10 tips to start a successful week (plus one extra tip)

1. Everything starts the week before

In order to start a successful week, you have to end the previous one in a successful way. Try to keep your email inbox empty. Answer all the emails that need to be answered before you leave your office on Friday afternoon (or if you work from home, before you shut down the computer and enjoy the weekend!). Clear up your desk and office space and prepare for a great start on Monday morning. Don’t wait for the new week to start to plan it. Instead, take half an hour before you shut the office and plan your goals, targets and meetings for the week ahead.

2. Sunday Funday

sunday funday

Have fun, enjoy your weekend. That’s what Sundays are for. Spend your time with friends and family and do the things you enjoy most. Go for a bicycle tour with your kids, meet up your friends for a girls’ spa afternoon, go shopping with your mother, and dance the night away with your husband…  And when the weekend comes to an end: do something relaxing, have a good night sleep and remember: You run your own business. You get to do what you always wanted to do. So, don’t complain about #mondayblues. Instead, celebrate the beauty of a new week ahead of you and THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY!

3. Manage your household like your company

Let’s be realistic: As a female CEO you not only run your own business –you run a household, too. Husband, children, in-laws… Hopefully, they are all very proud of your business success but I am sure they (and you too) often fall back into traditional gender roles and think women are the ones who should take care of cleaning, cooking, etc. But I tell you a secret: You can’t do it all alone and you shouldn’t. Just like in your company, you shouldn’t be doing all the ground work yourself, learn how to outsource your household tasks. Order groceries online, employ a maid to keep the house clean and tidy, prepare a meal plan to ensure healthy and happy eating habits for your family, etc. I suggest you write down all chores –however big or small – and discuss with all your family members (kids, parents, grandparents) who can take care of what and what needs to be outsourced. Do invest in keeping a maid or cook if that frees time for you to spend with your family after a busy day at work.

4. Your home represents your inner self

Ever heard of the saying that a cluttered house means a cluttered mind? Though I think creative chaos can help you succeed in life and business, you should keep your house clutter-free and organized.

Like Kahlil Gibran said “Your house is your larger body”, I truly believe that there is a connection between how you feel and how it looks around you. Follow these simple but effective house rules to have a clean and beautiful house: 1. Have a home for everything you own. 2. If it takes less than one minute, do it right away. 3. No dirty dishes in the sink before you go to bed.

I promise you, your home will look much more organized and cleaner and you will feel inspired and confident to take on the world.

5. Exercise: First thing in the morning

We all know it: Physical activity is important for our bodies, minds and souls. Regular exercise increases our focus, decreases stress, makes us feel happier and more relaxed, boosts our energy and helps us sleep better at night. At still, this is one of the things during the day that we always postpone. In the mornings, we rush to work; during the day there is no time to even think about exercising; and at night, we are exhausted and want to spend that little time we have with our loved ones. Well, keep your alarm 15 minutes earlier, jump out of bed, turn on some music and get your body moving. There are endless fitness videos on youtube that you can follow or if you want to start your day calmer –try yoga. I usually hit the gym at 6 o’clock in the morning. Whatever it is for you: Get your daily exercise done first thing in the morning before you get busy in the daily routine and disaster management of a startup CEO.

6. Meditate before you leave the house.

meditation

Take a couple of minutes to ground yourself. This will help you to stay focused and be a strong business woman however stressful and crazy the day may be(come).

There are many different methods and ways in which you can meditate. The important point is that you focus: focus on yourself, on the moment, your opportunities. Visualize yourself as a happy and successful businesswoman who gets stuff done.

7. The holy hour in office

Reach office an extra hour early on Monday mornings and get some of the big and strategic things done before people arrive with their #mondayblues. You are the CEO of this company, you love what you do. Always remember: YOU love Monday mornings! Try to nurture the same feeling in your employees. Make it fun for them to come to office after a weekend of joy and happiness with friends and family. Turn on some music and dance the Mondayblues away –then kick ass and get awesome work done.

8. #iHeartToDoLists

to do list

I am a big fan of writing to-do lists. I need to get everything out of my mind and put it on old-fashion paper before I start my work. And yes, to-do lists can be dangerous when the act of writing things down and crossing them off becomes more important than actually getting stuff done. So make sure you take limited time (maximum 30 minutes) to prepare yourself with a powerful WEEKLY to-do list and then get started.

