Self-management is an essential life skill for any entrepreneur. It helps in shaping you as a person not only in your entrepreneurial journey but also in your personal life. After all, being content and efficient with everything you do is the ultimate goal.
This article is part 1 of 4 in our series on Self-Management. It is based on the AMA session we had with Coach Cheenu G Srinivasan as part of the NICE Arohana 1 workshop series. Cheenu is a certified Leadership, Executive and, HappYness Coach with over 15,000 hours of coaching experience. He believes that everyone in the world should attain both happiness and success in whatever they pursue.
Cheenu is a NICE Friend and is part of the NICE community.
Your actual personality is often different from what others perceive of you. Draw a line between what you think people think about you and what really shapes you as a person.
Be honest and authentic to yourself about the choices you make and base your actions on them.
This quote accurately represents how we perceive ourselves.
Debunking it every step of the way will help us reflect on our choices better and form a solid personality of ourselves.
Criticism is a key factor involved in growth. We need to learn how to take it in a mature way and rectify our actions accordingly.
Our mind sometimes creates a facade and we become delusional about who we are as a person. Be truthful to yourself and be open to criticism.
The last two years have been surreal and harsh on most people. Overcoming emotional and financial hurdles during this period has inevitably left us exhausted and dispirited. However, it is during difficult times like these that we must stay optimistic and positive about the experience.
It is imperative to look at the bright side even in the toughest of situations.
One of the most vital skills is to remain organized. Organizing your daily schedule and tasks allows you to concentrate on what needs to get done that day instead of being distracted by things around you.
Here are a few ways you can inculcate it in your day-to-today life.
Your sleep must be self-induced and peaceful in order to make you feel energetic, uplifted, and ready for the day to come. “Sleep on it” is a phrase that is not just said but is also needed to be put into effect. Sleeping over a disputed problem/issue always ensures you wake up with a path to the solution.
Meditate for 30 mins on a regular day and for an hour on a stressful day. Yes! That is how vital a role it plays in helping you relax.
So spread that yoga mat and get going.
Anger is yet another enemy when dealing with self-management. We cannot be inspiring or helpful when upset. Try this whenever you want to cool yourself down:
This exercise diverts all your mental engagement to your visual senses rather than your emotional senses, thus breaking you out of a nerve-racking emotion.
For instance, in the case of a professor teaching a course, if a student in his class fails to understand what is being taught, the former must take the onus and modify his teaching for the latter.
Focus on your end of the problem and constantly try to work towards it to solve problems better.
Engaging with like-minded people is worthwhile, helping you out of a slump sooner.
Remove the facade of what others perceive you are. Take criticism in a constructive way to shape your actions in a better manner. Maintain good organizational skills. Be open to change. Take full responsibility for your actions. Be punctual. Maintain a routine. Be content with yourself, especially on the days when you have given your best.
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Continue reading Part 2 – What Does it Take to Embrace the Idea of Self-Management
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