As Career Girls, we know that the road to success is never an easy one.
And I don’t know about you, but I always need to take a step back in order to keep on pushing forward and I do this by taking inspiration from the ladies who are killing it with their careers. They are superwomen, and I can’t help but think if they can do it, why can’t I? So, this week I’m taking a look at how they spend their first hour in work so I can make my mornings as motivational and productive as possible. Are you with me?
1. Emily Weiss
CEO of Glossier
‘If something’s not possible, find out what is…’
Mornings can be tough sometimes, so when a high-powered self-confessed Career Girl confesses that morning aren’t really her thing we can all take a sigh of relief. And she has some really important tips on how you should start your day.
Respond to the changes that have happened overnight. Find out what your competition is up to and check out social media activity. Know what’s going on around you and filter out your emails by replying to the most important. The most important thing is getting ready to start the day at a high pace and as prepared as possible.
2. Lauren Conrad
Designer and founder of laurenconrad.com
‘When you do multiple things you love, it doesn’t feel like work’
The first thing Lauren does when she arrives in the office is making time for her colleagues. Having conversations with everyone and getting the update on everything that is going on.
Lauren knows that relationships and communication is work is vital. It’s meant to boost productivity and motivation, which is needed in a fast-paced environment. It’s really important to make time for your colleagues and employees at the beginning of the day. This will help you keep up to date with what’s going on, but will help you to build strong communicating relationships, which is vital in business.
3. Maria Hatzistefanis
Founder of Rodial & Nip + Fab
‘I love setting myself goals and being able to achieve them and mentally tick them off the list. It’s definitely rewarding coming up with new ideas, putting them into action and seeing the process unfold’
Usually, I’ve only been awake for an hour by the time I get into work. But that’s simply not the case with Maria. By the time I’m sitting down at my desk with my coffee, Maria has already been to the gym, answered emails, attended meetings and caught up with colleagues. Truly inspirational, she’s a woman who can have it all. But what does she do as soon as she sits down at her desk?
Maria too knows the importance of connecting with her team. As she travels a lot, she goes out of the way to make sure that when she’s in the city she makes time to catch up with her team at the Rodial Head Office. Maria could spend her morning answering emails, checking in on her stores, meeting with stylists or press.
4. Sheryl Sandberg
COO of Facebook
‘We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in’
By 7 am Sheryl Sandberg is already in bed and it seems like she’s got her work routine pretty sussed. She goes to sleep at ten, balances a high powered job with a personal life and still manages to make the company soar. Mostly like the other powerful mentioned women above, Sheryl’s day is taken up with a lot of meetings. And the way in which they do meeting in Facebook has changed since Sandberg arrived.
In order to run your company efficiently, you need to set clear goals. So it’s important to set that one clear goal in your first hour – especially in your meetings. Are you there to make a decision, or are you there to discuss? Starting your day like this will make you more ready and motivated to go with your clear goals and to-do lists in mind.
5. Victoria Beckham
Creative Director of Victoria Beckham fashion line
‘I was never a natural. I got there in the end because I did believe that if you work hard enough, then you can achieve a lot’
Victoria Beckham is not only a Spice Girl but a hardworking business owner who knows her stuff. She balances family with a major business that despite recent losses she will never fail to stand behind it. Teaching us all that perseverance and hard work will always pay off in the end.
This career girl spends her first hour checking in with her team – she has about eighty people in her studio and is very hands-on, so she always makes sure she is involved in every step of the process of creating her collection.
I think the main thing all these successful women have in common is the fact that they are all so involved in their teams. We know one person doesn’t make the company, but a team and the sooner you realize you need other people to take you to the next level, the better. Meetings are very important – you need to be clear and make sure your team knows they are involved and are aware of your goal. Strong teams make great companies!
Are you inspired by any of these routines? Let us know in the comments below…
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