I suggest keeping only one MOST IMPORTANT TASK for each day and two SECONDARY TASKS OF IMPORTANCE. Everything else is “nice-to-get-done-today” but not essential to feel productive and accomplished.

9. Kiss the Frog

Most people call it ‘eat the frog’ and with that they mean to do your most difficult (which is usually your most important) task first. I call it Kiss the Frog because I believe in the beauty of life: and who knows –your frog may turn into a prince.

kiss the frog

We all know the syndrome of getting 20 things done in a day –but not that one thing we are supposed to do since ages. I promise you if you stop thinking of an old, ugly and stinky toad but instead just kiss that frog, you will feel amazing. This will give you a great sense of accomplishment and boosts your confidence that everything is possible.

10. Reward yourself

Make sure you reward yourself after completing your priorities for the day to keep your motivation levels high: movie’s night with your family on Tuesday, girls’ lunch on Wednesday, beauty parlour on Thursday, etc.

11. Love what you do and Do what you love!

Always remember: This is your life and it is too short to live someone else’s dreams. The only way to be successful is to do what you love.

How to Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever (Less Than 180 Days Left)

Can you believe it? It’s already July. Half the year is gone. Already?!?! Well, New Year’s Eve seems just a couple of weeks back but now we are in the second half of 2015 and time is running…

If you are like most people, you set yourself goals for this year. Sometime in December last year, you would have been thinking of what you want to change or improve. And then came up with a few (or a many) resolutions for 2015.

I still remember how I went for a morning run with my husband at Juhu beach on 01 January. Oh yeah –you read it right: I woke up at 5am and was exercising on the beach while watching the stunning sunrise.

 

Achieve your goals in 2015
My husband and I on the First Day of 2015 creating new positive habits.

Two of my goals for 2015 were to wake up early and to exercise daily.

But of course, I had a ton of other intentions and resolutions for this year:

  • Building and growing my email list
  • Publishing the Entrepreneuress.in e-magazine (starting in the 1st quarter of 2015)
  • Interviewing some of the most inspiring and famous female entrepreneurs in India
  • Travelling the world and discovering more of India’s beauty
  • Spend more quality time with my friends and family
  • Invite my business network to regular dinner parties to my home
  • Meditating daily
  • Creating a powerful morning routine
  • Writing a journal

You see, my list of goals is long. My list of achievements –well, I still half a year to go, right? 🙂

To make sure that you and I stay on track with our goals to make 2015 our best year ever, I want to share some of the greatest advice on goal setting and achieving that my mentor shared with me recently.

Think S.M.A.R.T.

It is so important to create the right kind of goals. So make sure you take time to think of what you really want to achieve. The best way to achieve your goals is to create S.M.A.R.T. goals!

Specific: What specifically do you want to do? (Think: What, when, where, how?)

Measurable: How will you know when you have reached your goal? (Think: Numbers!)

Achievable: What steps are you taking to achieve your goal? (Think: Milestones)

Relevant: What makes this goal important to you? (Think: Why?)

Timely: When exactly do you want to accomplish this goal? (Think: Due Dates)

 

Visualize it

Write it down. Create a vision board and keep it somewhere you can see it every day! This way you’ll get reminded of it whenever you slip off track. If your goal is to become profitable with your business –keep a picture of what you will do with that hard earned money: a dress, a car, travel, etc.

Break it down

One big goal can be overwhelming. Break it down into small little pieces that you can achieve on a daily or weekly basis. This way, it will be much easier for you to get started. And once you see the first results, you will gain confidence to achieve the big goal!

Make it public

Whether you tell your husband, mother, a close friend or the whole Facebook community: Research shows that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you share them. Telling a friend or your partner about your goals makes you accountable. Next time you meet your friend, she will ask you about the progress or your husband reminds you of your goal when you are weak and wanting to give up.

Schedule your goals

Even if it is a goal as small as exercising daily –put it in your calendar! I cannot stress this point enough –you are a busy business woman with meetings and deadlines every day. You need to make time to achieve your goals –and the best way is to schedule the time for it as you would an important meeting.

Celebrate your success

It is very important to celebrate the small and big achievements in your life! Make sure you recognize even small steps in the right direction and remember to reward yourself for your achievements. Succeed and celebrate!

Try and fail. And try again.

And last but not least: Don’t give up because you couldn’t achieve your goal. Maybe time was too little, maybe your goal was too huge. Whatever it is: try again!

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