The business world is tough on women, and it can be hard to manage your stress and productivity needs. However, don’t let challenges stand in your way of success. Here are 13 habits every businesswoman should develop to improve her work and life.
1. Take Time to Network
No matter where you are in your career, you should be networking with other professionals.
Making an effort to network has many benefits, including gaining recognition, building relationships, exchanging ideas, and paving the way for new opportunities. Going to events and following up with the connections you make are great ways to improve your career.
2. Be Mindful
Being mindful means focusing on the moment without worrying about the past or future. When your mind wanders during work, you can practice steering its attention back to the task at hand.
Being mindful has several benefits, including increased performance, improved relationships, and resilience. Being mindful has also been shown to decrease stress – which can come in abundance in the business world – and increase your satisfaction.
3. Focus on Deep Work
An asset connected to mindfulness that’s useful for any businesswoman is focusing on doing deep work. Author and professor Cal Newport popularized the term “deep work” in his book. Several companies have adopted the concept since, and for a good reason.
Deep work focuses on setting aside specific intervals of time to disconnect from the outside world and focus on producing meaningful work. This means no more multitasking or being distracted by shallow makework, like checking emails or scrolling through social media.
Those who practice deep work are better at being “in the zone” and increasing their productivity, which is beneficial in the business world.
4. Organize Your To-Do List
It’s nice for everyone to have a list of goals for the day, but without organization, your to-do list can be more overwhelming than helpful.
Tips for organizing your to-do list include consolidating similar tasks into one timeslot, giving specific periods for each job, and separating daily and weekly tasks.
An organized to-do list can help you stay on task throughout the week and remember important tasks.
5. Have a Morning Routine
Another habit that can help business women be more productive is establishing a solid morning routine. Start out with a healthy breakfast and take vitamins. Vitamin B can boost your energy and cognitive performance, making it a great way to set your day up for success.
Whether it includes making the bed, meditating, reading, or crafting a nice cup of coffee, having a consistent morning routine can help you start your day on the right foot.
Starting your day out right can boost your confidence for the day, increase your productivity, and give you peace when facing the work ahead. It’s essential to not let your routine stress you out, which begins with not rushing through it. Give yourself the time to do what makes you feel good when starting the day.
Everyone can benefit from regular exercise, but the practice offers extra benefits for those in high-stress jobs.
Exercise provides health benefits that are important for keeping up with a busy schedule, including lower blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy. Exercise also offers a host of mental benefits that can increase your performance, including:
- Strengthening memory
- Boosting mood
- Enhancing creativity
- Improving concentration
- Lowering stress
These mental benefits can be vital to moving forward in your career when taking on the business world.
7. Know Your Limits
No one is perfect. We’re not robots that can go continuously throughout the day; we need breaks. Remember that you won’t get far in business if you sacrifice your well-being for your work. Eventually, you’ll get burned out – and it will be hard to pick yourself back up again.
As professional women have learned, letting yourself get burned out can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. It’s essential to take breaks and look after yourself.
8. Accept Help
Everyone can use assistance from time to time. Women in business have faced pressure to prove themselves, which can mean trying to do it all on one’s own. Unfortunately, this can lead to the burnout discussed in the last section.
Exchanging help can be great since everyone has different strengths. Plus, offering and accepting assistance can create a stronger workplace.
9. Practice Self-Care
Practicing self-care can decrease stress and increase resilience, which is a great asset to the business world. There are several ways for you to practice self-care, including:
- Spending time in nature
- Getting a massage
- Taking time for your favorite hobby
- Enjoying a cup of tea
10. Limit Your Caffeine
Many of us have days where a few cups of coffee are the only thing getting us through, but too much caffeine can harm your physical and mental health, hurting your work performance and overall well-being.
Adults should limit themselves to four 8 oz. cups of coffee per day. More than this can dehydrate you, will increase your anxiety levels, and raise your blood pressure.
11. Get Enough Sleep
We all need sleep. Not getting enough is detrimental to our health and performance. Getting enough sleep increases mental sharpness, so much so that some companies are investing in their employees’ sleep habits.
You should be getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. Any less can increase mental distress and put you at greater risk for chronic conditions that can damage your career goals.
12. Make Time for Family
In the business world, it can be hard to keep a good work-life balance, but spending time with the family has a host of benefits for you and them.
Taking time for your family will increase your mental well-being, create stronger bonds, and help reduce stress. Make sure to save some of your days for your loved ones.
13. Transition From Work to Life
To make the most of your family and self-care time, it’s important to keep your mind focused on those things. It can be hard to turn our brains off from the office and ignore these life moments.
Ways to transition your brain from work to home are by taking a walk, listening to a non-work podcast on your commute, taking a shower, or changing into more comfortable clothes.
Any transition ritual can train your brain to focus on what’s happening now and increase the quality of these non-business moments.
Being a Woman in Business
Business women face daily challenges, including obstacles not faced by their male counterparts. Forming these habits can help improve your well-being, making you better at work and home.