How To Manage Yourself

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We’ve all had a manager who didn’t bring out the best in us. It can be frustrating and ultimately it can hold you back. But what about the way you manage yourself? How you do motivate yourself, get organised and keep your work/life balance at the right ratio? It can seem like a tall order. These four tips can help you to get started!

Know Yourself

A good manager will first get to know his or her workforce and identify their good points and areas for development before attempting any changes. It is sometimes challenging (and not always productive) to examine our own pros and cons, but it is always worthwhile examining our patterns of behaviour. This is not what we set out to do but what we actually achieve and how we get there. Try this; at the beginning of the week/month, write down all you want to do. Then compare what was actually completed. Did your expectations match your results? If not, why not? What impact did that have?

What’s your goal?

Do you have a to-do list? Do you have more than one to-do list? Sometimes we have so many goals to achieve and tasks to complete that we become overwhelmed. Trapped in a cycle of never getting everything done. Rather than working harder, or longer, perhaps it’s time to streamline. What needs to be done, today, this week, this month. Remove all tasks and distractions that aren’t a priority. Record all these things in a safe place – you can always come back to them, but they’re not cluttering up your task list or head space.

Tune in

Look at your energy levels. Some people are morning people, others are night owls. But for most it just isn’t that simple. Many factors contribute to our well being and productivity, not only the time of day. For example, do certain foods or drinks give you energy? Do certain people leave you feeling inspired…or drained? Do you yearn for green spaces or bright city lights? It may sound a little corny but all these things and more can alter our energy and motivation levels. Being mindful of where and how you spend your working/studying time can give you an insight into where you work best.


You’ve done a great job. Thank you. The words we all want to hear from our manager or tutor. Positive feedback can be a real motivator, especially coming from someone we hold in regard. How much credit do you give yourself? It can be worth listening to your inner voice. No, really! Are you kind to yourself? Do you forgive yourself? Negative thought patterns are easy to slip into, to the point where you may not even regard them as negative. There’s no easy answer with this one, but being aware is the first step if you want to make changes. The next time you’ve done something worthwhile (by your own definition), met a deadline, resisted giving up or rose to the challenge then take time to consciously congratulate yourself.

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