Easy Ways to Get Fit When Your Schedule Is Crazy

 

Easy Ways to Get Fit When Your Schedule Is Crazy

 

You’re a busy woman. Between work, family, and other obligations, finding time to do more than the essentials can be impossible. Slowly but surely, things get cut from your schedule, and oftentimes, taking care of your health is one of the first to go.

 

However, staying healthy is even more important when your schedule is beyond crazy, and no matter how hectic your day is, you can find some time to be active. Need some help finding time on those busy days? Check out these tips.

 

Move More

 

When you just can’t find time to get in a full workout, do your best to move more throughout the day. Use the stairs whenever possible, park on the far end of the parking lot, bike to work, walk around when talking on the phone, do lunges down the hallway — it can be anything, as long as it gets you moving more than usual. Find something you can do at work, at home, or even waiting in line at the store. While not the same as a trip to the gym, spending more time moving will at least keep you up and on your feet throughout the day.

 

Incorporate Technology

 

Involve technology into your daily routine. From Fitbits to fitness apps on your phone, there are a plethora of options available to fit your needs. Fitness technology can help you keep track of your body and everything it does: how much water you drink, how many steps you take, and even what your vital signs are like. Not only is fitness technology extremely popular, 96 percent of health app users believe these apps work to improve their quality of life. Even if it doesn’t work to help you be more active, you can at least begin to play an active role in monitoring your health.

 

Schedule It

 

Schedule time to workout in your calendar and stick to it. Be as consistent as possible and keep your workout appointment the way you would keep plans with a friend. When you toy with the idea of going to the gym after work instead of committing to it wholeheartedly, you’re a lot more likely to skip it altogether. Treat your workout time as a necessary part of your schedule and you’ll be less likely to flake on it. Of course, sometimes things do come up that get in the way of keeping that commitment and that’s perfectly fine; just make sure you’re not looking for an excuse to get out of your fitness plans.

 

Take It on the Road

 

Traveling, whether for business or fun, is a great opportunity to get out of a fitness rut. George Washington University notes that “being on the road often leads to drastic changes in exercise and eating. Although your change in venue can be disrupting to your routine, it’s beneficial to maintain your exercise and dietary habits as much as possible.” However, it is precisely because of that disruption that traveling is the perfect time to squeeze in a few workouts. While you may not be dying to fill your vacation with trips to the gym, take advantage of your new surroundings to get active.

 

Hit the Hay

 

When you’re busy, it’s all too tempting to go to bed later than usual to add a few more hours to your day. But think twice before rearranging your sleep schedule; sleep is part of living a healthy, balanced life and if your schedule is beyond busy, getting enough sleep is more vital than ever before.

On particularly hectic days, sleep may be the only downtime you get. Be sure to prioritize high quality rest, especially if you sleep with a partner. Between your partner’s sleep habits and other disruptions, it can be tricky to ensure a full, good night’s sleep. To protect your health and stay energized throughout your days, don’t make any compromises on your sleep.

 

Focus on Overall Health

 

Even though it’s a large component of a healthy lifestyle, there’s a lot more that goes into staying healthy than working out. Take a more comprehensive view of your health and focus on the other ways you can take care of yourself. Be sure to properly hydrate, get enough sleep, and maintain your mental health. Whether or not you have time to be active during your crazy schedule, you do have time to work on improving your health. If you’re so busy that you truly can’t find time to exercise, you owe it to yourself to ensure that you are taking care of your health in other ways.

 

There is no singular solution to getting fit even when your schedule is jammed. You simply have to try different things and figure out what works best for you. After all, if you aren’t much of a planner, it probably won’t help to schedule workouts in advance. But with a little trial and error and a lot of patience, you’ll be able to fit fitness back into your life.

 

Alex Quayle currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner, cat, and dwarf hamster. She can never say no to coffee, doughnuts, and good conversation. Follow her on Twitter @alexquayle33 for more articles and pictures of her cute, little family.

 

 

How to Get out of a Rut in Your Career

 

How to Get out of a Rut in Your Career

 

No matter how much you like your job initially, there may come a time when you feel uninspired or unhappy with your professional life. You may be bored and unchallenged, or simply be ready to try something new. Whether you’ve hit a small bump in the road or some major road work, feeling stuck at work is not the end of the world (or your career). With a little reflection, planning, and effort, you can get out of this rut and take your career to the next level.

