Work. School. Family. Friends. Self-care. Giving Back. Sleep? Forget doing it all. Getting through a to-do list — no matter how much we’re trying to tackle — may be one of the biggest conundrums of our time. So we asked eight of the busiest female entrepreneurs to share some of the secrets of their multitasking skills. Below, see how everything from delegating to meditation helps women like Tess Holliday and Tamara Mellon handle their business (and then some).
“I use an App called Wunderlist. You can organize everything you need to do there. I even have little folders for self-care that include meditation, yoga, and stretching. It’s so important, right? I need to write down a list of things to do to take care of myself — that’s crazy. But this year, I’m working to get on a routine and some of the routine is self-care.” — Riawna Capri, co-founder Nine Zero One Salon, InCommon Beauty, and BeaYOUtiful Foundation
“My tip for multitasking is asking people for help. There’s the stuff I’m good at and other stuff I’m not so good at, so I pay people who are better qualified at things than I am. Honestly, my best friend is my personal assistant. She’s worked with me for three years, and I just tell her, hey, I can’t do this. I need help. It’s okay to ask for help, and I’m starting to do that more and everyone around me is much happier as a result.” Tess Holliday, model, body positivity advocate, and Eff Your Beauty Standards founder
“Believe it or not, I think the screen time function on my phone helped me because I’m far more cognizant of the time I spend on my phone and when I scroll for no reason. I love social media and connecting with my audience. I learn as much from my followers as hopefully they do me, but it can be an absolute waste of time and get in the way of what you want to do with your life, so if anyone isn’t paying attention to that feature on their phone, pay attention because it’s alarming.” — Catt Sadler, reporter and TV host, The Cattwalk founder
“Print your calendar so you double expose your schedule on digital and paper. Have it on your desk so you can really visually see what’s going on and coming up.” — Emily Current, designer and co-founder The Great, Current/Elliott, and Emily + Merritt
“The best thing I’ve learned in the last couple of years is to meditate. I wish I learned that 20 years ago. It’s really helped me a lot because multitasking is so stressful. We all try to do it. It’s actually really bad for you — it causes anxiety. Even if I take three minutes to meditate, that helps me with everything.” — Tamara Mellon, co-founder of Tamara Mellon footwear
“I work freelance so I always make sure I set a schedule every day. Every morning, I make some tea, sit down and write out what I need to do. I make sure I have a to-do list everyday so I stay organized — otherwise, I’ll feel like a mess.” — Candace Reels, creator of Female Collective