Diversity Woman Magazine

WIN 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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Upfront > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 11 THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Shortcuts W hen it's time to kick back with a film, sometimes it's great to see working women in action—figuring out how to succeed regardless of obstacles like clueless bosses, sexism, and other obstructions. Here are some of the best. 9 TO 5 (1980) • Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin band together to push back against a disrespectful, harassing boss. (Sound familiar?) WORKING GIRL (1988) • Melanie Griffith is a secretary whose boss (Sigourney Weaver) steals her idea. Griffith is so incensed that she pretends to head honcho Harrison Ford that she's the department head—and eventually gets the credit she's due. FARGO (1996) • Frances McDormand plays pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson, the moral center of this dark but funny crime film set in the snowy Midwest. In investigating (and solv- ing) a kidnapping and multiple homicides, Gunderson proves Silver Screen Sheroes DW Hot List Can You Mono-task? I n recent years, stud - ies have shown that, contrary to conventional belief, multitasking isn't efficient. Our brains can't truly handle more than one thing at once, and the microseconds spent switching between tasks actually diminish our focus. So how to resist the temptation to multitask? A few simple habits can make a big difference. herself smarter than the perpetrators as well as her law- enforcement colleagues. ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000) • e riveting story follows an unemployed California single mother who becomes a legal investigator and turns up evidence to prove a major utility has been exposing local residents to contaminated water. Julia Roberts plays Brockovich. UP IN THE AIR (2009) • Recent college graduate Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) wants to make her mark, but is paired with a vain, shallow corporate downsizer (George Clooney). Clooney's character thwarts her at first, but she earns his respect and he helps her move on to the job she really wants. JOY (2015) • Jennifer Lawrence won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Joy Mangano, a divorced mother who struggles against domineering family members to start a business based on a mop she designed. She gradually develops inde- pendence and strength, and her invention becomes the basis for a multimillion-dollar company. HIDDEN FIGURES (2016) • is new film is based on the true story of three African American women—two math- ematicians and an engineer—who worked for NASA in the segregated South in the 1960s. (One, 97-year-old Katherine Johnson, was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her contributions to the space program.) e film stars Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. COMMIT TO THE TASK AT HAND. When you sit down to work on some- thing, decide how long you will give it and stick to that decision, says Devora Zack, author of Singletasking: Get More Done—One Thing at a Time. Some people find it helpful to set a timer, even if it's just for 15 minutes. Until it goes off, you focus only on what's in front of you. BUILD BARRIERS AGAINST DISTRACTION. When you need to concentrate, turn off email and social media alerts. Close your office door if you have one, or put on headphones to keep unwanted interrup- tions at bay. HAVE A PLACE FOR IDEAS THAT POP UP. Keep a notebook or note-taking app handy so you can capture ideas that occur to you while you're working. Jot them down quickly and get back to your primary task. MAKE TIME FOR QUIET. By taking a few moments each day to sit quietly, per- haps focusing only on your breathing, you train your mind to concentrate better. When you need to focus tightly on a work project, you'll be glad you exercised that muscle.

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