Self-management is the ability to show self-control and know how to manage time and priorities. It would be great if you learn self-management skills as soon as you can, starting from high school and carrying these practices into your adult life.
The three key skills in self-management
Being able to work without being told to do so is called as initiative. You can do this by thinking for your own self and taking action when it is needed. You have to use your brains and have that hunger to achieve something. It also requires you to believe in yourself, and most importantly, you should never feel like giving up. Mainly it would help if you were not continuously reminded to do the work.
If you are organized enough, it means that you can plan your time correctly and know the things you have to do first. It also means that you are prepared and have the things that you need. If you need some information or materials to complete a task, make sure that you have them.
You will have to take entire responsibility for your own actions. Don’t look for excuses or people to blame for your actions.
Importance of self-management skills
- Usually, employers prefer people who can handle problems well. Taking the initiative to do any work or solve a problem is what makes them show an interest in you.
- Organization skills will help you improve your employability as well as your life. You will know what you need and when you need it. You can make lists, have a calendar, or maintain a diary
- Having a positive attitude is extremely important. If you are working on something and you actually care about it and show that you are ready to work hard, people will want to work with you in the future.
- If you can show that you are reliable and that people can even depend on you to get the work done without disappointing anyone, it will be a great perk for you.
How to begin with self-management?
Basics of self-management
1] Breathing and relaxing: We can’t think properly in a stressed state of mind. We should learn to cope with our stress. Take a deep breath and relax your mind and body so that you can get ready for the next day.
2] Emotional well being: You have to know to deal with worry and anxiety. Find ways that will boost your self-confidence. Keep doing the things that you are good at. We cannot handle ourselves properly if we are wallowing in deep despair.
3] Motivate yourself: Using positive self-talk and imaging yourself in successful scenarios will help you to feel motivated and by that you can to do well in life. Deal with whatever life throws at you with a positive attitude.
4] Physical well being: Live a healthy lifestyle and follow a balanced diet. Keep yourself healthy.
Self-management skills in your work life
1] Be productive: Manage your time accordingly, prioritize your tasks, and work smart by using checklists, cheat sheets etc. You also have to handle distractions and focus on the important things first.
2] Constant self-regulation: This is one of the most important skills of self management. We must control our behavior towards situations that keep changing.
The four agreements
1] Be impeccable with your word
Always say the things that you mean. Avoid gossiping about others. Use the power of your word only for truth and love.
2] Don’t take anything personally
What other people do is not because of you or directing at you. What they say and do is just their own reality. When you don’t take their opinions and actions seriously, you won’t have to suffer unnecessarily.
3] Don’t make assumptions
Ask questions freely and try to express what you really want to say. Communicate as clearly as you can to avoid misconceptions and unnecessary drama.
4] Always do your best
Your best will keep changing every single moment. But no matter what, you should always do your best, and you that will help you to avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Self-management is a skill that you can grow over time.You have nothing to worry about. There are numerable chances in life to take responsibility, and manage yourself to be an amazing person in both your personal life and your professional life!