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As a boss babe, we’ve got a lot of dreams and a lot of goals to accomplish. We are constantly learning, constantly growing, and constantly evolving. We’ve got our systems organized and we’ve got our to-do list filled out.

So why isn’t our list getting shorter? The main reason: we keep delaying it. We get distracted easily or we let ourselves get distracted. We have to ask ourselves, why are we procrastinating? What are we procrastinating about? 

There are different reasons. We could be procrastinating because:

  1. We’ve got chores
  2. We had an emergency
  3. We have an unexpected call come in
  4. We’re sleepy
  5. We’re just not feeling it

There are more reasons why we tend to delay completing our to-do list but they always have the same outcome, the work doesn’t get done.  

How can we fight that? How can we stop procrastinating and start being productive?

  • Sleep 7-8 hours

Sleep a full seven to eight hours every night. Sleep is necessary to reach our mind’s full potential throughout the day. When we sleep, it gives our bodies a chance to recover, recharge, and conserve our energy. When we don’t get our sleep continuously, we are not giving our bodies a chance to repair itself. When we lack in sleep, we have bigger chances of getting sick, make it difficult to concentrate, and even putting on extra weight. 

Sleeping an average of seven to eight hours will help our bodies do its work without interruptions. 

  • Goal Settings

Besides having a to-do list every day, it’s even better to set goals for the week or for the day. What is the top priority of the day? What needs to be accomplished no matter what?

  • Prioritize 3-5 goals for the day

More than setting top priorities for the day, it’s best to only set a few goals per day, around three to five. Avoid setting more than five goals per day because you need to anticipate interruptions throughout the day. And there will be constant interruptions, either by you or by someone else. 

  • Start with small task first 

Sometimes it’s good to start with the small tasks first so you finish fast. It can feel really good to check off a task from the to-do list, even if it’s a small one. It can make you pumped to start and finish the next one. At least, even if you don’t get to finish the big task, you still checked off a lot of tasks from your list. 

  • Give yourself 5 minutes to meditate with no interruptions

Deep Focus Windows are great for productivity. This is a block of time during your day when you cannot be disturbed. It’s usually just for an hour but it’s one focused hour. No interruptions. If you work in an office, you need to tell your colleagues you’ll get back to them after an hour. You can set an auto response to your emails that you’ll get back to them after an hour. No meetings, no phone calls. 

If you have an office with a door that locks, you can lock your door with a sign outside that says No Disturbing. You can unhook your phone. If you work at home, turn off all notifications, put your mobile on airplane mode, and lock the door if you have a home office. 

If you have kids though, try to hire a babysitter or nanny or your sister to take care of the kids for one hour so the kids don’t bother you during that one-hour window. 

Treat your Deep Focus Window like an appointment or meeting that can’t be cancelled and can’t be interrupted.

  • Turn off notifications on your phone

Most of the time, we get distracted because our phones suddenly ping with a notification. It could be a new email or a new social media message or a new text message. Turn off all notifications on your phone. Do your work and finish it. When it’s done, check your phone for new messages and respond accordingly. Give yourself a maximum time to check and respond so you don’t spend more time than you should. 

  • Reward yourself at the end of the day for accomplishing your goal

It’s good to reward yourself at the end of the day for completing your task. It’s good to have something to look forward to at the end of your workday. It doesn’t need to be big. It could be something like finishing that bottle of soda or eating that chocolate or reading a chapter of a book or enjoying that mug of hot chocolate on your couch or watching the latest movie on Netflix. It’s up to you. 

It’s really up to you to decide how to motivate yourself to be productive. If these tips don’t all work for you, then do the ones that will motivate you. And remember to share your tips so we can be productive together.

You know that saying “The early bird gets the worm”? And it really is true for most people. Studies have shown that getting up and starting work earlier has a lot of benefits. 

  1. When you get up earlier than the time you’re supposed to start work, you won’t feel rushed. And you’ll have time to settle down and get yourself ready for the day ahead
  2. You’ll have time to plan your day well. Which goal do you want to accomplish for the day? What are your top priorities? Which tasks will help you achieve your goal?
  3. Because you woke up early and had a good breakfast, that’s not just coffee, your mind will be wired better to make good, powerful decisions throughout the day. 
  4. You’ll have time for leisure stuff. Waking up early could mean extra time for one more chapter of the latest book you’re reading, or go to the gym, or power walk to work (if possible), or learn a new skill. 
  5. Waking up earlier lets you train or develop your mindset into a more positive one.

But if you’re used to being a night person, can you really transition to become a morning person? Yes, it can be done but it’s going to take some time and will require patience and willpower. Are you ready to work on it? 

