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The state or quality of producing something is how we define productivity. Sounds simple, right?
Being an entrepreneur usually means you’re obsessed with your job (you kind of have to be). Non-stop work becomes the norm, you’re building something of your own — and that’s rewarding. It’s so easy to dive (deep) into your work and lose track of time when you’re doing something that you love. It’s also easy to lose balance and forget that there’s a world out there aside from your company. Many female entrepreneurs that I meet feel the same way. Having productivity habits helps them decompress, clear their head, and increase efficiency.
My go-to productivity habit is scheduling my tasks in my calendar. When my calendar alerts me, I start, and I have a specific amount of time to complete the task. I work well under pressure (can you tell?). Starting and finishing on time does not always happen. But, it keeps me on schedule for the day.
Read on for 15 more weekly productivity habits from your fellow BossBabe’s
1- Veronica Horner, Founder of Maia Moda
“I recently discovered the Pomodoro method of working and it’s a game changer. I put a timer on and work engaged for 25 minutes, that means no emails, no Instagram, Facebook, and no distractions. After 25 minutes I’ll take a 5-minute break and then start again. The first couple of times, it amazed me, how often I wanted to look at my phone etc, it showed how much time I was wasting.”
2- Meg Wheeler, Founder of One For Women
“I have a lot of productivity habits but my absolute go-to is to only focus on one big task per day. Every Sunday, I look at what’s coming up and what’s outstanding on my list and I assign one task only to each work day. Then, when I go into that work day, that’s the ONLY task I focus on. I turn off my email, I shut down my to-do list, and I work through that one task. I am the most productive first thing in the morning, so that’s when I schedule that task and get it done. By focusing on only one task per day I am less overwhelmed by everything else on my to-do list. When I turn to my to-do list later in the day — I’m less overwhelmed. I already feel so accomplished and productive.”
3- Rachna Govani, Founder of Foodstand
“Start and end the day with a huge glass of water (I drink plenty of water throughout the day as well). Proper hydration is key to productivity, energy, and mental clarity. It also helps curb cravings for unnecessary junk food. Oftentimes when you feel sluggish, you’re actually dehydrated. Grabbing a coffee or energy drink will not help, but water will. And it’s free!”
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4- Lauren Foundos, Founder of FORTË
“My secret productivity habit is when I begin to feel tired or unfocused to workout. Sometimes that can mean grabbing my jump rope and doing that for ten minutes right next to my laptop. On other days, I go for a run, hit my favorite boutique fitness studio, or do a streaming a workout on FORTË at my apartment. After a workout, I feel re-energized. Whatever stress may have been plaguing me feels much more manageable and I am ready to attack the day. Working out works like a charm!”
Getting organized is not the only productivity habit to aim for.
Stepping away from work for an hour can help you regain your focus, too.
5- Lisa Nicole Rosado, Founder We Are Women Owned
“As entrepreneurs, it can be challenging to make sure that we’re staying on track of all the projects we have. While also maintaining consistency and meeting deadlines!
One productivity habit I swear by is picking a word each week that helps describe your area of focus for the week. And what you want to achieve by the end of the week. Write it down — somewhere visible — as a constant reminder to stay on track. As the week progresses, do what you can, when you can to manifest this word into existence!
6- Stacie Sussman, Founder of SSR Digital Group
“Block out time on your calendar to tackle your work. Make your colleagues, team, and clients aware that you are busy on certain days and times. Let them know you cannot get interrupted. By blocking off this time you let yourself dive deep into your work. You will have the mental clarity to dig deeper into your thought process. See the task at hand with mental clarity, and forge ahead.”
7- Natalie Jacob, Founder of Etymology Jewelry
“I keep an active calendar of stockist and store clients that I work with. This calendar has tasks in relation to each shop. It also allows me to take notes to add important information about each store owner I’ve talked to. I check it and update it every week to stay on top of my workflow. It helps me manage what I need to do for my handmade jewelry business. This productivity habit keeps me organized. I’m more of a creative type and a linear workflow does not always come naturally to me.”
8- Stacie Brockman, Founder of Métier Creative
“Tuesday at 7:30 PM Flywheel (taught by Holly Rilinger) and personal training with Holly one-on-one. Holly changed my approach to fitness and wellness by making it seem more an extension of me and my lifestyle. It’s an appreciation of seeing it as something that is an outlet to recharge and refresh. I look forward to the part of my day when I can disconnect for an hour or so and focus on myself.”
9- Meha Agrawal, Founder of Silk + Sonder
“Inspired by the book, The One Thing, I choose ONE goal that answers the question:
‘What is the one thing I can do this week such that by doing it, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?’
I pair it with a weekly intention (in my Silk + Sonder).
By attaching a ‘feeling’ or ’emotion’ to that one goal, it attaches a more positive and confident connotation to it. The goal feels less intimidating.”
10- Jal Dhanani-Wade, Founder of The Benchmark Collection
“Writing lists! I write lists every day so that I don’t waste time stressing about the feeling that I have to get work done. I realized a few years ago that if I know exactly what I have to get done on a given day or week, I am less likely to procrastinate productivity. Writing lists of what pieces I need to make, where I need to go for errands, and what my gym sessions are, is a productivity habit that helps me schedule my day. I can feel accomplished by the end of it.”
11- Sarah Larson Levey, Founder of Y7 Studio
“I recently started going to cryotherapy once a week and I love it! I go to Quick Cryo in Tribeca. It’s amazing and I feel lighter and more clear-headed after I go.”
12- Romy Raad, Co-Founder of Metabrew
“As the chief maven for sales, marketing, and distribution at Metabrew, I am constantly pitching to people over the phone, by email, or in person. Things can get overwhelming. I always make sure to have at least one day per week where I work from home, organize my thoughts and plans, and cook a homemade meal to relax. Cooking is my meditative hobby that reminds me of the simplicity of life and the happiness that food brings me.”
Productivity habits don’t only have to be work-related.
Enjoying hobbies and finding ways to relax and recharge can help you go back to work refreshed and ready to tackle your next task.
13- Taran Ghatrora, Founder of Blume
“Every week, I do a quick digital detox. We all clean up our homes and workspaces. But, I realized my phone and laptop (screenshots, notes, etc.) were also getting cluttered, and it became overwhelming. So, I take 20 minutes at the end of each week to delete files and organize my phone and computer. It helps me go into the next week with a fresh start!”
14- Polly Rodriguez, Founder of Unbound
“At Unbound, we kick the day off with a Pep Rally. Our daily meeting where each person shares the top things they’re working on and if they need help. Each team member also shares a great thing that happened to them recently. It’s a great check-in point to recap our high’s and our low’s, and remind everyone that they have the team’s support.”
15- Kimmy Kellum, Founder of East River Pilates
“Taking a bath. Yes, even in the Summertime — when it’s hot and humid, it’s more like a cool shallow pool — with a glass of my favorite wine. Not only am I clean and refreshed when I get out, but I often strike some good ideas while I’m sitting back relaxing. It’s also usually my only chance to shave my legs and take care of my pedicure needs. When busy weeks hit, I don’t always get the opportunity to practice this habit, but when I do, it makes me feel amazing.”
Moving Forward With Productivity Habits
I hope you feel inspired by these female entrepreneurs — to apply these productivity habits to your daily routine or come up with a few of your own.
Already have your own productivity habits? Tell us what they are below!