 

Signs of a Rut

 

Some people may simply wake up one morning and realize that they’re in a rut. Others may be stuck for months without realizing it. Signs indicating that you’ve hit a rut include:

 

  • You aren’t excited about things, and not just your work but other parts of your life too. It’s hard to feel inspired or passionate, even about things you enjoy.

 

  • No matter how much you accomplish at work, you don’t feel as if you’re getting much done.

 

  • You dream of a vacation or escaping your current life, but don’t feel motivated or able to actually make any changes.

 

  • You often feel unwell, sick, stressed, or unenergized, both at work and at home.

 

  • You feel like you have no purpose at your job or that you are constantly working toward nothing that matters.

 

In general, having constant negative feelings about your job is a good indicator that you may be stuck. Don’t let this state of life become your new normal. You don’t have to live this way. With some introspection, you can get to the root of and overcome this issue.

 

What’s the Problem?

 

First, identify the problem. Ask yourself a few questions if you are unsure of the source. Why are you feeling this way? What is causing you to feel stuck or unfulfilled? Is it the inability to move up in your current company? Personal problems unrelated to work? Are things at your current position stressful or unfulfilling? Do you still like your job? Are you in the wrong line of work altogether?

 

Consider the permanency of the issue. Will it go away or are you facing a lasting problem? Can you live with it? What can you do to fix it? Is it a simple matter of changing your own behavior or routine or are things beyond your control? Take some time to really reflect about what’s going on, your feelings, and how you think you should handle the situation.

 

Consider Your Options

 

Use that information to figure out what steps you want to take. While the solution may simply be talking to your boss or HR team about your situation, you may want do something more drastic. That could mean applying for a new internal position, looking for a new job elsewhere or changing industries entirely. Consider where your life currently is, where you want to see it go, and what you need to do to get there.

 

Take an extra day to really think about the course of action you want to take, especially if you’re considering a big change. Try to do this on a weekday, not a weekend, so you don’t get caught up with errands or plans. Do your best to stay focused on your future and make a decision about what you want to do.

 

Make a Game Plan

 

Once you’ve made a decision, figure out the steps you need to take to get there to take care of yourself and your future. Depending on what you plan to do, this may be easier said than done. Looking for a different job in the same industry will likely require you to find some new interview clothes and fix up your resume, but you likely have to go back to school if you’re thinking about a new career path. If you have to go back to school, figure out how to obtain financing for your education without relying on outside support. If you have to move to a new city, plan and research where you want to live. If you have to take a lower paying job to gain experience, account for that in your budgets. Remember that you are in control of your destiny!

 

After outlining the steps you need to take, don’t hesitate to go for it! Put your plans in motion. Leaving your current position can be intimidating, but stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to great things for your life and career. It will take time and hard work, but if you are truly committed to making a change, it’s well worth the effort. Not only will getting out of a rut advance your career, it will help you find joy in your daily life once again.

 

Madison Ann Baker is a writer, Netflix-binger, and pop culture enthusiast who lives in Idaho. Literature and linguistics are her two passions, both of which she studied in college. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Borador, Dash, and re-reading Harry Potter. You can follow her on Twitter @mabakerwrites and check out her work on https://mabakerwrites.contently.com/ 

 

 

 

Meditation for the Modern Woman

 

 

We live in a time when distractions and anxieties abound. We’re encouraged to keep our schedules as busy as possible and are sometimes judged for having free time. Women are not immune.

 

In fact, we can sometimes get hit the hardest with these unrealistic expectations of constant productivity and business. The problems that result from this mindset are detrimental to our health; anxiety, negative self-talk, shorter attention spans, and life-threatening health conditions run rampant when we live in a constantly “on” world and never take the time to turn it all off and be alone with ourselves.

 

Meditation can enable us with the tools to turn off when we need a break; it can also help us get to know ourselves better, practice mindfulness, and live in the present moment. Meditation needs to be a priority for the modern woman. We’ll explain how to do that in further detail below.

 

 

The Benefits of Meditation

 

Meditation can lead you to a plethora of physical and mental benefits as well as improved connections within your relationships and with yourself. Some people use it to help them feel more spiritual and some use it to help them deal with anxieties at work. Whatever your goals are, take a look through the benefits of meditation and consider how a regular practice could improve your life.

Your meditation practice is like mindfulness training. Many practitioners say the main benefit of diligently maintaining their meditation practice is the result of mindfulness, or full awareness of the present moment without any judgement.

