There are many daily habits you will notice that people attribute their successes to. If you observe carefully, you will see that these habits hold true for most successful people, not just women. Here are some tips and habits that you should try to tap into to as you continue to strive forward in your career.

Check it off the list. It might seem simple, but really utilizing a to-do list can be vital to a person’s professional success. Checking things off is a great way to keep track of all the little things you want to accomplish in a day. It will help you keep organized and make sure you follow through on things.

Keep a Filing System. Even if it’s not a physical filing system and rather on your computer, have a system for the way you organize and name your files. Whether it’s by project or by date, pick an organizational structure that will make it easy for you to find things later on.

Watch the clock and be on time! Regardless of whether it’s for an important meeting or just a casual lunch with a friend, being on time is a sign of respect. It’s a good habit to make for every area of your life, and will only be advantageous to your level of professionalism in the workplace.

Be kind to those around you. You don’t have to be like Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada to succeed at work. The most successful women are those who only compete with themselves and have gotten where they are by being kind and supporting each other, not by being cold and calculating.

Make time for yourself. If you just spend all your time tied to your desk, you will never feel fulfilled, which is a huge part of being successful. Take time to treat yourself to a manicure, hang out with your friends or partake in your favorite hobby. Being well-rounded and having a strong work-life balance will serve you well and keep you energized and inspired when it comes to work.


Martin Ackerman is a freelance writer and current editor originally from Staten Island, NY. His university schooling focused on English education and Japanese. He has a (not so secret) passion for art history and political science. When he isn't writing or editing you can find him at sci-tech conventions, building the latest LEGO city or pampering his cat, Tea. You can follow him on Twitter @MarMackerman.