Self Management

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One aspect of achieving success is taking full responsibility for your results. Rather than looking at external factors and the impact they are having, take a look from the inside and what you are doing to help yourself.
In this lesson, you’ll explore the concept of self-management and how to take the lead in your own career. We’ll also talk about time management, share some organization tips, and discuss why being proactive is important.
How would you respond to somebody who says:

  • If it weren’t for the traffic, I’d get to work on time.
  • If it weren’t for Hilda interrupting me, I’d get my work done.
  • If it weren’t for my boss changing their mind all the time, I’d know what I was doing.
  • If it weren’t for my _______________, I’d be a happier person.
  • If my children would pick up after themselves, I could keep the house clean.

Remember this old saying: If it’s to be it’s up to me.
There are some very straightforward things you can do in order to be successful. Routines are a good example of this. Routines simplify and create order, which is essential if you are in a state of chaos and high stress. When you introduce routine, you have energy left over to be wildly creative.
Top performers in every area of industry have lives that are well balanced by routine. Most of us have routines we follow in the morning. Think about your morning routine and how, if you skip it, you have a tougher time launching your day or can have forgotten something important (like leaving your lunch behind in the fridge!).
Routines allow you to concentrate on what’s really important. Once you set them, they save you time and energy because you won’t have to plan or think about them.
Consider your entire lifestyle. If you have an expensive lifestyle that consumes huge amounts of effort just to maintain, perhaps that time could be better spent doing more enjoyable things than maintaining homes, boats, cars, etc. Too cheap of a lifestyle has a similar result. If you spend hours negotiating the cheapest and the lowest rates, airfares, and gas prices, ask yourself if that is time truly well spent for what you managed to save.
Routines include setting time for family, for eating, for sleeping, for exercising, and anything else you do on a regular basis. Your morning routine should be so good that when you walk out of your house, you feel ready to tackle any problems the world throws at you.
We know that no activity is more important to ritualize than sleep. By setting a regular time for bed and rising each day (yes, even on days off!) you will find yourself getting more done and being more productive.
By fixing mealtimes and planning groceries in advance you’ll become vastly more efficient. You won’t waste time wandering around the grocery store wondering what to eat, or if there is already celery in the fridge.
Since exercise has such a powerful effect on brain energy and alertness, place your workouts at the times of day you most need them.