The Benefits of Self-Management
We all currently have or used to have a Manager at some point in our career. But what about the way you manage yourself? How do you organise yourself, remain motivated, and maintain self-discipline? It seems like a lot to remember. Here are a few tips on how to master the art of self-management.
Before attempting to make a load of changes to your work ethic or process, first identify your strengths and then the areas for improvement. What are you good at and what can you work on to better yourself? Being aware of this and keeping track, will allow self-development as well as track your personal progression within your workforce. At the end of each month week or month, you can reflect back on your performance and be able to identify if you met your results or targets. If not, then why and what impact did this have?
Recognition for great work is something we all want to hear from our Managers or Team leaders. Its also important you give yourself recognition too. Being too harsh on yourself or having negative thoughts towards your work and progress will have an impact on not only your attitude but also your performance at work. Its important that you give yourself credit where credit is due, don’t always be so hard on yourself with unnecessary late nights in the office, working on weekends or taking on too much. Positive feedback is the best motivator.
Many factors contribute to our productivity and well-being. For example, do certain foods or drinks give you energy? Do certain people inspire or distract you? Are you more productive in the morning, afternoon or staying after hours? These are all factors that can alter our energy and motivation levels. Being mindful of where and how you spend your working time can give you an indication as to where and how you work best.
Do you have a ‘To Do’ list? We’ve all been at that stage where we have numerous tasks, and deadlines that need to be met on top of attend meetings and handle last minute requests. It’s not long before everything piles up and you become stuck in a never-ending cycle. Instead of working longer, try working smarter. Prioritising your tasks and deadlines, by writing a daily or weekly list of things to do and ordering them by deadline well help you become more productive and efficient.