I’m obsessed with that term. Girlboss. It taps into my want of productivity and as we Canadians say going out and given’er! My idea of a girlboss is a polished lady, who makes the effort to run her own shit, make her own money and still be the nicest chicka around. She has her own enterprise, wether it be running her business or running her home, more likely both. She juggles her life with more grace than a Cirque de Soliel act, and if she fails, she’ll take it in stride and get back up and brush it off.
I have a huge lady boner for badass women who seemingly have it together. I’m in no way a Girlboss. But I have aspirations to be one. I’m always researching how to get motivated, to be more productive, and to be less of the procrastinator that I have grown to be. So I simplified it into what I found to be 5 habits of a Girlboss.
That’s probably the biggest obstacle I have to overcome, and the biggest reason why Girlbosses get shit done. They find ways to get up and do the things that need to be done.
The best way to beat procrastinating? Make lists. Write down the things you want to get done. Simple. Make lists of things you want to do, goals you want to achieve, things you want to get. That’s the great thing about lists, you can make a list of almost anything. Writing them down helps you gather your thoughts into one place. That will help you reflect, organize, and are the starting place of any steps you want to take to complete those lists.
Utilizing Your Time
I’m guilty of spending more time watching stuff on Netflix than any other activity. I didn’t use my time wisely and then I’d wonder why I never got anything done. I had to change my personal schedule. I started getting up way earlier than I was supposed to. That gave me an unexpected start to my day. An early rising changed my perception of time and made me feel like I had more time than I knew what to with. I was literally scrambling to find other stuff to do because my lists weren’t long enough. Now I definitely make longer lists.
It really helps a lot, to just wake up an hour or two early. Maybe you have school, or work in the morning, that’s even more of a reason to get up earlier than usual and get somethings done, plan your day during that time, take your time getting ready and not feeling rushed, do some reading, finish homework. I personally got up early every morning to do some yoga and plan my day, before I had to get my daughter ready for school.
Love to Learn
Don’t ever stop learning. Reading books, taking classes, learning new tricks, whatever way you learn, learn. There are many studies that show that continuous learning keeps your brain in healthy condition and can even ward of brain degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Learn a language, pick up an instrument. Whatever you desire to do, learn it and do it. Pick up knitting, read the book first instead of watching the movie, whatever your heart desires, learn about it! Learning new things will help you grow in many aspects of your life. Educate yourself, challenge yourself.
Probably the most important thing is selfcare. Care about yourself physically and psychologically. Everyone is different but there are numerous things that can apply as selfcare. Wether it is taking a much needed relaxing bath with a glass of wine and a novel, or hitting up the gym to finely tune your body, selfcare is any thing you do, no matter how big or small, that is deservedly for you. It helps me a lot to have just five minutes to myself in the whirlwind of taking care of a newborn.
As a Girlboss, you have to take care of a lot of things, and to keep that wheel turning and preventing a nervous breakdown, you need to take the time to pamper your self. Take care of yourself mentally with breaks, relaxing or meditating, in any form. Take care of yourself physically, by eating healthy, taking control of bad habits, and any kind of exersize. Take care of yourself. You’s important girl.
As an introvert this is hard for me, it’s just not natural, but as I said, I’m working on it. Reach out to the fellow women in your field. The women who you admire, women who inspire you, women who you want to work with, women in general. Women make up over half of the world now. There’s more women than men according to censuses. Women are the leading consumers, and with more women taking life in their hands, women will be leading on the entrepreneurial side. Mo Women No Problems.
Networking is important. I don’t just mean trading business cards, I mean developing relationships with other females wether they be in your line of work, your customers, or even Suzy next door. You never know what opportunities having those relationships will unfold. Build them and be genuine. And don’t step on other people to get ahead. You’re better than that.
I hope to one day be a badass Girlboss, with many accomplishments under my belt. I’m pushing myself and I hope you push yourself too. I only write these blogs to help myself, and hopefully help someone too.