboss looks at it as a challenge and a chance to learn more.
If everyone took negative experiences and found the learning moments in them then I honestly think our world would be a lot brighter. It’s not always easy, but it is better to try and find the positive in situations rather than wallowing in misery. I do my best to not let anything negative take up too much of my time because I want to save my energy for more important things, so I let myself have an hour to be upset and then I move on with my day.
A girlboss is a do-it-all girl who is always on top of her game and is a time-management queen. She plans everything ahead of time so she isn’t met with any surprises and is always prepared if any unfortunate circumstance arises. As for me, planning out my life keeps me on track and reduces the risk of missing important deadlines or events. I also plan ahead just in case life throws something my way, then I can be prepared to take it on.
When I get up in the morning, I will plan my whole day ahead of time and write out my tasks for the rest of the week. If any new event pops up during the month, like a birthday, then I will write it on my monthly calendar to make sure I don’t forget it.
Planning ahead is just one of those habits that will serve you well throughout life and into the future, so now is the time to start making it a daily routine.
Prioritize and Balance Your Life
Part of being a girl boss is knowing when to dedicate time towards your passions and when to spend time with loved ones.
One of the things I regret when looking back at my past is not spending more time with friends and family. There were days where I could of put away my work, but instead I kept going because I felt like I had to work on something 24/7 or else I saw myself as a “failure.”
That time you take for yourself to rejuvenate is so important for your mental health. And, learning to prioritize the main aspects of your life is critical for your success. A girl boss knows this, and is a master at balancing the two so she gets an equal amount of dedication to both.
Have any more powerful girlboss tips you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!