Managing Yourself

Managing Yourself
    Madhulika Pandey
    POSH, Corporate, Soft Skill Trainer

    We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility.

    History’s great achievers (Napoléon, da Vinci, and Mozart) have always managed themselves. That, in large measure, is what makes them great achievers. Now, most of us, even those of us with modest endowments, will have to learn to manage themselves. We will have to learn to develop ourselves. We will have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution. And we will have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing how and when to change the work we do. Self-management is an important skill to develop because it can have a positive impact on your productivity, efficiency and quality of your work. By managing yourself effectively, you may benefit from lower stress levels, increased organization and an enhanced understanding of your priorities. It is certainly not easy, but managing yourself can be learned. And it’s worth doing—as you improve your self-management skills, you will naturally grow in your higher self.

    Self Management

    – Flexibility

    When practicing managing self, you may have the freedom to set your own schedule and determine the order in which you complete your tasks. This flexibility can also allow for more time to pursue hobbies and interests outside of your professional responsibilities.

    – Developing Skill

    These skills could include organization, prioritization, problem-solving, self-motivation, communication and scheduling. These skills could apply to a variety of professional endeavours and may help you be more successful in your career.

    – Increasing Efficiency

    The process of managing yourself often involves creating strategies to increase your motivation, organization productivity and efficiency.

    Key to Manage Yourself

    – Self-awareness Practice

    Practicing self-awareness is an important first step toward managing yourself effectively. When you understand your existing habits, work methods and organizational techniques, you may feel more equipped to make decisions about how to more effectively by managing your time.

    – Prioritise Task

    When creating your daily schedule to help you determine when you should complete certain items prioritizing tasks means beginning with the most pressing items and gradually completing less and less urgent responsibilities.

    – Hold Yourself Accountable

    Accountability means taking responsibility for the completion of your tasks and motivating yourself to fulfil your objectives when you’re feeling distracted or unfocused. To hold yourself accountable, consider creating strict deadlines for important or time-sensitive tasks.

    – Create Routine

    Creating a consistent routine to which easily adhere can help you more effectively practice self-management. Consider creating a daily schedule that includes all of your work-related tasks and personal activities to keep yourself motivated and on track.

    – Time Your Task

    If you’re having trouble maintaining a routine or adhering to a schedule, you may benefit from timing your tasks. Try checking the time before you begin a task and seeing how long it takes for you to complete the item.

    – Be Open to Change

    It’s important to not get too attached to your habits or methods, so that you can shift your focus, technique or system to better serve your goals. Practicing self-awareness can help you identify areas of your routine that could need adjustment.

    – Make Time for Yourself

    This could include eating a healthy meal, reading books which you like, listening to music, stretching or getting some exercise. Taking time away from your work-related tasks can help you come back to your responsibilities feeling refreshed and motivated to finish your day of work.

    Key to Manage Yourself
    Manage yourself effectively leads to better emotional intelligence by supporting your self-awareness and well-being. Let’s dive into the top seven managing skills to develop.

    1. Time Management

    2. Self-Motivation

    3. Stress Management

    4. Adaptability

    5. Decision Making

    6. Setting Goals

    7. Personal Development

    Managing yourself, your thoughts and behaviours can help you become better at self-management and, in turn, stronger as a leader.

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