  • Set your alarms earlier than usual

Set your alarms 15 minutes earlier than usual. Do this for one week. The next week, set it 30 minutes earlier. Do this again for another week. Continue doing this in increments until you reach your desired time of waking up. Avoid doing it cold turkey and waking up the next day at the time you want to eventually wake up. You need to let your body adjust to the changes naturally. If not, it will resist the change. 

  • Sleep a little earlier each night

The same principle applies to sleep. Sleep earlier a little bit each week. Start with 15 minutes, then 30 minutes, until you’re sleeping earlier. 

  • Write down your to-do list the night before

It’s always best to write your to-do list the night before so you can be more practical about how to spend your time. It also helps avoid using emotions and mood to decide how the day will go. 

  • Detox from all electronics 1 hour before bed

I know you’ve read this before but it’s true. Turn off all electronics at least one hour before you go to sleep. All the electric waves will interfere with your sleep and affect your ability to wake up earlier. Turn off the TV and don’t use it to put you to sleep. Place your phone face down across the room. As much as possible, get a traditional analog alarm clock, not the digital ones. 

  • Create a morning routine you like

Create a morning routine that you will enjoy doing when you wake up. You could always start with a five-minute stretch or drink a glass of water. Or you can crank up a high-tempo song and dance it out for five minutes. Avoid browsing through your phone as soon as you wake up. It’ll take you awhile to create a morning routine that will work for you so feel free to experiment with different ones to see which is most effective for you. 

Do you struggle to budget your monthly finances? Do you find the whole idea of budgeting stressful. challenging and too daunting?

Well if you feel all those, don’t fret because one you are not alone and two, there are a lot ways to make budgeting fun.

Most people think that budgeting is traditional and boring. For some, it means a nightmarish spreadsheet of all your fixed expenses and then making some arbitrary guesses on how much you “should”be spending on food, shopping, travel, etc. (Girlboss, 2017). 

It can be gruesome, yes and might entail some tedious work but believe it or not, good budgeting will help you a lot in the future. 

Why is budgeting important?

Before anything else, you have to consider the fact that proper budgeting can be a great first step toward financial stability and independence. A budget can also help you develop strategies to reach your short-term and long-term financial goals (Lynn, 2018) whether it’s about buying a new property, purchasing an existing business or investing into some mutual funds, etc. 

Aside from that, budgeting also prevents you from falling into serious debts. Most financial analysts believe that unexpected costs aren’t truly unexpected, believing that consumers know that unexpected expenditures will occur, but they simply don’t budget for them. Few people save for expenses such as birthdays, weddings, and even car repairs. They just aren’t thought of as budget-worthy expenses to most people (Lynn, 2018). By creating a well-plannedbudget schedule, you can prepare for almost any kind of unexpected expense.

So how do you make budgeting and finance planning fun and at the same time, successful? Here are some of the ways:

1. Go Tech and Use a Budget App

There are a number of good and user-friendly finance planning applications available for smart phones today. Most of them are free with some premium paid features. In general, these apps are very efficient because aside from helping you organize your funds in an orderly manner, they are also fully automated. The softwares can do quick calculations and keep record of income and expenses realtime.

2. Set your Goals

We all want financial freedom and that is basically the reason why we work our ass off and spend our entire day doing something that is profitable. The goal is to really be financially stable and even wealthy not just for ourselves but for the entire family. 

In budgeting, it is also very important to set inancial goals. What is your target savings by the end of the month? Do you need to pay off a credit card balance? How much can you spend for a new pair of shoes? 

Start by setting some goals for yourself; they don’t have to be big goals to start. In fact, it’s often better to set small, easily attainable goals so you can achieve them and get some quick wins under your belt (Lynn, 2018).

3. Make the Budgeting a Family Affair

You can let your parents or significant other know about your budgeting plans because they can help a lot in the motivation process. Aside from that, they can help you think of ways and alternatives in making the entire budgeting successful because they know you so well. 

4. Skip The Trend

Most of us, especially girls, tend to only buy things based only on what’s hot and trendy —which color got the most number of likes, which shade was worn by my favourite influencer, where to get the old groovy and baggy 90’s pants? 

Remember that the key to good budgeting is to only purchase whatever is necessary. So skip the trend and focus on your financial goals instead. 

5. Eliminate Distractions.

If you eliminate distractions, you will also eliminate the stress that goes with them! Wait until the kids are in bed before you start. Turn off the tv. Tidy up the area you’ll be budgeting in. Don’t leave reminders of unfinished tasks and projects around if you can help it (Lauren, 2017).

6. Treat Yourself Every Once in a While

Of course, cheat days are everywhere and when budgeting, things can very very stressful. Consider treating yourself every after accomplishment (can be a monthly thing) and learn to fill your cravings with the right food or the right relaxation, whichever is needed. 

