5 Common Behaviors of Self-Managing People

I’m a colleague of Nan’s. It’s been several months since I posted on Current Musings. With cooler temperatures and a new school calendar starting; I thought it a perfect time to share what’s on my mind and perhaps yours.

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed this week with a lengthy to-do list, changing schedules and pressing work deadlines. I need to get grounded quickly. So, I picked up Nan’s most recent book, It’s Not About Time – How to Thrive and Get the Results You Want at Work and in Life for some perspective and real-world tips. Skimming the table of contents, Chapter 1 – What Do You Want? and the specific topic of Self-Management grabbed my attention.

What is Self-Management? The Olympic swimmer, author Sarah Connors describes it like this, “Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.” Self-managing people display common sense, but uncommonly practiced behaviors. While there are many of these behaviors, here are five that resonated with me:

  • They set boundaries for themselves, making time for what matters to them while understanding life’s ebbs and flows can change their priorities.
  • They know what they want and work towards achieving it, applying the power of incremental progress.
  • They look in the mirror first to see what they can do better; they’re accountable to themselves for themselves–for their results, actions, and inactions.
  • They invest time in fixing the problem, training the new person, figuring out better ways; they “stop the bleeding” before moving forward.
  • They offer help and assistance to others, build strong relationships, and share their knowledge and talents.

Since getting grounded quickly is a priority, I decided to focus first on setting a few boundaries for myself and family related activities understanding that the next few weeks priorities will shift as demands on our time fluctuate but – keeping what matters most to us – will be front and center. To discover more self-management behaviors, download Chapter 1.

Until next time take good care and be safe out there.