Happy New Year everyone! We have a brand new year to make our dreams come true! I wanted to share a few things I learned on my entrepreneurial journey in 2015.
1. Leave the excuses in 2015
I know many ambitious and talented women with great ideas that consistently tell me why they can't start a business. I hear, "It has to be perfect"."I have a full time job". "I don't have the money".
I am here to tell you starting a business is never going to be perfect. I am still making mistakes everyday. I have learned to just own them, learn from them, and move on. The full time job excuse I understand because you've spent 8 hours working for someone else then you have to come home and work on your business. It's exhausting but I am a firm believer that you can work on your business and work full time. I have done it the past two years. It's about setting goals and a schedule for yourself. Why spend all of your time working to make someone else's dream a reality?
2. Get Organized
Organization is the key to doing anything in life successfully. That is something I am working on daily. I have found three things to be useful on my journey to being more organized:
A planner: I write everything down. I'm not just talking meetings and dentist appointments. My entire day is written down, even my 30 minutes of Instagram and Facebook scrolling. Blocking each hour of your day will keep your productivity and energy streamlined.
A To- Do List: I make my list for each day before I go to bed. Make your list when you're relaxed and in the moment so that you don't forget things. Also, check it in the morning to make sure you haven't forgotten anything for that day. Seeing things checked off in real time will make you feel accomplished.
A Great Wallet/Bag: We all know the feeling of digging in the bottom of our bag for our keys or debit card. I have been that person for MANY years! It just had to stop. I got an amazing Kate Spade bag and wallet for Christmas thanks to my mom. It has been such a game changer for me. I now make sure my cards, receipts, and cash are organized in my wallet. I also make sure I can see the bottom of my bag. The great thing about these changes is that I am spending less time looking for things and I am able to get out of the house about 10 minutes earlier. I get my bag ready the night before and lay my keys on top of my bag. No more scrambling in the am!
3. Get More Beauty Sleep
Getting enough sleep is key to any girl bosses success. When you feel your best you can do great work. Put yourself on a sleep schedule. If you're like me, every moment of your day is accounted for- so it may feel like a challenge to go to bed at a set time. Just set a time you think might work for you. You can always adjust it, but it helps to make the commitment. My time is between 10-11pm. When 9:30 hits, I start wrapping up my day. If I get in the bed a little later, I don't beat myself up. I just adjust the next day.
4. Rise, Shine, and STOP Hitting Snooze
We've all been there. Your alarm clock goes off and you hit snooze. Five more minutes, please?! You look at your clock and realize you've overslept! Now you're literally up and running getting ready for your day. By the time you get to work, you feel like you've run a marathon. Let's be honest, who wants to start everyday rushed? No one. I was that person up until October of last year. I knew I had to commit to waking up earlier. For the first week and a half it was a struggle but I eventually stopped hitting the snooze button. I wake up between 5:45-6:00 every morning, excluding weekends (even #girlbosses sleep in sometimes). Most times, I don't have to be anyplace until about 9. Having time to wake up, have breakfast, and look at the plans for my day has made all of the difference in how I feel throughout the day.
5. Stop Scrolling
Social media can be such a huge time suck! It's 10:30, you don't feel like getting ready for bed so you grab your phone, hit the Facebook app, and the next thing you know it's midnight. Stop wasting your precious time. Those dog videos and your friends new engagement photos will be there. I know it sounds crazy, but schedule 30 minutes a day to scroll. After that 30 minutes is up it is time to move on.
6. Read More
One of the biggest things that has helped me grow as an entrepreneur is reading. I had no experience running a business when I started Mae B, but I was not going to let that stop me. Entrepreneur.com and FastCompany.com have been my mentors. They have taught me so much about how to run a business and also how to grow our brand authentically. Every morning, the first thing I do is read articles for 30 minutes while I have my morning coffee. Reading the articles not only helps get my brain going in the morning but it helps keep me inspired. I love reading articles by entrepreneurs that share experiences similar to mine. They let me know being a successful girl boss is possible.
7. Be Kind to Yourself
I know, it sounds sappy but I am serious. Less beating yourself up and more enjoying YOUR process, K! I say this all of the time, we live in a world where instant gratification is king. Likes are not a measure of success. Let those that support you be your measure of success this year. One of my good friends always reminds me that when I am feeling resistance that is just the universe telling me I am on the right path. She's right. I have learned to find the blessing in everything that happens to me on my journey. Setbacks and disappointments are inevitable in business, but don't let them get the better of you.