However, take note that this could not be a frequent thing as creating and doing a budget isn’t easy and making a lot of extra expenses for unreasonable “treats”is not really acceptable. 

7. Change your Bad Thoughts about Money

Try changing your outlook on money through budgeting. You can make saving money a rewarding and satisfying task by prioritizing your spendings and accomplishing your goals. Look at money as a tool to help you achieve what you’ve always wanted instead of looking at money matters as a necessary evil that you must constantly wrestle (Lynn, 2018).

8. Plan an Early Entire Retirement

You probably have a bunch of questions now. Why do I need to plan ahead when I’m still this young? How could I spend a portion of my little savings/profit for that? Why do I even have to think of retirement this early?

It is true that retirement is like an end game but as the cliche goals, it is always best to plan things early. Think of the future. Learn to save some funds for future use. Seek professional help from financial experts especially when the money involved is of high value. 

9. Be Consistent. 

Make the budgeting task fun and consistent. Evaluate your budgeting performance and see how you can fair better next time. 

At the end of the day, remember that budgeting your money doesn’t have to be stressful. Learn to align your spendings with values, be creative and explore other options and see how everything will become different. Happy budgeting! 

There are a number of people who can plan their lives well and can firmly stick to their goals even in the midst of distractions. There are also those who suck at goal-setting (and it’s completely understandable) merely because they don’t really know what they want in life. 

Do you want to finish school this coming year? Or maybe get your first car? Or maybe move to a new place and get a new job? Maybe adopting a new pet is part of your wish list. Whatever it is, remember that all goals are valid and your actions towards achieving those goals is very important. 

So what’s the first step to setting goals? 

List them down. Know what you want to achieve and put them on writing. That way, you are able to keep track of everything and at the same time, monitor your progress along the way. 

Beyond the note-taking lies a far greater challenge which is sticking to your goals. How do you conquer the stressful battle of going astray? Here, we have enumerated a couple of tips on how you can stick to your goals (and later on, reach them). 

1. Choose one major goal

Okay, so you may have a bunch of goals in mind but try to pick one major goal that encompasses all your other goals. Is it to build your own business? Or invest into some properties? Or maybe shifting to a more fulfilling career. 

Note that taking on too much all at once can be daunting. It can be particularly difficult too because establishing new behavioral patterns takes time. Focusing your efforts on one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable (Cherry, 2018). 

2. Start small

Everything really has to start small. Don’t overdo your diet or over exhaust yourself at the gym. Don’t make big investments on things you aren’t sure. Don’t change your behavioural pattern drastically just because you want to achieve your goals in a snap. It doesn’t work that way. Take calculated risks and remember to move forward slowly and gradually. Baby steps, yes?

3. Take note of your past failures and don’t repeat them

You’ve probably set the same goal 2 or 3 years ago and you probably have not achieved it yet because you’ve made a couple of mistakes along the way. Good news is, it’s totally fine. As mentioned, it’s always best to take things slow and learn from each stage. However, you have to take note of your past failures. What hindered from making it to your destination? What were your past struggles? How do you reverse the errors. 

Try evaluating your decisions and the results of your actions. What worked and what didn’t work? 

At the end of the day, remember that setting goals and working towards them also means turning your vision into reality. Which were the least effective? What has prevented you from keeping your resolution in past years? By changing your approach, you will be more likely to see real results on your next evaluation (Cherry, 2018).

4. Seek advice from experts

Get a mentor. Seek advice from people who have proven themselves to be good at goal-setting (and have achieve all their set goals). It can be your grade school teacher or your friendly neighbour. Be open to them and share with them your inner struggles so they can give the best advice.

5. Get support from family and friends

It is always best to have a solid supporting system who can give you a pat whether you make or break it in life. At the same time, encouraging words from people you love can help you keep motivated and focused. 

Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal (Cherry, 2018).

6. Understand the vision

It is important that you try to reach for meaningful goals. What is the vision behind it? What is the cause? 

Note that we will always do more to achieve a goal that has a deep-rooted meaning to us than we will to achieve something that’s superficial. So, if you want to have a million dollar net worth because of the status it affords, you can forget about your chances for success (entrepreneur.com).

7. Make sure your goals are time-bound

Is this your goal for the entire year? Or the first quarter? Or maybe a seasonal thing? 

Select an actual date on the calendar for your specific goal own to the very day of the week. When your goal is specific and measurable, it’s trackable. When you give it a real date on the calendar, you can break it down into monthly and weekly goals. This way, you can chart your progress to determine how far or close you are to achieving that goal (entrepreneur.com).

8.  Check your progress

Know that is always important to keep track of things. Pick a system and do your own barometer. Are you doing really great so far or are you veering away from what is set?

