Self-management is a becoming a rare but required skill, especially in this new information economy, and has often become a setback for many business owners and entrepreneurs, I myself had fallen prey to this many times. Let’s get started by defining what it is, ‘self-management is the management of or by oneself; the taking of responsibility for one’s own behaviour and well-being’.
We all think we manage our time well, but do we really? I’m sure there had been a time, where you needed to do something, whether it was to learn a new skill, a new language or even starting a project that you had in mind, but just didn’t get around to doing it. To make matters even tougher it’s not only about time management or completing tasks on time, it’s also about discovering your strengths, recognising how you best work with others and identifying environments that are just right for you.
So, how do you actually manage yourself effectively, not just in the sense of creating a schedule or a routine and sticking to it, although these practical tips are helpful, their effectiveness depends greatly on us to perform consistently. As Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Consistently completing a large task broken down into small pieces that are completed throughout a period of time can go a long way.
However, I would like to briefly move on to a book I recently found called ‘Managing Oneself’ written by Peter F. Drucker, who explains in great detail on cultivating a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses. He strongly believed when you operate with a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge could you achieve true and lasting excellence.
Drucker splits the book into small chapter-like subheadings in the form of questions and small statements:
- What are my Strengths?
- How do I Perform?
- What are my Values?
- Where do I Belong?
- What should I Contribute?
- Responsibility for Relationships
- The Second half of your life
If you’re a person that knows you are slacking and are able to accomplish so much more? I recommend you give this book a shot. And do not be fooled by the 72 page book, it’s definitely one that packs a punch and puts things in perspective quite easily.
You can grab yourself a copy of the book – Managing Oneself ‘Peter F. Drucker’ from Amazon UK here.
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