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Behind every successful woman, there are a handful of habits she has acquired that help her keep it all together. These are habits that can secure your success in both academics and the work force. Here are six habits to adopt to help you live a more fulfilling life.

1) Wake up early

Skipping the snooze button and jumping right into your morning is probably not what you deem “simple.” However, getting a head start on your day is a valuable asset to leading a successful life. A recent Forbes report examined several benefits of being an early riser, including becoming more proactive and optimistic, improving your grades, and becoming a better planner. In order to be successful, it is imperative to be proactive. Often times, if you want something done, you have to initiate it yourself. Additionally, being a self-starter will not only cause more productivity, but can lead others to gain respect for you and your work ethic. Who knew not hitting the snooze button could lead to so many benefits?

2) Dress to impress

It can be easy to want to throw on your comfiest outfit and call it a day, especially in college. However, dressing more professional will increase your confidence in a variety of situations. Wearing a power outfit to class might make you more willing to speak up and add your contributions.  This could leave a lasting impression on your professor and classmates. In the workplace, dressing nicer can improve productivity and the respect others in your office have for you.

3) Eat healthier

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” This statement remains true when talking about your ability to succeed. When you eat cleaner, you both physically and mentally feel better. Dr. Jessica Wu, dermatologist and creator of Dr. Wu skin care, told Forbes one of the pieces of advice she gives to her patients is that, “what they put in their mouths is as important as the products they apply on their skin.” Having cleaner skin and being in better shape is not only healthy, but can improve your confidence. Having more confidence makes you more willing to put yourself out there, make connections, and land that job interview.

4) Stop procrastinating

When you stop pushing tasks to the side, you acquire free time to do relaxing activities. Relaxation is essential to success as stress can decrease productivity. A study conducted by StressPulse shows that employees who had stress factors at work experienced “lost productivity” and were found to be “less effective.” When you decrease your workload, you have less to be stressed about, meaning a more productive and successful life. Additionally, decreasing your workload allows you more time to do aforementioned relaxing activities. Make life a bit easier for yourself and stop procrastinating.

5) Practice mindful activities

Whether it be prayer, yoga, or meditation, finding a mindful and calming activity is a key aspect to living a balanced and successful life. It is important to work hard, but it is equally important to take care of yourself and ensure you are able to work hard.

6) Network

Connections with those in your prospective field of work are extremely important to building a fulfilling career. When meeting with those who know your area of work well, it is imperative to leave a lasting and respectful impression. Doing this ensures that the person you are connecting with will be willing to not only help you out in the present moment, but in the future as well.

Should you want to be a successful woman, it is imperative to not only polish your resume and add to your list of accomplishments, but that you lead a balanced and healthy life. All of the habits mentioned above can lead or add to this sort of lifestyle and ultimately, success.

Alana B
FFL Contributor
Alana is an undergraduate student at Washington State University studying communications. She aspires to work in either journalism or communications and aims to empower young women to feel confident in sharing their political views. Her favorite things include Jesus, capitalism, politics, yoga, and traveling.

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