7 Things All Successful Women Do When They Wake Up
Create & Cultivate is an online community and creative conference that serves up serious boss-piration (like MyDomaine’s own co-founders, Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr) to female entrepreneurs looking to revolutionize the digital landscape. So who better to tap for intel about the practices of successful women than Create & Cultivate’s editorial director, Arianna Schioldager?
At this point, the question is not whether women can have it all, but how to do it all. We are all are tired of talking about that ever-elusive work/life balance, but one thing that all women who are stretched too thin can use is tips on how to be more productive. The truth is mornings come fast for those of us pursuing both professional and personal dreams. As we’ve learned to adjust our circadian rhythms to the growing demands of both spheres, we’ve also adopted a few troublesome tendencies, like repeatedly hitting the snooze button. As easy as it is to slip into unfavorable routines, there are some surprisingly simple ways to remedy them.
For the simple ways to chuck bad habits and jump-start productivity, we decided to go straight to the inspirational sources that Create & Cultivate celebrates for advice. Read seven ways we’ve learned to have a more productive workday.
“Drockling” is the official term coined by sleep scientists in the 1970s for hitting snooze time and again. While snoozing may feel like a relief, the precious minutes you think you’re stealing are actually making you groggier and more confused. Instead of snoozing, get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time throughout the week. Though it’s challenging at first, your body’s internal clock will acclimate to the change, and waking up won’t feel as abrupt.
You roll over, grab your phone, and scroll through your inbox. You might think this is helping you get a jump on the day, but what it’s really doing is causing you to be reactive instead of proactive. This slight shift in thinking will affect how you do business. Taking a proactive approach to the day is a military strategy that you can apply to everyday life.
Have you ever heard that leaders are readers? Bill Gates has his own blog where he reviews books. Nike founder Phil Knight has a library he loves so much that you have to remove your shoes to enter. Reading brings innovation and inspiration and allows you to broach new topics and boost your knowledge. Bonus: It will increase your verbal and emotional intelligence for the day, which sounds like a win-win.
No one likes Mondays, and no one likes commuting, but telling yourself that you don’t want to head into the office is detrimental to your day—and has an effect on the decisions you make once you get to work. Changing your mind-set will change your life. It was Chelsea Handler who said, “You just need one person to say yes.” Until that one person comes along, spearhead this effort by saying yes to yourself.
Over the course of your adult life, you will have approximately 25,000 mornings. These are not throwaway moments. On the days when you simply “don’t feel like it”—whatever “it” might be—it’s much easier when you’ve established a routine. Wake up at the same time every day, eat breakfast, and take a tip from Nikki DeRoest of Hello to Beauty, who says, “Have your boss look nailed down.”
That IG black hole is real; we’ve been there. Remember that your time in the morning is precious. As tempting as it is to give your thumb a continuous scroll workout, it’s affecting your ability to process information and your attention span. Employees who work in tech are on devices an average of seven and a half hours a day. Give your thumb a break and do some squats instead. Moving in the morning is one of the best habits to build for your brain.
Shoulders back, head up, core engaged. You’re a boss and you believe it. No more rolling out of bed or out the door. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have a reversible boss tote filled with your VIPs (very important papers) that’s pulling double duty, just like you.
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What are some ways you ready yourself for a productive workday?