Marissa Powers and Lindsay Benjamin, both experts in meditation and mindfulness, explained to Concordia University that when we become aware of mindfulness through meditation we can:

  • Become more deeply and fully connected to the present moment
  • Deepen our relationship with other people
  • Improve communication
  • Connect with our work
  • Become a better listener
  • Even change our brain activity, improve heart rate, and reduce overall stress

 

Few people question anymore whether or not meditation is beneficial to your mind and body. We might discuss to what degree or who benefits most, but research proves the benefits of meditation. Dr. Robert Schneider noted research on transcendental meditation that found benefits such as:

  • Reduced blood pressure and insulin resistance
  • Slowing of biological aging
  • 48 percent reduction in rates of heart attacks, stroke, and death in coronary heart disease patients

 

Even though most doctors aren’t prescribing meditation to help treat health issues (yet), the benefits are still clear to see. Sometimes, it’s our own responsibility to take our health into our own hands and try something new. Next, we’ll discuss a few common types of meditation if you’re ready to get started but don’t know how.

 

 

Which Type of Meditation Is Right for You?

 

Over time, various cultures, educators, leaders, and experts have developed many different ways to practice meditation. There is something to suit anyone, no matter your personality or lifestyle. These variations were created because the same practice doesn’t work for everyone.

Cultivating a meditation practice is flexible, so you can create a unique practice that works for you if nothing else seems to fit your needs. There is no “right way” to meditate. But if you’re looking for a more traditional meditation practice to help get you started, here are a few types of meditation to consider:

 

  • Metta meditation, also known as loving-kindness meditation, focuses on cultivating an attitude of love, kindness, and compassion toward everything, even stress.

 

  • Mindfulness meditation aims to maintain your awareness of the present moment by noticing your surroundings without judgement.

 

  • Progressive relaxation, sometimes called body scan meditation, entails scanning your body for areas of tension, notice and release it, working your way through your whole body.

 

  • Breath awareness meditation is all about focusing on your breath; breathing slowly, deeply, and counting your breaths to help you focus and ignore the thoughts invading your mind. This is also a form of mindfulness meditation.

 

  • Zen meditation, sometimes called Zazen, involves specific steps and postures usually guided by a teacher. It is a form of mindfulness meditation that focuses on breath and mindfully observing your thoughts without judgement.

 

  • Transcendental meditation is more focused on the spiritual self than some forms of meditation practices. Practitioners focus on repeating a mantra while sitting still and breathing slowly in order to transcend above your current state of being.

It’s perfectly acceptable to blend different types of meditation until you’ve found your own personal practice. Keep in mind that this list only covers a few types of meditation and each description is a brief overview. There is a lot more out there to discover.

 

It’s perfectly acceptable to blend different types of meditation until you’ve found your own personal practice. Keep in mind that this list only covers a few types of meditation and each description is a brief overview. There is a lot more out there to discover.

 

Making Meditation Work for You

 

As a fellow modern woman, I know it’s difficult to cultivate a regular practice. Here are some quick tips from my research and my personal experience:

  • Use a guided meditation app. My favorite is Stop, Breathe, and Think.
  • You don’t have to sit and meditate. You can actually meditate anywhere while you’re doing anything — just take deep breaths and focus on the present moment.
  • Practice gratitude and take a few minutes to reflect on everything in your life that is good.
  • Unplug from all forms of technology for a set period of time.
  • Schedule your meditation practice like you would any other responsibility.
  • Try using a timer if you’re struggling.

 

In the not too distant future, I think we’ll find that meditation is a normal part of life for everyone, especially the modern woman. As we become more productive and connected than ever before, it will become increasingly important to take time to disconnect from the world and reconnect with ourselves. I hope this article will help you develop a practice that works for you.

 

Alex Quayle currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner, cat, and dwarf hamster. She can never say no to coffee, doughnuts, and good conversation. Follow her on Twitter @alexquayle33 for more articles and pictures of her cute, little family.

 

 

Simple Habits to Improve Your Quality of Life

 

 

They say it takes about 21 days to form a simple habit. A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that depending on the habit, the person, and the circumstances, it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days — 66 on average — to form a new habit.

