So many books have been written about managing others; many more than have been written about managing yourself.
But I honestly feel that unless you can manage and deal with yourself, the quality of your management style with others may well be poor.
What can you do to ensure you get the best from yourself? Here are some tips:
Monitor you work hours and check when you get the best out of yourself. You may be a morning person, so devote that time to doing the most creative work. If afternoons are your bag, highlight things you can do when you’re on top form. Set a time for finishing work and stick to it.
Recognise and manage any signs of stress. Monitor whether the signs are more mental or physical. remember that stress can show itself in different ways, so make sure to keep on top of it.
Ask your team how they want to be communicated with. Have regular meetings with your boss and team. Don’t let emails overwhelm you.
Praise and recognise others’ performance regularly. A quick and sincere ‘thank you’ can work wonders for others and you.
Focus on what’s important, not just urgent. It’s no use being busy, but not achieving anything.
Have a balance between physical, intellectual and emotional activities. Stretch yourself mentally often. Stick to an exercise regime. Spend quality time with those who matter most.
Find yourself a coach or mentor. This is very important if you are going to manage your work and career. Look for someone who looks at your success and your career in a positive way.
Revisit Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ to make sure you keep on top of what’s expected of you, and learn how to manage your emotional state.
Originally published: 8 December, 2010
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