Some Helpful How-Tos

Becca Anderson, author of Badass Women Give the Best Advice, has uploaded a few helpful and inspiring excerpts from her book, check it out!

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I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. GOLDA MEIR

If only everything were as easily organized as, say, my shoe collection. And even that can sometimes be a losing battle.


There are so many options, so much to do, so many demands on women. There is no point in taking one hour to do a ten-minute task, nor should we slap together an hour-worthy project in ten minutes.


Arrange whatever pieces come your way. VIRGINIA WOOLF

A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.


Effective teamwork is all about making a good, well-balanced salad, not whipping individuals into a single batch of V8.


Take just a few minutes each day to sort through any miscellaneous papers on your desk at home or the office, rather than letting unorganized piles multiply and grow.


To achieve your dreams, remember your ABC’s: Avoid negative sources, people, places, things, and habits. Believe in yourself. Consider things from every angle.


Keep things as simple as possible…nobody wants to reorganize their system of reorganization!


If a problem has no solution, it’s not a problem, just a fact.


There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.


Adopt the highly effective SAW inbox system: [“S” for] STAT (as in a hospital emergency room) means “do it now!” and is for urgent tasks with a deadline of today. “A” stands for “as soon as possible” and goes on your to-do list with doable deadlines. “W” stands for “whenever” and is only for ideas and wishes for the future.


I always say don’t make plans, make options. JENNIFER ANISTON

One way to keep control over the paper in your life is to get it back in circulation. Do you have a stack of magazines that you are almost done with? Take a few moments to go through them, and then pass them on to friends, a library, a school, a hospital, or a charity thrift shop. I have a magazine “trade” system set up with some girlfriends!


Get a 3-ring binder with pocketed dividers for receipts and user manuals, and organize by need such as “birthdays,” “utility bills,” “credit cards and reports,” “computer info,” and most importantly, “taxes!”


The most successful people in the world break big tasks down into doable pieces. If you have a major goal that feels overwhelming to you—slice and dice it. One step at a time and the mountain is climbed—now, doesn’t that feel great?


I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.


Never rely just on your smartphone or a file on your computer to safely store your mailing addresses, numbers, and email addresses. Just one computer crash or loss of your smartphone can render you helpless if you lack backups, whether to the cloud, a hard copy, or thumb drives in safe remote locations!


Badass Women Give the Best Advice

Everything You Need to Know About Love and Life

Advice from girl bosses of all kinds: Women are, far and away, the Oral Sex. Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions and share their frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships.

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