Even if it takes more work or a longer amount of time to make a behavior automatic, some habits are worth forming. Some habits help you stay safe, others keep you healthy, and some are worth the effort because they improve your quality of life. Everyday stresses and worries can wear you down and take some of the joy out of your daily life. To enhance your well-being and live a more meaningful life, consider adopting some of these habits (if you haven’t already):

 

Pay Your Debts Every Month

 

Money is the top source of stress for 61 percent of Americans, according to the American Psychological Association. Millennials especially face a grim picture with their everyday finances. Record amounts of debt make sticking to a budget, meeting increased costs of living, and saving for the future difficult.

 

While paying for the necessities can take up most or all of a paycheck, be sure to contribute toward paying off all your debts every month. You can split up payments to relieve the burden: pay off your credit card early in the month and make payments on your student loans in the middle or at the end of each month. Consider setting up auto-payments if you have trouble remembering. For example, if you are thinking of getting a car, “it may be best to look into leasing deals, as this will save money as the monthly payments is generally lower than purchasing a car”, said personal leasing company ICL.

 

Even paying just a little bit or the minimum balance can help reduce any large balances. Not only will it improve your finances, regular debt payments will help put your mind at ease and hopefully reduce your stress about money. When you aren’t worried about finances, you can put your energy toward other things and spend more time enjoying your life.

 

Go to Sleep Earlier

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep on a nightly basis. Between work, family, and other obligations, sleep is often the first thing to fall by the wayside. However, on top of being cranky and tired, sleep deprivation can lead to health complications, like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

 

Do your best to develop a healthy sleep schedule to get that full eight hours before you have to wake up the next day. Prepare as much as possible for the next day: pack your lunch, choose your outfit, and get the coffee pot ready. Set an alarm for an hour before bedtime so you can begin getting ready. If you have a tough time calming down and unwinding after a long day, create a pre-sleep routine. Do something that helps you relax, like meditation, yoga, reading, or listen to calming music.

Whatever you choose to do, be consistent! By establishing a steady routine, your body and mind will begin to associate it with sleep, and you’ll be able to drift off with ease. You may feel like you’re taking away precious time from your day, but this is an investment worth making in yourself. If you regularly get better sleep, you’ll likely feel more energized and productive than ever before.

 

Use Your Phone Less

 

A recent study found that Americans look at their phones 80 times per day — about once every 12 minutes. The amount of time that people use mobile devices has been on the rise, which can contribute to health problems like sleep disturbances or deprivation, strained vision, and headaches. Rutgers University also notes that social media use, in particular, can contribute to mental illness by causing or exacerbating feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and depression.

 

Whether or not you’re a social media addict, you can probably cut back on the amount of time you spend using your phone. Using your phone can affect everything from your communication skills to your driving. Nomophobia is the fear of being without a mobile device, and it may still plague you if your phone dies or you leave it behind.

 

Work to become less dependent on your devices and spend your time doing other things. If you have some time to kill while waiting at your doctor’s appointment, flip through a magazine or read a few pages of a book instead of checking your Twitter feed. In group settings, make an effort to leave your phone in your pocket and give your full attention to the other people there. Focusing your energy on things outside of the digital world will help your life feel fuller and freer.


There are many habits you can take on to improve your quality of life, so pick one that will truly make your life better. Try to do something that really speaks to you; if you aren’t passionate about forming a new behavior, it will be even harder to stick to it. Set yourself up for success, take it slow, and you’ll truly bring out your best self.

 

Madison Ann Baker is a writer, Netflix-binger, and pop culture enthusiast who lives in Idaho. Literature and linguistics are her two passions, both of which she studied in college. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Borador, Dash, and re-reading Harry Potter. You can follow her on Twitter @mabakerwrites and check out her work on https://mabakerwrites.contently.com/ 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Master Your Flawless, Feminine Style

 

5 Ways to Master Your Flawless, Feminine Style

 

Today’s fashion is definitely taking a fun and creative turn. Designers are playing with cuts and colors, and boundaries of gender are being challenged and pushed every day. However, between all the androgynous and masculine elements that are flooding the runways, sometimes it’s easy to dismiss the wonderful aspects of dressing like a woman. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy femininity.

 

Looking feminine doesn’t imply you don’t also look perfectly professional, and any woman who wants to embrace traditional marks of her gender can do that. All you need are some staple pieces and some easy tips and tricks to look and feel incredible in and outside the office.

 

Color makes a difference

 

 

Gentle pastels are always a good choice, so go for rose, peach, lavender, or minty green shades. Pair them with white garments and simple jewelry. Pearls are a particularly great idea because they represent a certain timeless elegance and they’re perfectly appropriate for the office.

