Unpacking “Having It All”

Can women ever truly “have it all”?

That’s a question that’s been perched on the lips of many women these days—and for the last century or more.

But what if this question… isn’t actually a very good one? What if it’s actually the very source of our own undoing?

We’re not implying women can’t have it all—because they totally can. What we’re saying is that you have to define what “having it all” means to you. And for every woman, that definition will be different.

For one woman, “having it all” may mean having a fulfilling career and being able to travel, see the world, learn new languages, and experience adventure. For another, it may mean starting a new and successful business while also making time for family, friends, and hobbies. And for another, it may mean creating a tool or resource that helps people while also raising a family, and enjoying some travel here and there.

Options for “having it all” are endless, but one thing’s for sure: You can do whatever you set your mind to.

The good news is that once you decide what you want, things will become a lot clearer. And it’s at this point that you’ll want to explore ways to tweak, prioritize, and organize your life to make achieving your goals much easier.

Here are our top four tips for doing just that:

#1 – Prioritize Organization

Everything is easier when you’re organized. For many people, however, “staying organized” often brings to mind tidy closets and a clean desk — and that’s it.

But consider what else you can streamline with organization. (Hint: Everything)

Organize it all. Be an efficiency expert. It’ll change your life.

Clean, organize, and maintain everything from your car and your fridge to your purse and your nightstand drawer. Streamline your travel toiletries bag, your recycling bins, your bills, your key ring… do it all once. Maintain it. And never look back.

#2 – Silence Those Notifications for Goodness’ Sake!

Remember when you had to navigate to your email instead of your email coming to you 40 times a day?

Dings, rings, and buzzes keep you constantly distracted. And if you consider how many times these notifications are actually important, you’ll realize many of them are sucking up your time and diverting you from your focus. So instead of jumping at every bell your phone or computer makes, set aside a specific time to open your email, look at your phone, and check other notifications.

#3 – Delegate Tasks Whenever and Wherever You Can

You’re kick-butt at your job, and you work hard. So why do you do it? Certainly, it’s to meet your potential, achieve greatness, and advance even further in your career and life.

But it’s also to lighten your load in other ways, right?

Many women make the mistake of advancing in their careers and earning more—but continue to slog through everyday tasks that they could be delegated to save time (and ultimately, money and energy too).

So try delegating–it’s a core tenet of time management.

Hate cooking? Subscribe to a meal service, or purchase more ready-made dishes and snacks. Despise cleaning? Hire someone to scrub your house clean twice a month. Not a shopper? Consider renting clothes through a subscription service like Gwynnie Bee—trendy styles from top brand names, fit to your body, and sent right to your home.

You’ll have more time and energy than you’ve ever had before.

#4 – Know Thyself

Finally, take the time to understand your strengths and weaknesses, your productive times of day and your … not so productive times of day, your “this comes easy to me” skills and the things you need to work on. Getting it done is all about being your own self-expert.

And remember: It all starts with defining for yourself what “having it all” means to you.

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