How to develop Self-Management skills?

Success starts with self-management. Some of the world’s most successful dentists are experts at self-management. Self-management is not just about managing time, but much more. It is the cornerstone of a successful and productive personal and professional life.What is Self-management?

Self-management is a critical employability skill that requires you to manage yourself before you can manage others. It is a skill that will not only help you as an apprentice, but throughout your career and your life. There are several aspects to self-management as mentioned below. If you can master these skills, you’ll be on track to a happy and successful life.

  1. Self-awareness

    Understanding oneself and the motivation behind one’s own behaviour is not only an important skill to have, but it is the foundation of developing self-management skills. Unless one doesn’t truly understand one’s own strengths and weaknesses, one will never be able to leverage those strengths and manage those weaknesses effectively. As a starting point, learn to recognise your emotions by observing them from an objective standpoint and articulating them. You may not always like what you see and hear, but instead of becoming defensive, try to remain open and accepting of them. Emotions can be managed only once they are understood.
    Self-awareness is a valuable skill that takes years to develop, so start working on it today.

  2. Listen

    How many times have you faltered because you didn’t listen to instructions properly or understand the question or task to be done? Listening is often an underrated skill, but one that is, in fact, important. Often, we are in such a tearing hurry to do, that we forget to listen to others and truly understand the problem or task at hand. Develop listening habits to get things done right the first time and save yourself hours of re-doing work.

  3. Goal Setting and Positivity

    Setting short-term and long-term goals helps in the efficient management of your tasks and gives you a direction in life. Goal-setting also fosters a positive outlook. Motivate yourself to achieve your goals with positive self-talk. Stay focussed on them and strive every day to get one step closer to them. Some days you might be more productive than others. Don’t beat yourself up on such days. Instead, always acknowledge your wins.

  4. Prioritisation

    Goal setting goes hand in hand with prioritisation of goals. Always prioritise your goals / work in the order of importance as this helps you to stay focussed on what is important on a day to day basis, without getting overwhelmed by the tasks on hand.

  5. Manage your time

    Once you have prioritised your goals, set aside realistic time lines for each of them. If you find yourself procrastinating, try to understand the reasons for the same. Often procrastination stems from the fear of not being able to do the task altogether or in the allotted time. In such times, break your task into smaller tasks or goals, re-assess your timelines for the same and work towards your goals one step at a time.

  6. Manage stress

    Managing your stress is an important part of self-management. One of the key skills that employers look for in a candidate is how effectively they can manage their emotions even when the going gets tough. One of the tricks to manage stress is to remember is that there’s always a solution. The energy that fuels an angry outburst as a result of stress, is the same energy that can be harnessed to find a solution and achieve your goals.

    So next time you are stressed, taking a step back to breathe, relax and think, while parking aside your negative emotions. This can go a long way in helping you arrive at an effective way to deal with a situation. Only once you are in a better frame of mind, will you be able to make the right decisions and work towards your goal.

  7. Manage your emotions

    Ultimately, emotion-management lies at the heart of self-management. In both your personal and
    professional life, you will encounter people and situations that make you feel uncomfortable, even angry. Try not to let your emotions dominate your behaviour towards them. This does not mean, being fake or repressing your emotions. It means expressing your emotions in a healthy manner where appropriate, so that your emotional balance and work output are not impacted.