Being a effective in all areas of life means we need to be alert, organised and diligent. We need to have our fingers in all the pies spreading ourselves thin. However, we are still expected to show up everyday with passion for what we do and who we are as career woman, mothers, partners and friends.
I’m so excited to be collaborating with one of my best friends on this amazing article she wrote especially for my blog.
Carla Caswell is a burnout coach based in the U.K. She helps ambitious corporate women create more balance in their lives so that they can exceed their greatest ambitions.
Carla believes that a holistic approach to stress-management and burnout-prevention is key to managing the pressures of modern living and the ability to achieve career / business success.
That is why she works with her clients to master their mindset, nutritional habits and exercise routines in order to create an overall healthier lifestyle as well as providing them with practical outlets to managing their stress levels.
To find out more about her story, you can visit her website here: https://bit.ly/3e6OKMN
Daily Habits that are sabotaging your success
As women we often feel that we have to work harder, longer and faster than everyone else if we want to get ahead in business.
We function at a million miles an hour just to make sure that we are perceived to be the most committed.
We check our phones the minute our eyes open in the morning, we work through lunch, and probably one of the worst ones, we check emails right before bed.
In a study compiled by sociologists Elizabeth Gorman of the University of Virginia and Julie Kmec of Washington State University they came to the conclusion that women say they have to work harder than men, even though the study revealed that both men and women experienced the same effect of marriage and parenthood on their daily working lives.
It’s ingrained in us to prove our worth more than men and something that we innately feel is a necessity to become successful in the business world.
However, by functioning on this low energy frequency constantly we are in fact sabotaging the very success we’re aiming for.
By not making time to reset and recharge we are not bringing our A-game to the table and as such we are in a perpetual cycle of chasing our tails.
For example, every wondered why some fresh face walks through the door and steals your limelight, or takes your promotion, while you’ve been there all along busting a gut?
It’s because they are functioning on a high energy level and so they are able to think clearer, be more productive, be more creative and think quicker than you when put on the spot.
So how do you get out from under this?
One of the quickest ways to start grabbing control back of your life is your morning routine.
Starting your day out with a calm, positive attitude will make you 100 times more productive than spinning your wheels from the minute you wake up.
Here are my Top 5 tips for starting your day right:
- It’s time to end your relationship with your snooze button – your alarm pulls you out of your REM sleep phase, so when you hit snooze and shut your eyes again, it sends you right back into a new phase of REM. Your brain stays in that phase long after you’ve forced yourself to get up. The result: You’re foggy all day, and your productivity takes a dive
- Pack your bags the night before – so make sure your lunch, gym bags, evening outfit etc are all ready to go
- Start a gratitude journal – write down at least 5 things you are grateful for that day. Focusing on what you’re grateful for changes your mindset and allows you to view things through the day from a more positive perspective
- Listen to a guided meditation on your way to work, this will help you to focus your mind and calm any anxieties you are feeling for the day ahead, plus a guided meditation is easier to remain focused on than trying to calm your mind on your own while on the train or in the car. If you are driving, please don’t close your eyes during your meditation
- Spend 5 minutes prioritising your to-do list for the day when you arrive at work before you do anything else, this includes checking emails and making a cup of tea. You will inevitably get distracted and your to-do list will fall by the wayside only to cause you anxiety later in the day when you haven’t completed certain tasks you really needed to.
Let me also just clarify here that I’m not saying take your foot off the pedal and cruise, I’m saying take care of your physical and mental health so that you can be the badass success story you are striving to be.
Trying to implement healthy habits into your busy schedule can often feel overwhelming, so I have put together a FREE self-care eBook to get you started on your journey to finding more balance and to help you keep yourself accountable.
The eBook contains 2 exercises / worksheets namely, the Self-Care Checklist which will help you to start implementing me-time into your day, and the Habit Tracker which assists in creating a birds-eye view of whether or not your current activities and attitudes are aligned to dreams and goals.