How Successful Women Work Smarter Not Harder


There are no shortcuts to success. Oh, news just in, it looks like there are.

Today, more and more career girls are killing it in business and we’re loving all the girl power. The problem is, our days are getting more and more overstretched and overscheduled. Something’s gotta give. So, to keep the dream chasers on track here’s the only guide you need to master working smarter not harder…


credt: @sophiaamoruso


They build their career around what they want 

“The wisest advice I ever got was to build my career on what I want, not what others want for me. This means acknowledging that while you may not be the best at something, you can still reach your goals if you possess the passion and drive. That also means taking care of yourself. Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are essential to helping manage the stresses of a high-profile position.” Mary Kinney – Executive Vice President and COO of Ginnie Mae

To achieve your dreams, you need a plan, not a wish list. Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to your where you want to be tomorrow.

They are in touch with their habits 

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.” – Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

Look at your habits and routine. Are your choices helping or hindering you? Be intentional and mindful in everything you do. Check out ‘5 Easy Tips To Being Extremely Productive & Clear Minded’ for all the hacks you need to stay in check.

They strive for progress over perfectionism

“As one of the few female executives in the spirits industry, I’ve learned to not worry about making mistakes—everyone makes them! Women are all perfectionists and find it hard to leave certain things in the past, but it’s best to just learn from it and move on!” Jenna Fagnan, President of Tequila Avión.

The two biggest killers of success are waiting for the right time and expecting perfection. The only way to move forward is to move, and the only way to progress is through practice.

Technology is their friend (sometimes)

Harness digital tools and turn off distractions by seeking out apps that can streamline your work processes and avoid distractions at all cost by logging out of social media.

They make self-care a priority

“To be a ‘woman at the top,’ mental and physical health are both crucial to success; I always make sure to give myself a set amount of time a day to do what I feel my body needs, whether that be taking a spin class, meditating alone in my apartment, or treating myself to an extremely healthy meal at one of NYC’s many health-food stores. A woman can only get to and stay at the top of whatever she does if she listens to her body and stays as healthy as she can!” Lyss Stern, Founder of DivaLysscious Moms.

There’s this unhealthy craze that sees hyper-productivity as a direct reflection of success. Nuh-uh, a frazzled mind and body are not impressing anyone girl. Nourish yourself to reach your full capability.

They reach out to mentors

“Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what’s possible.” Maria Castañón Moats, Chief Diversity Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The road to success has many learning curves and knowledge truly is power. There are many inspirational women who have achieved greatness and learned a hell of a lot on their journey. Their lessons could be invaluable in your own journey!

They share and delegate

“I try to be myself—honest about my strengths and weaknesses—and I encourage others to do the same. It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, 10th Most Powerful Woman in the World.

If you caught my article on the power of the 80/20 rule, then you’ll get that it’s not about driving effort tirelessly into your work but applying effort where it is going to generate the most powerful results. Delegate tasks, share your emotions, rely on your teammates, and you’ll be well on your way to working smarter.

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Hannah Gransden

A content writer and travel blogger based in the UK. Obsessed with magazines, Pinterest and chocolate croissants.

  • Natalie Harney

    I think knowing what you want is also key before you start a lot of this, and is definitely the bit I’m really struggling with

    – Natalie

  • Michelle Howard

    Sometimes we just need to be reminded of what is important, and increasingly I am trying to change life to focus looking after me and all that I believe in and want. In doing this, I have noticed a massive difference in my levels of efficiencies and my ability to achieve. So thank you, this article has just reminded me exactly why I need to do this.

  • Elishia

    It took me a while to get to the point of knowing what I want and now, at 28, I’m a few years behind what I want BUT I’m going to work my hardest to break into the NYC theatre scene… I just hope an early career professional is as in demand as graduates!

  • Iris Lillian

    I really struggle with perfectionism!! Speaking of someone who ticks all these boxes – I met the coolest young entrepreneur last week in London who certainly has her sh$% together, although she wasn’t always like that – she told a really inspiring story! She also has kickass style – check it out Iris Lillian

  • Marquise C Brown

    Great post! Awesome advice, thank you for sharing!


  • Augustin Ra

    If we always put in mind the goals we have, there’s nothing that could stop us. Great post, btw. I shared it on my facebook page. Hehe :)

    Augustin Ra • Indie Spirit

  • Zinny

    Great post. We can keep working and tweeking things here and there, until we becone what we want. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenelle Witty

    Yes, these are all true. Once I get into the right routine, I see such huge shifts in progress. As soon as I let myself get caught up though, in distraction, or perfectionism, as you point out, that progress does slow down. Great tips!
    xx Jenelle

  • Allison Kelley

    Love all of these, each point is incredibly important to keep in mind each and every day!
    xo Allison

  • Tenelle Ottley-Matthew

    This post really resonates with me, particularly the points about ‘progress over perfection’ and ‘share and delegate’ as I struggle with those things the most. This has motivated me to use my time wisely every day and not let fear and procrastination stop me from being great!

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