1. 5 to Thrive
Each day, our responsibilities pull us in different directions- from work, children, to personal matters. At times, things can feel as though they are paramount and weighing us down. How do you avoid this feeling of being overwhelmed? I would like to introduce you to 5 to Thrive. Think of 5 things that you can do 3-5 times a week that you absolutely love doing. That way, when life starts to tug you in every which way, you are full and can handle the job. For example, my 5 are scattered throughout the day to keep me going: coffee in the morning, morning journal entry starting off with “yesterdays wins,” working out after work, cuddling with my dogs when I get home, and ending the night reading a good book. These tasks not only make me happy but give me fulfillment. Everyone has a different take on 5 to Thrive, and sometimes it takes a bit to get up to five-if you only start with 3 at first, that is okay.
2. Understanding How to Create Habits
One thing a girl boss knows how to do is set her mind to something she really wants. When it comes to creating habits, Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit,” knows exactly how to create and change them. Every habit must have a clearly defined cue as well as a reward. As simple as that sounds, the brain will become familiar with the cue and will want to continue to reap the reward which will translate into a habit loop with time. There are also keystone habits, which when adopted have a domino effect on the rest of our lives. For example, people who exercise generally tend to make better nutritional choices. Those who journal their food, tend to eat less each day and if you make your bed first thing in the morning, you are more apt to be productive that day. Using these tools, can greatly shape how you approach each day.
3. Rise Early
Forbes conducted an interview with 12 successful women, and what they found was the average wake time of 6:00am. Those who rise early, will always be more productive than those who hit the snooze button. Our morning hours are precious and allow us the time to eat a proper breakfast, exercise, meditate, or just have our “me time” before the day starts. The impact of those few hours before reality hits can make a huge difference.
A woman of worth knows that she cannot do everything and cannot be an expert in all fields. When it comes to honing her focus, she keeps her eye on the prize and focuses on what she is good at. Working to further improve and refine her strengths and not wasting time on weaknesses. All those tasks can be delegated to someone else who happens to be strong in that area. Those who focus on getting better at their strengths will always outperform those who want to focus on strengthening their weaknesses.
Well hello, keystone habit. It is no wonder most successful women incorporate exercise into their daily routines. Exercise not only keeps us healthy, but makes us experience less stress, make better nutritional choices, and more productive throughout the day. If all it takes is an hour of exercise to reap all the benefits listed above, sign me up!
A personal action plan is an important part of moving forward successfully and becoming a Powerhouse Woman. To get the creative juices flowing, comment below with one new habit you would like to add to your daily routine.