How to Be a Stronger More Independent Woman

Posted June 27, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Anyone who is a proponent of girl power ought to have Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman” on their permanent playlist. “The shoes on my feet? I bought ’em. the clothes I’m wearing? I bought ’em. The house I live in? I bought it. ‘Cause I depend on me.” Amazing sentiments for the women and girls of today.

But in a world full of technology, paid services, and what hopefully are great spouses and family members, it’s easy to become less and less independent over time. We depend on our significant others to help around the house, depend on a second income at times to pay our bills, depend on our tax professional to ensure we don’t miss that April 15th deadline, and more. And while none of these things are negative on their own, they beg the question, “Are we giving up our independence in lieu of convenience?”

One blogger recently wrote a list of “How to Be a Stronger, More Independent Woman,” listing 15 ways to enhance your life through independence. And while we at Career Girl love this list, we thought we’d give you a list of our own.

3 Ways to Be a Stronger, More Independent Woman:

  1. Know how to do the little things that need doing in your house. Notice we didn’t say “do them” but rather “know how” to do them. You don’t necessarily need to fix your own toilet, but you should make yourself aware of where the plumbing connections are, where the electric box is, so that if something does go wrong and you’re by yourself, you have a sense of how to get it fixed.
  2. Manage your schedule. Too often, we rely on assistants to manage calendars and block time for appointments. And while this can be incredibly helpful, it’s your responsibility to then know that schedule back and forth, up and down, to assure you don’t miss any meetings.
  3. Don’t rely on your work computer for everything. As work and life tend to blend together, so do our devices, especially our computers. I’ve heard many women recently comment on how they don’t even have a working home computer because they use their work computers for everything. Bad idea. You never know what could happen tomorrow with your job.  Be sure you keep personal personal and work at work when it comes to electronic devices.

What other ways do you assert your independence in your lives, Career Girls?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."