 

 

With that in mind, know that you’re not limited to just soft shades. Red, for example, is a classic, gorgeous color that’s just as feminine. It represents power and sex appeal, and while it can be quite daring, you can easily keep it subtle by pairing it with a grey suit. Off-white shades, dove grey, burgundy, terracotta, turquoise, royal blue, and powder rose are just some of the examples of great colors that you can use in your palette.

 

 

Dress for success

 

 

It’s really a straightforward, easy way to look feminine – just wear a dress. Now, a lot of ladies are afraid of skirts and dresses for various reasons. Maybe they don’t like to show off their legs, or maybe they’re just not used to wearing such garments, but trust us, there’s a dress out there for every body shape and preference.

 

 

Wrap dresses are particularly easy to pull off because of their fit-and-flare silhouette. This particular style will enhance your waist, creating an hourglass shape, and it looks good on pretty much anyone. You can also opt for a simple yet chic pencil skirt and button-down blouse combos. A well-fitted blazer completes the look. Seriously, a suit jacket will make any outfit polished and professional.

 

 

Statement outerwear

 

 

Outwear is an essential part of anyone’s wardrobe simply because it’s usually a garment we wear more often than anything else. You can easily find plenty of gorgeous women’s jackets around, so pick the kind that you think will match your general style. There’s absolutely nothing quite as sleek as a good coat, but you can also pick a white denim jacket for the warmer weather, or even a short-sleeved kimono just to throw over your outfit. Invest in something that makes you feel nice, and then you’ll be happy to wear it every day.

 

 

 

 

 

Delicate materials and accessories

 

 

Details matter. Let’s say you’re wearing a black pantsuit, for example. A slightly masculine garment on its own, and nothing all that spectacular about it. However, imagine a silk camisole underneath that suit jacket, or delicate lace detailing along the hemlines and sleeves. Perhaps you’ve got a pretty hair comb to pin your hair, or maybe you’ve got a beautiful statement bag hanging on your arm.

 

 

Details such as these make all the difference in the world, and you want to pay special attention to the kind of shoes you pick. Heels? Always feminine. Simple black pumps will get you through anything, but so will a trendy pair of mules, or ballet flats.

 

 

Soft makeup

 

 

Makeup is an important part of any woman’s style, and the best way to get that moment where you’re really feeling all pretty and feminine is to make sure your face is flawless. Use a good foundation that will give you a nice dewy look, for example, Too Faced’s Born This Way. Alternatively, if your face tends to get oily throughout the day, pick their Peach Perfect foundation because it’s one of the best ones you can choose for a more matte, transfer-proof look). Once you have a good base, the rest is easy. Just keep your eye makeup soft and gentle, and use a good blush (Milani’s Luminoso is a nice choice).

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end, femininity is what you make of it. If you feel good in what you’re wearing then that is the essence of lady-like grace. So whether you’re in a boxy pantsuit or a frilly skirt, embrace who you are and enjoy it.

 

 

 

Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about beauty- and fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Whytt Magazine and Carousel.

You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

 

 

 

Seven Ways to Become a Better Leader

 

7 Ways to Become a Better Leader

 

Being a great leader is a main professional goal that seems desirable and attainable to the vast majority of women nowadays. For example, according to Women’s Leadership study published by KPMG, 64 percent of women aspire to be a top-level leader in an organization in the future, and more than 50 percent want to be a board member.

 

Despite having a strong desire to lead, many women are hesitant about taking a leadership role: the same women who aspire to lead also reported they have difficulties envisioning themselves in a leadership position in the future. In fact, 59 percent (six in 10 women!) said it was hard for them to even see themselves as a leader.

 

If you’re having the same doubts, you should definitely check out at how you can become a more effective and confident leader yourself.

 

Get the Training You Need

 

While there are natural born leaders, according to Behavioral theories, most leaders today are developed through extensive leadership training.

 

When asked about what training they needed to move to leadership roles, the participants of the aforementioned Women’s Leadership study said they needed:

 

  • Leadership training (57 percent)
  • Decision making training (48 percent)
  • Networking (47 percent)
  • Critical thinking (46 percent)

 

There are many opportunities to gain leadership skills such as online courses, so use them to improve your chance of moving into a leadership role when you’re ready.

 

For example, you can start by exploring free leadership courses on Coursera.

