How to be Unstoppable in 2019? Tips from 5 Successful Girl Bosses
Ever looked at Oprah and thought “how does she do it?” It is kind of mind blowing to think how the most successful people in the world keep it all together amidst the pressure, the demand and the stress. While here we are, trying to string the pieces together and take it one step at a time every single day. So how can you be gracefully unstoppable this 2019? Take it from these girl bosses as they share their daily routines as well as tips on how they maintain a stellar work ethic:
1. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
In 2014, Mary Barra took on her role as the first female CEO of General Motors. She is known for her incredible journey in the company as she worked her way to the top from a student intern in the 1980s to CEO three decades later.
According to The Financial Times,colleagues of Barra described her work ethic as efficient. She was always the first person in the office and the last one to go home. But even with her busy schedule, she still squeezed in time to spend with her kids. Finding balance is one of the major struggles as careers start to sky-rocket. One key tip to help you prioritize is to follow a strict schedule by listing it downas soon as you sit on your desk.
On work-life balance:
"Everybody does a better job when they're able to balance. It might mean on a certain day I've got to leave a little early because I want to see my daughter play volleyball. That doesn't mean that after we go home, and after we've eaten dinner and the kids go to bed, I'm not going to take out the computer and catch up on what I missed. We need to provide that environment. In a world now with our BlackBerrys and our smartphones, we're always on. We need to find the opportunity not to do everything, but to do the important things."
2. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Sandberg is not only the successful COO of a multibillion-dollar company– she is also an author and advocate for women in the workplace. Like Barra, Sandberg is also known for her exemplary work-life balance. After putting her kids to sleep, she immediately goes back to work online. Technology is an asset for every working woman on the go. Keep your phones fully charged, productivity apps and materials readily-available. Check out Dress My Desk’s compact foldable keyboard, perfect for active working girls!
On Productivity: “Done is better than perfect.”
3. Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo
Nooyi is the first female CEO of Pepsi from 2006 through 2018. During her first year, sales growth for the company increased to a whooping 80%. According to Business Insider, she wakes up at 4 in the morning and goes to work at 7 am. An efficient morning routine is very important, even for the busiest people! Create a morning routine that does not involve any technology (e.g. 5-minute meditation, read the newspaper etc.) to increase self-awareness and set priorities for the day. From there, arrive to work on time and grind! Aside from her famous morning routine, she is also known for being detail-oriented with 50-60 items on her single page to-do-list, one-side personal, other side professional (another key categorization technique) from the smallest task to the largest according to Fortune.
On being detail-oriented:
“I pick up the details that drive the organization insane. But sweating the details is more important than anything else.”
4. Michelle Obama, Former First Lady
The former First Lady is not only a public servant, she is a lawyer and a best-selling author. She is known to be the First Lady that has two Ivy League degrees respectively from Harvard and Princeton. Let’s Move!, Joining Forces and Reach Higher are just some programs spearheaded by Mrs. Obama.
Clearly, Michelle Obama is an intelligent woman! I have always lived by the saying “If you’re the smartest one in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Keep your mind tingling and be hungry for growth. Read more this year, take a short class or watch educational videos. Keep your new books in place with chic and neatly-designed organizers from yours truly.
On being smart:
“I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”
5. Marie Kondo, Best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Netflix star of 'Tidying Up'
Before Kondo sleeps, she makes it a point to put everything back in their designated places. According to the best-selling author, mornings do not impact her day as significantly, unlike Nooyi. It only does affect her when she leaves the house before finishing her chores. “When this happens, it's on my mind the whole day.” She says. Decluttering and cleanliness, as I have always mentioned, reflects everything in your life. It affects how you pursue everyday goals! For our last superwoman, the lesson to be carried out this year is to organize as much as you can. There will always be messes, but discipline will always win.
On being organized:
“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”
It’s the work ethic. It’s the discipline. It’s the passion. The women above are just five of millions who are strong and successful just like you! It’s almost an end of another decade, time to make it count– tenfold. The new year is all about starting anew. January is the month of good decisions, of right choices. Following the tips and tricks of some of the most inspiring women can help you be more unstoppable as 2019 starts until it ends. Start small and end with a bang. You just might be the next woman who grace the pages of blogs, newspapers and magazines– applauded by millions. You never know.
- Grace Greene