While no two women are the same, there are some common threads in their varied paths to success. Here are top 20 habits to incorporate into your routine, if you haven’t already.
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1. Get up earlier
According to Forbes Magazine, people who get up early tend to be more conscientious and optimistic. They’re also better at anticipating and addressing problems.
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2. Add a morning workout
Exercising is a way to clear your head and get you ready for the day’s challenges. Besides, it’s easier to exercise when you’re still fresh after a good night’s sleep than after a hard day at work.
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3. Eat breakfast
A healthy, hearty breakfast with a good dose of protein will give you enough energy for the day. It will also prevent you from dipping into your snack drawer too often, and generally helping you make smarter snacking choices. Don't miss these great Canadian restaurants run by women for some inspiration.
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4. Make a to-do list
Designer and TV personality Lauren Conrad swears by the to-do list to stay organized and to ensure that she follows through on her tasks for the day. You’ll also feel a sense of achievement as you check off each item on your list.
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5. Get that big task done first
Put that big, scary task at the top of your list and tackle it while you’re still fresh. Once it’s done and dusted, it will feel like the world has rolled off your shoulders and you can concentrate on other things without the stress.
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6. Find a mantra to motivate you
Sometimes you need a little encouragement, so create a mantra that motivates you. Repeat it every morning and whenever you need a mental boost.
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7. Be organized
A great way to waste time is to search through hundreds of files on your computer to find the one you need. Keep things organized by creating folders not only for your files but also for your pictures and emails and file every item right away.
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8. Be punctual
Being punctual shows respect towards and consideration for others. It also shows that you are organized and can manage your time efficiently.
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9. Snack smart
It’s completely natural to feel peckish mid-morning and a snack will boost your energy levels and brain power. However, it’s all about quality, so ditch the chocolates and opt for a healthy, protein-based snack like yogurt or cottage cheese instead.
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10. Be kind
The most successful women are ones who got to the top by being kind and supportive. Treating others with empathy and respect will motivate them to treat you the same way and will do wonders for morale at work.
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11. Be sociable
All work and no play make Jill a dull girl. Socialize with your co-workers, whether it’s joining them for a virtual coffee or lunch or after-work drinks, when the climate allows. You’ll make connections and find inspiration and some light-hearted fun will also relieve stress.
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12. Tidy up
Whether it’s at home or the office, a cluttered mess will just distract you. Tidy up and get rid of anything you don’t need so that you can focus on the important stuff. As Forbes says, it can also make you feel lighter when you physically toss something.
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13. Be willing to listen
Everyone knows that communication is key, but many people forget that communication is not just about talking. You need to really listen to what the other person is saying. This will minimize misunderstandings and you’ll show that you appreciate the other person’s input.
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14. Set goals
Instead of having one big, vague goal, break it down into a series of smaller, measurable goals that you can check off as you achieve them. This will make the task seem less daunting.
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15. Learn and evolve
The world changes very fast and to stay on top of things, you need to evolve with it. Successful women consciously try to learn something new every day. After listening to these new ideas, you have to be daring and have the courage to invest in big ideas and talent. In fact, it is just one way the rich have grown their wealth.
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16. Focus on solutions
Instead of simply saying, ‘Houston, we’ve got a problem,' point out the problem and suggest a possible solution at the same time. This shows that you are proactive and up for a challenge.
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17. Don’t dwell on mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes; that’s how we learn. The key is to heed the lessons and to move on rather than constantly thinking about what went wrong.
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18. Accept that you can’t control everything
Some things are beyond your control, no matter what you do. Instead of trying to change things you cannot change, focus your energy and time on those things that you can control.
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19. Think before you act
When a challenge presents itself, whether it’s a client being unreasonable or a project that goes off the rails, take a moment to breathe, to calm down and to think before you act. Acting in haste will only create additional problems.
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20. Be good to yourself
No task is more important than your well-being, so take the time and effort to be good to yourself. Eat right, get enough sleep and take some time off every once in a while.