9. Readjust your approach if needed

Now this is a product of your close monitoring. If things aren’t working that way you plotted them, learn to stir the wheel and readjust. Asses your turning points and ask yourself a few questions —where have you gone wrong and what can you do to correct them? What are your alternative ways? How do you move from this point and that?

10. Just Keep Working

At the end of the day, it all boils down to your motivation in achieving the goals you have set. How determined are you? Remember that there is no other way but to just do it. Goals are nothing if you don’t live for them. So now it’s the perfect time to move your ass, isn’t it?

The way we travel has changed over the years. We used to travel in groups, with tour buses, and stay in downtown hotels. We used to only take short breaks, from a weekend to about two weeks. Month-long stays or more were unheard of unless you were retired.

Over the past decade though, a birth of affordable travel deals, budget airlines, and private accommodations came about. Millennial boss babes began to include and prioritize travel every year. In fact, according to Boston Globe, millennials took 44% more international trips than baby boomers. And by 2020, millennial travelers are expected to make 18% more trips.

Prioritizing local authentic experiences, millennial boss babes designs their own itineraries. They stay at Airbnb, homestays, or even couch surfs. This allows them to stay longer in one place, especially since most millennials work remotely. And they get their recommendations from their friends and social media now, instead of booking travel packages from agents.

At their destinations, millennial travelers flock to local gems where they get to immerse in the city’s culture and history. They stay where the locals stay, eat where the locals eat and work where the locals work. They use these experiences to influence how they work, think, and communicate with other people. Travel is a must in every person’s experience and it’s great how it has become more affordable and manageable than before.

As millennial boss babes, we’ve created a travel bucket list for millennials, which includes cities that have lots of history, culture, art, personality, and hidden gems to explore. Start booking your flights and homestays!

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam has always been a top destination for most travelers, including millennials. And whether it’s your first time or tenth time, there’s always something new you can do in every trip. Hop on the small ferry from the back of the Amsterdam Central Station to view Amsterdam from the water. Get off on the north side at Eye Film Museum and watch documentaries, or watch the ships pass by from the restaurant. And if you’re a fan of spicy Asian food, after feasting on local delicacies, sample Indonesian food at any of the Indonesia restaurants in Amsterdam. It’s definitely a local favorite.

  1. Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany tops the list for the millennial-friendly city in the world. It’s vibrant, full of culture, full of history, and full of beer. When traveling to Berlin, make it a point to visit the Berlin Wall. Lots of tourists will be around but it’s an important part of Berlin’s history that must be witnessed at least once. It’s also a great idea to rent a bike to go around the city, which is also the best way to discover creative graffiti and street art in Berlin. And be sure to sign up for those small tours where you explore parts of the city on foot or on vintage bikes.

  1. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Filled with festivals, great food, great art, and life-loving residents, Montreal is a must on a millennial boss babe’s travel bucket list. It’s literally the place to go when you want to relax and escape from the city. Visit both Old Montreal and Downtown Montreal. Enjoy Bota Bota in Old Montreal, a floating spa where you can enjoy a Swedish massage. Or go the Darling Foundry in Downtown Montreal, a 3500 sq.m. visual arts venue. Try to schedule your visit when they offer special events because it doesn’t happen often. Visit the public markets of Montreal, where they feature produce from all over Quebec, specialty products from Montreal businesses and artists. And just like with Amsterdam and Berlin, rent a bike (they call it Bixi) and ride along Lachine Canal to get great views of the nature and industrial parts of Montreal meshed together.

  1. Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the US. It’s both the “Live Music Capital of the World” and “Keep Austin Weird” at the same time. There’s definitely something from everyone, from cowboys to hipsters to omnivores to vegans. Watch the bat colony under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Add your own tag at the HOPE Outdoor Graffiti Gallery, the only place where it’s legal to create graffiti art before it gets torn down. If you love music, fly into Austin by March for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival or October for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin is also home to several museums, including the Blanton Museum of Art, Museum of the Weird, and the Cathedral of Junk in South Austin.

  1. Bali, Indonesia

If you’re looking for a place where you can connect with nature and still stay connected with the world, book a flight to Bali, Indonesia. There are a lot of places where you can stay in Bali but if you want to stay away from the majority of the tourists, then consider staying at Canggu, Ubud, or Legian. Book a sunrise climb to Mt. Batur. Visit a local farm and enroll in an Indonesian cooking class. Have a nice deep Balinese massage. Learn woodcarving or basic batik painting. There are so many things to do in Bali, you’ll definitely want to stay longer or come back more often.

What do you think of this bucket list? What is on your list? Would you like to add more cities that millennial boss babes should visit at least once in their lives? Share your list!