Manage yourself not time because time is a finite resource, it just keeps ticking away. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, what we do with them makes all the difference. It is not our time that needs to be managed, it is our energy. People spend a major chunk of their daytime hours in a semi-conscious state of distraction. Thinking about something that happened in the past or dreaming of the future a little too much. But past can not be corrected, and future is not certain. Then why waste energy in “what if’s”? Activity is not enough, productivity matters.

Manage Yourself | 5 steps to productivity

Recognizing and acknowledging is the first step to correct anything. Till you are unaware, you can not make amends. Self-assessment helps in identifying the chain of thoughts that doesn’t produce any useful outcomes but takes up 70% of your active hours. Making yourself aware will give you a chance to bring your attention back to the present.

Engaging yourself in the activities you perform or conversations you do, helps you to stay in the present moment. The chances of your thoughts wandering, will minimize.

Reframe and reinvent yourself every once in a while. I have observed my mentors reinventing themselves to success. Shed the thoughts and perspectives that are holding you back from achieving next levels of success. Focus on what you can control instead of focusing on what you can not.

Releasing or letting go of things, thoughts and people are very important. Without uncluttering, you can not make space for the things that really matters. Rebooting helps in clearing the thoughts that no longer serves your purpose.

Appreciate and celebrate small victories. The positivity adds up and boosts self-confidence and builds your self-image up. List down the things you feel grateful about and read them out loud before going to the bed and after waking up in the morning. Focusing on your successes will attract more positive things to you.

Self-management begins at managing your energy levels. Consciously giving your energy a direction will lead to much more productive days which will eventually compound to productive months and years.

Self-management, therefore, is all about becoming your own leader by training your mental, physical, social and intellectual faculties in different ways.


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