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Own Your Morning.

It’s morning.

Not morning as in, “It’s time to get up, get dressed and get to the office” morning. It’s Saturday morning. The one you’ve waited for all week. It’s Saturday morning and you are perfectly content all snuggled up in your pink pajamas under the covers.

Oh, you didn’t know that I knew you have pink pajamas?


There’s a list of things you need to get done today. Laundry, clean the bath tub, plan your cousin’s bridal shower, grocery shop. You know what needs to be done and you know how tiring it will be to do it. But you also know the kind of week you had. You deserve another hour of sleep, so another hour of sleep it is.

By mid-morning you get up, get some coffee and decide to catch up on your favorite show. It’s Saturday, after all.

Four episodes later and you’re still in your pink pajamas??

We’ve all been there. And we will probably all be there again from time to time… keep the coffee warm for me.

But a place where none of us women want to be is falling behind. Whether it be on our to-do lists or in the gym, at home or at the workplace, nobody wants to fall behind.

Fortunately, we can have some control over that. I want to share four ways I stay productive when I feel the urge to pop open a bag of Cheetos and turn on Netflix.



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Wake Up Early

This one is hard to do, but once you get in the rhythm of it you’ll find it comes natural. Let yourself own the day. If you wake up at the last second, the day already owns you. When you give yourself plenty of time in the morning, you won’t feel rushed and hurried. That rushed feeling can easily turn into a stressed feeling that can carry over into your whole day. And besides, CEOs wake up early. It’s science.


We all know how beneficial exercise is for us physically, but have you ever noticed how much it also does for you mentally? I’ve recently realized how much more productive I am after a run. It’s like it just gets in me and I keep going. After a run I come home and reorganize my night stand; I clean off the counter tops; I’m just not content sitting around when my heart rate is booking.

Make A List

Sometimes the key to getting things done is good old-fashioned writing it down. Oldest trick in the book. When I make a list, it feels like it’s just staring at me all day until I cross it off. So I cross it off twice just so it know who’s #GIRLBOSS. Our days get filled up easily and things pop up unexpectedly, so making a list ensures that what really needs to get done won’t slip to the back of your head.

Walk Away

Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. Go for a walk, grab a coffee, switch gears and work on something else for a while. When you come back to your task, you will find yourself refreshed and mentally renewed. You might even find that you are working harder after a “brain break”. And I can think of more than a few times when I have been stuck on a project, but upon coming back to it I see answers I hadn’t seen and realize which details matter and which don’t. And, if you need to play Paula DeAnda’s Walk Away from 2006, that’s fine. It’s your life. It needs a soundtrack.

So there you have it. Four tips on how to stay productive and make the most of your day.

Girls like us have things to get done. We have clear goals and purposeful direction. And sometimes you just need a little shove in the bum to get out of bed and get it while it’s hot. I hope this list can be that for you.


DSC_0928Hannah is an Influential Gal contributor and blogger behind the witty “It’s Hann’ah-clock!” blog. She is also a wife and mother in the prairie lands. Hannah lives for holidays, pies and parties. Occasionally, she’ll go on a run just because I love the feeling of the shower afterwards.


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7 Books for Female Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or you’ve been in the game for a while, one thing is for sure… It’s important to never stop learning! If you’re looking for some new books to read that will inspire you and help you boost your biz, these are the ones you need to check out! Get ready to head to the local bookstore or fire up that Kindle and get ready to read!

7 Books for Female Entrepreneurs

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

Odds are, you’ve heard of Danielle LaPorte before. But if you’ve never read one of her books, now is the time! The Fire Starter Sessions isn’t filled with top business advice, but it is full of motivational messages that will leave you feeling ready to conquer the world. Staying motivated is only half the battle when it comes to building your business. And the great thing about this book is that Danielle includes exercises after each chapter to help you apply her teachings to your own life.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

You’re pretty much guaranteed to get great business advice when it’s coming from the COO of Facebook, right? While Lean In isn’t about growing a business, it’s still a great read for any woman on an entrepreneurial journey. Her advice (and all the data she provides!) will really get you thinking about the importance of female leaders in the business world and why we need more of them.

Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger

Having worked in various industries over the years, Lisa Messenger has a lot of personal stories and business advice to share in Daring & Disruptive. Lisa opens up about the highs and lows she’s experienced in her entrepreneurial ventures, providing inspiration for ladies at all stages of their business.

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Denise is a pretty spunky Aussie who started her own business, Lucky Bitch. Her book is different than anything else you’ll find on this list, but there’s a good reason for that! If you find yourself busting your butt and working long hours without seeing any reward when it comes to your bank account, check out Get Rich, Lucky Bitch. Denise’s goal with this book is to help you determine what your money blocks are and how to kick them to the curb.

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna talks about her struggles in business in her book, Thrive. She questions the world’s definition of success and discusses why it needs to change. Arianna also writes about her difficulties when it comes to managing her time and juggling her career with her family life.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Okay, okay… You may be tired of hearing about this book because it comes highly recommended for fabulous entrepreneurs like yourself, but there’s a good reason for that! If you haven’t already read it, this is your sign to buy it now. While this book is primarily about Sophia’s life, she shares some important lessons that she has learned on her journey to becoming a tremendously successful businesswoman. Sophia is a reminder that we all have struggles in our lives, but it’s always possible to overcome them and completely turn things around.

Make It Happen by Lara Casey

Lara’s book is similar to The Fire Starter Sessions in that it’s filled with inspirational tidbits and it’ll put you to work! Lara doesn’t want you to just read her book and forget all about it, never putting her tips to use in your own life. Make It Happen also includes questions at the end of every chapter to really get you thinking. It’s also part biography as you’ll get the inside scoop into Lara’s life and the difficulties she faced when trying to create her path in life. Such an inspiration, this book will leave you feeling ready to take a leap in your life, whether it’s to start a business, a new project, or something else entirely!

Which of these books are on your reading list?

Thrachel_mis post is by Rachel Moffett, an Influential Gal contributor. Rachel is a Maryland-based writer and the voice behind the lifestyle site, The Haute Notes. She has been blogging since 2009 and is passionate about inspiring women and helping them build better blogs and businesses. When she’s not working on The Haute Notes, she’s running an online book club for a local website that empowers women.




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