• Do well in the modern world: master the core skills you need for success

Self-Management

Control your life

All of us learn to manage our finances, but why don’t we learn to manage our lives? Who else can control YOUR life better than YOU?

However, self-managing isn’t a piece of cake. It is a crucial skill that allows people to be as productive as possible in every area of their lives by controlling their emotions, feelings, and activities.

Possessing self-management skills means to be responsible for your actions, continuously improve yourself, wisely manage your time, set goals and overcome procrastination. All of this will help you learn to avoid stress and enjoy everything you do.

Thus, whatever you want to improve can be improved, whether you want to be a better Scrabble player, guitarist, rock climber, parent, friend, consultant or leader.

Stop scapegoating

Self-managing requires self-cultivation. To gain it you should:

  • be self-disciplined;
  • live your values;
  • keep the promises you make;
  • cultivate good habits and refusing bad ones;
  • have a good work ethic;
  • be action-oriented;
  • be interesting;
  • be courteous and respectful;
  • keep healthy and taking care of yourself; training your body, mind, and spirit.

This list can go on forever, because there is no end to self-perfection.

Of course, you might think, “How can all of these things help me to cope with the problems I have? It’s not me; it’s my boss and colleagues who disturb me at work; it’s my wife or husband who gives troubles at home!”

Self-management means that we need to let go of scapegoating. Start changing yourself and you’ll see how problems turn out to be gripping challenges.

Put your career in order

Putting your house, your workplace, your daily routine, and your thoughts in order will do good not only to your general wellbeing, but will help your career development as well.

All the benefits are not one-sided, as both the employer and the worker will benefit from developing skills for self-management.

Modern, advanced employers are no longer interested in formal hierarchy where one individual has the authority to direct others’ actions. Instead, they want to distribute traditional functions of a manager between the members of the organization, such as planning their work, coordinating their actions with other employees, controlling and monitoring carrying out certain duties and tasks, and so on.

Such a mind-shift in organizational and management strategies, alongside the elimination of red tape, leads to inevitable flourishing in all levels of the organization, starting with happier workers who effectively communicate with their coworkers and customers, and demonstrate better productivity and better insight.

A doer or an onlooker?

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by the dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice,” said Steve Jobs. “And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

It’s always difficult to begin something, but if you really want to manage your life and time, you should do something rather than do nothing. It’s time to become a doer rather than an onlooker.

Y Skills Institute is ready to share lots of invaluable tools and techniques to let you stop watching your life and become the director of your own adventure!