Perspective can mean everything. For some leaders, managing others has been refined to a science. Workflow and production run without a hitch, employees are driven, monitored, and results fall perfectly into forecasts. Why then, when it is so easy to catch glitches and overcome obstacles for others, can it be challenging to look at ourselves with the same clarity? What of the managers who run perfectly efficient work teams, but find themselves taking shortcuts, missing commitments, and feeling overwhelmed.
Self management is a skill that can take years to master and a lifetime to maintain. Self management is not just about time management, nor is it simply the art of making to-do lists. It does involve learning to resist or delay an impulse. Self management as a practice is similar to managing others, and involves goal setting, action planning, inspiration, and execution.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track: