In today's fast paced world, a little structure can go a long way - as the saying goes work smarter not harder in order to live not only a productive life but a well balanced one too.
We asked four (very) driven women on the habits they’ve created to make their lives run like a well oiled machine.
Melissa Mason, Digital Editor Marie Claire & ELLE
“I decided in 2021 I would build a capsule work wardrobe, and stick to it. I found myself spending a lot of stressed-out time each morning pulling an outfit together that was both comfortable and work-appropriate, but now I have around six outfits using the same pieces (white tee, black pants, shift dress etc) that I just rotate. It’s made my morning so smooth, but it’s also meant I feel confident and comfortable at work, which helps me focus on tasks at hand and means I can walk into everything from an internal meeting to a work event and feel pulled together.I’ve also committed to wearing a slick bun most days and that cut down my morning even further (and bonus, it’s been super weather-proof during a very humid summer).”
“I like to wake up at 5:30am so I can have half an hour to an hour with the house to myself. I use that time for my meditation and, on a disciplined day, some journaling and yoga; on a not so disciplined day it’s just sitting at the kitchen bench having a cup of tea and watching the sky lighten. During that time I don’t look at emails or listen to the news or let any other external elements into the day.”
Olivia Moon, Creative Director & Founder of Nodi Rugs
“I calendar block all my time and have running TO-DO lists for both professional and personal which don’t come off the list until they’re complete. I do a weekly supermarket shop online at the start of the week to ensure we have what we need, then a mid week top-up. At the end of each day I go through and clear my inbox and flag anything that I haven't managed to get to or that's non urgent. When I’m juicing I prep and cut all the produce for a few days so I can quickly put it through the cold press juicer without the admin of chopping.”
"My top habit that contributes to an organised life is prioritising things that make feel good and for me that is moving my body. I schedule in my workouts for the week ahead, plan them out and put time aside in my diary/calendar to complete them."
"To contribute to an organised life, each week alongside my business to do lists I also write a personal list. This contains simple goals to remind myself to be the best version of myself. For example this weeks reminders are: drink 2 L of water per day, journal everyday, set an alarm for an ideal bedtime."
"To help contribute to an organised life and be as productive as I can. When I sit down to do work I write a to-do list and number them, 1 being most important. I make sure I complete the top 1-3 most important tasks."
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