 

Develop Listening Skills

 

Successful women leaders know how to listen. Jessanne Collins, editor-in-chief of Mental Floss Magazine, had this to say about the importance of this skill:

 

Leadership is mostly about listening. You can’t create a team that thrives if you can’t respond to what each member needs.”

 

According to Collins, the best leaders are great communicators because they obtain maximum information they need to do their job effectively. For example, by listening to every member of the team, a leader can develop a proper understanding of their colleague’s personalities and respond to them in a way that improves communication and, therefore, teamwork.

 

One great way to get more participation from your team and develop listening skills at the same time is to introduce a weekly meeting,” says Dwight Johnson, a leadership coach from Assignment Helper. “It would serve as a place to brainstorm, strengthen team mentality, improve teamwork, and, of course, improve listening skills.”

 

Forget about Your Ego

 

True women leaders know how important it is to leave their egos at the door and focus on what gets the job done. Even if this means doing tasks that are “beneath” them. You see, being a leader doesn’t mean that you’re above all others, so you don’t do things like making coffee for your team or helping them to do paperwork.

 

In fact, it’s quite the opposite: as a leader, you must pay attention to the unique talents of each person and make better use of them by taking some work off their plate. Ultimately, you’ll see that your team has more respect for you because you’re willing to get your hands dirty and make them feel appreciated and valued.

 

Pursue Your Ambition

 

According to Washington Post, roughly the same ratio of female and male executives have the desire to reach a top management position. Moreover, 83 percent of women reported having a strong desire to advance to the next level of their organizations.

 

So, it’s completely okay to be comfortable while displaying emotional and behavioral characteristics of ambition. Remember: there are lots of women pursuing their ambitions and reaching top positions, why not be one of them? A good start would be to enroll to effective leadership and executive training that’ll change the way you think about ambition.

 

Learn How to Manage Your Emotions

 

The way you react to situations will have a profound impact on the perception others have of you. For example, if a leader freaks out after hearing that their company lost a big client, it can create a distance between them and their followers. So, to make sure that the perception is positive, you must learn the skills of flexibly enduring the ups and downs of your professional life.

 

Women process negative emotions quite differently than men, and “are more likely to develop major depression, anxiety disorder, and PTSD, all of which are related to emotional dysregulation,” says Dr. Annette Milnik of the University of Basel while describing the results of one of her recent studies on emotions.

 

For you, this means that you may be at increased risk of developing these unwanted outcomes if you face significant stress but fail to develop emotional intelligence, i.e., the ability to keep that kind of emotion in check.

 

This means learning:

  • Not to be discouraged if a negative situation doesn’t change overnight
  • How to keep emotions in check
  • How to cope with negativity

 

Remember: like all forms of self-improvement, learning how to be a great leader is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

Keep Your Promises

 

If a leader makes promises she can’t keep, her credibility will suffer big-time. That’s why you should learn how to always keep your promises to other people, even if it’s downright painful for you. To develop this habit and maintain your credibility as a leader, begin early and practice keeping promises with anyone you can, including family members and friends.

 

Master Your Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills

 

If you master these immensely important qualities, they will improve the quality of your leadership.

When you effectively utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills you:

  • Avoid quick judgements
  • Rely on reason rather than emotion
  • Consider evidence before making a decision
  • Are willing to question assumptions
  • Able to disregard personal bias and prejudice

 

Once again, online courses can be a huge help to learn these skills. Check out what popular online educational platforms Coursera, Udemy, and Future Learn have for you.

 

Dress Appropriately

 

Last but not least, the dress code. Forget about the old “dress to impress” nonsense because it’s time to dress to influence others. This means ensuring that your appearance is consistent with your professional and personal brand.

Here are leader style tips to follow:

  • Use makeup strategically. There are studies that found that makeup sends a strong message about credibility to both women and men. For example, it is recommended to avoid dramatic looks such as smokey eyes and false eyelashes and instead go for more neutral looks.
  • Think about color. “All shades of red, preferably a blue-red, and black convey leadership and power,” says women’s image consultant and wardrobe stylist Michele Oppenheimer.

 

Quality over quantity. Consider investing in quality clothes that will serve you for years to come. Only quality clothing has perfect tailoring and exquisite fabric that is always fashionable.

 

Over to You

 

Successful women leaders have these skills, and you can also develop them. Let the tips above be useful to you to empower yourself to seize a great leadership position!

 


 

Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. Also Lucy has her own blog Prowritingpartner.com where you can check her last publications. If you’re interested in working with Lucy , you can find her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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