5 Productivity Hacks Girl Boss Jaclyn Johnson Swears By

Inarguably, women are having a year. Not since the ’70s has the world seen this many women united in the cause of supporting one another.

Still, Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson has been lifting up others since before girl power experienced this widespread resurgence. “I started Create & Cultivate as a side project, a little get-together for women to talk about entrepreneurship offline,” she says of her company, which she describes as a movement rather than a brand. “I knew other women had to be going through the same struggles I was—I just didn’t realize how many. Getting to build experiences and content that empower, entertain and inspire women is a privilege I don’t take lightly.”

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Though she now regularly works with high-wattage girl bosses like Sophia Bush and Issa Rae, Jaclyn was, believe it or not, one of the OG bloggers toiling in obscurity some years back. Today, she credits this early entrepreneurial step for gifting her with one of the biggest drivers of C&C’s success: her peer network. “I had a style blog early on, which was a great inroad to amazing influencers and content creators that are now mega stars,” she says. “We were supporting one another then and continue to do so now. People often think they need to network with super-successful people, but oftentimes it’s the people in the trenches with you, and you grow together.”

This isn’t the only piece of common sense—and yet, easy-to-overlook—advice she has for those in the early stages of their careers. “Find something you’re passionate about and look for the opportunity within it—ask yourself, What need is not fulfilled here?” she advises. “And then, just start.”

However, she cautions that no matter what you do, one major mistake can set you back in ways no others can. “Your reputation is your résumé,” she says. “You can have the most impressive CV of all time, but if people don’t like working with you, it’s simple: They won’t.”

Keep reading for more of Jaclyn’s sage advice: five hacks for being as productive as possible.

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