How Successful Women Manage Their Time

Managing time can be a tricky task. There are so many demands placed on modern life, from social media, keeping up with friends and family, working and trying to be your best self. A month can literally go by in a minute. The best way to manage your time would be to identify areas that need a little intervention.

If you need some inspiration to manage your time, find out how to use psychological tricks to be more productive here. Meanwhile, the best way to get better at using every hour in your day would be to see how the busiest women in the world do it. These are the women with successful careers, good social lives, and families to take care of too. I always wonder how on earth they manage it, but they have a few non-negotiables that help them be their most productive selves. 

1. Take breaks from social media

Sasha Cohen is a former Olympian, as such, her life has slowed down considerably since her competitive days. While training, she didn’t have much time for herself and even had to learn things like managing a bank account and buying an apartment. Now she takes joy in the smaller things, learning to slow her life down. She manages her time by taking social media breaks and reminding herself that real life is more important than social media. Although she has tried to slow her life down, her days are still full. Between training, events, and classes, Sasha would have no time to recharge if she dedicated all her spare hours to social media, so she tries to ban comparisons and stay real. 

Social media breaks are the one biggest distraction that in our lives. If you find yourself checking your phone at work a lot, and getting distracted by notifications, it might be a good idea to start a detox. Turn off your phone during work hours, or put it on airplane mode when you aren’t using it. Start slowly and you’ll eventually realize just how much time your social media addiction was eating up. It will shock you.

1. Take breaks from social media

Sasha Cohen is a former Olympian, as such, her life has slowed down considerably since her competitive days. While training, she didn’t have much time for herself and even had to learn things like managing a bank account and buying an apartment. Now she takes joy in the smaller things, learning to slow her life down. She manages her time by taking social media breaks and reminding herself that real life is more important than social media. Although she has tried to slow her life down, her days are still full. Between training, events, and classes, Sasha would have no time to recharge if she dedicated all her spare hours to social media, so she tries to ban comparisons and stay real. 

Social media breaks are the one biggest distraction that in our lives. If you find yourself checking your phone at work a lot, and getting distracted by notifications, it might be a good idea to start a detox. Turn off your phone during work hours, or put it on airplane mode when you aren’t using it. Start slowly and you’ll eventually realize just how much time your social media addiction was eating up. It will shock you.

2. Improve yourself whenever you can 

Roya Sullivan is the award-winning designer behind Macy’s holiday windows. Her designs capture hearts and minds all over the world, and while incredibly intricate and creative, they take a lot of time, dedication, and a great team. As you can imagine, Roya’s day to day life is full, she uses Instagram to recruit other creative types to help and has a demanding job from concept to execution. This means, to manage her time properly she needs to be at her sharpest. 

To stay sharp, Roya will try to fit a workout in every day, this helps her deal with whatever her stressful job throws at her. But it’s also important that during her days off she stays inspired. With such a creative job, if she didn’t take the time to visit art galleries and stay inspired, she wouldn’t be able to come up with so many ideas for her window displays. The best thing to do to make use of your time is identify three or four skills or experiences you can do during the weekend or after work that will help make you better at your job and make time for them. You’ll find yourself going from strength to strength.

2. Improve yourself whenever you can 

Roya Sullivan is the award-winning designer behind Macy’s holiday windows. Her designs capture hearts and minds all over the world, and while incredibly intricate and creative, they take a lot of time, dedication, and a great team. As you can imagine, Roya’s day to day life is full, she uses Instagram to recruit other creative types to help and has a demanding job from concept to execution. This means, to manage her time properly she needs to be at her sharpest. 

To stay sharp, Roya will try to fit a workout in every day, this helps her deal with whatever her stressful job throws at her. But it’s also important that during her days off she stays inspired. With such a creative job, if she didn’t take the time to visit art galleries and stay inspired, she wouldn’t be able to come up with so many ideas for her window displays. The best thing to do to make use of your time is identify three or four skills or experiences you can do during the weekend or after work that will help make you better at your job and make time for them. You’ll find yourself going from strength to strength.

3. Create a plan of action

Being busy and having lots of small tasks to tick off can leave you open to mismanaging your time. The best way to stay ahead is to create a plan for yourself and stick to it. Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO and founder of FEED projects. During an average day, you will find her in meetings, spending hours in her email, or running to more important meetings outside of the offices. Her days are incredibly busy, and getting everything on her to-do list done is important to her so that she can get home and spend time with her children. 

Remind yourself to be present by sticking to a strict time schedule and not getting distracted. Fill in a planner like the Getting Things Done planner which allows you to track your self-care, water intake, to-dos, and so much more. This way, you have your very own personal assistant in planner form and don’t have to worry about forgetting everything.

3. Create a plan of action

Being busy and having lots of small tasks to tick off can leave you open to mismanaging your time. The best way to stay ahead is to create a plan for yourself and stick to it. Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO and founder of FEED projects. During an average day, you will find her in meetings, spending hours in her email, or running to more important meetings outside of the offices. Her days are incredibly busy, and getting everything on her to-do list done is important to her so that she can get home and spend time with her children. 

Remind yourself to be present by sticking to a strict time schedule and not getting distracted. Fill in a planner like the Getting Things Done planner which allows you to track your self-care, water intake, to-dos, and so much more. This way, you have your very own personal assistant in planner form and don’t have to worry about forgetting everything.

4. Make the most of your Sunday

Taryn Toomey’s fitness class reportedly brings Naomi Watts to tears. So you know the girl means business. She’s the founder of The Class by Taryn Toomey and spends a lot of her time at work. Even on a Sunday, she will go to the studio for an hour because she enjoys it so much. She knows that in order to be her best self and manage her time better she has to use her Sunday as much-needed downtime. So she will recharge by spending time with her children, making a power-up smoothie with pumpkin, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate flavored protein powder and loves to enjoy her time with her family.

Before the end of Sunday, she will have a soak in the bath and unwind before planning her Monday. While she spends her time flitting around and even working, it’s important that she knows she doesn’t have to stay up late thinking about her next day of work, so a great plan is just as important as downtime. Don’t forget that if you want to be your most productive self, you need to relax, unwind, and spend time with your loved ones.

4. Make the most of your Sunday

Taryn Toomey’s fitness class reportedly brings Naomi Watts to tears. So you know the girl means business. She’s the founder of The Class by Taryn Toomey and spends a lot of her time at work. Even on a Sunday, she will go to the studio for an hour because she enjoys it so much. She knows that in order to be her best self and manage her time better she has to use her Sunday as much-needed downtime. So she will recharge by spending time with her children, making a power-up smoothie with pumpkin, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and chocolate flavored protein powder and loves to enjoy her time with her family.

Before the end of Sunday, she will have a soak in the bath and unwind before planning her Monday. While she spends her time flitting around and even working, it’s important that she knows she doesn’t have to stay up late thinking about her next day of work, so a great plan is just as important as downtime. Don’t forget that if you want to be your most productive self, you need to relax, unwind, and spend time with your loved ones.

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Beth Macdonald

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I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.

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