Not too many years ago, business was seen as a ‘man’s world’ and the business arena was filled with stereotypically male entrepreneurs and leaders.
But now, entrepreneurism – and the image of entrepreneurs – has totally changed, offering a newer, fresher, female identity.
Previously, the dominant patriarchal culture of the business world was one of big egos and aggressive competition which was reflected within every level of an organisation.
In the spirit of the film Wall Street, it seemed that young business-people just wanted to be like Gordon Gekko.
Thankfully, this paradigm has shifted, with the emergence and success of highly innovative and intuitive female entrepreneurs, establishing long-needed balance in the business world.
I believe it is now women who are leading the charge in entrepreneurism and women who are redefining what it is to be an entrepreneur.
Interestingly, in the entrepreneurial networking events and business groups I have recently attended, women have made up the majority of participants.
Whether they are ambitious, intelligent visionaries, hell-bent on making their mark in this world; or compassionate intuitives, wanting to make society a better place for others – their passion is clear.
They are recreating and redefining the concept and operations of ‘business’.
Female entrepreneurs bring something new and very much needed to the business world: a new transformative energy that is reshaping how business is done – for the better.
It shouldn’t then be a surprise that many of the top successful women across the world have created valuable habits to ensure their best chance of success and incorporated them into daily routines that give them the greatest chance of achieving their goals.
And so, we should all learn from these mavericks.
We should look towards the female leaders dominating their industries, the likes of Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post and Thrive Global; Victoria Beckham, of her own fashion label; Anna Wintour of Vogue; Meg Driscoll of EvolveMKD, and Oprah Winfrey. Look at what they do, and how they do it, and we can begin replicate their success.
So, to optimise your time and help you to develop the mindset and behaviours for success, here are five proven daily habits of successful women that you can incorporate into your own life, to get results.
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1. Sleep well
You really need around eight hours sleep to get the full benefits of cell regeneration for your body and relaxation for your mental wellbeing.
Founder of Thrive Global and The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, once fainted from sleep deprivation, breaking her cheekbone!
You don’t need to learn such a painful lesson the hard way.
These days, she gets eight hours of natural sleep, waking up without need of an alarm.
Learn from her experience!
It’s vital to get plenty of sleep to rejuvenate ourselves, replenish our energy and heal our cells. If it helps to remind you – set an alarm for bedtime.
tart winding down at least an hour before sleeping – which means you must switch off the smartphone, tablet and laptop screens that emit blue light and prevent your body from releasing the melatonin we all need to relax and sleep.
Better still – don’t have any electronic devices in the bedroom at all – not even a TVs.
Have a regular routine to get you in the mood for sleeping, and do something relaxing – like having a bath or reading a book before your eight hours of rest.
2. Get up early
Set your alarm for dawn to get up early and start your day with peace and tranquillity.
Or better still, leave your curtains open, and allow yourself to be woken by sunlight.
Our bodies are naturally attuned to the passage of the day, following circadian rhythms, and this consistency matters, so it’s a good idea to wake at a regular hour.
Our hormones react to natural light, producing cortisol in the morning (and melatonin at night).
Waking at a consistent time provides an anchor for your day.
It sets the tone (and the time) for practising all the other habits you’re developing.
Wake up early, well before your children, and spend some leisurely time on a regular morning routine, completing a number of disciplines to set you up for the day.
Ex-Spice Girl and successful businesswoman Victoria Beckham calls this her ‘me time’.
Meditation relieves stress, helps to relax you, ground you, and clears your mind, enabling you to focus and think clearly.
Research on people starting to practise meditation showed that in just a couple of weeks, meditating for a few minutes each day, improved focus and memory enough to increase their score in the US Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) by 16 percentile points.
Exercise is always beneficial to the mind and body, but exercise during the morning is apparently even more advantageous.
The University of Bristol conducted a research study that discovered that people who exercised before work had a more positive mindset and were more proactive and productive at work.
Even ten minutes of exercise will make a great difference.
And it doesn’t have to be a full-on gym work-out: a few stretches or crunches, yoga, or walking are fine, too.
Work your way up to high-intensity workout sessions or schedule a proper gym session a few times a week!
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief plays tennis each morning (as does Richard Branson).
“I have a tiny little dance party,” says TV producer, Shonda Rhimes (who created Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, and The Catch).
“So, Beyoncé and I are having a little dance party every morning,” she says. “And that usually puts me in a good mood. And then I leave the house.”
This is a habit that many successful women include in their morning routine.
CEO of PR and communications agency, EvolveMKD, Meg Driscoll, Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Stevie Awards for Women in Business), even uses her time in the bathroom to prepare herself and her mindset:
“While in the shower, I always set my intention for the day.” And she always meditates.
Set some kind of intention or goal for the day ahead.
It just takes a few minutes when you get up in the morning (or on your commute to work) to meditate, visualise or journal and write out your goals.
This will help to focus and prioritise, energised and makes it easier to prioritise.
Foster an attitude of gratitude, until it becomes your default setting.
There is nothing like listing the good things in life to boost your positivity.
Writing down notes of all you have in your life to be thankful for has even been scientifically-proven as beneficial.
Oprah Winfrey says: “I have volumes and volumes of gratitude journals by the side of my bed.
The last thing I do before I go to sleep is write five things that gave me great pleasure or that I was grateful for.”
You will feel happier, more positive and mentally healthy, more confident – and you will probably sleep better, too.
You can replicate these tried and tested habits of successful women for yourself and achieve similar results.
Because they are habits – they need to be done habitually!
That means doing them so regularly that they become your normality.
So, make them part of your daily routine – however busy you are – and life will become easier; reducing stress and helping you to achieve your goals to be a successful entrepreneur.