Mastering Self-Management Kelsey MacPherson & Jessica Nolan
“It is not enough to be busy… the question is: What are we busy about?” - Henry David Thoreau
Acting on Purpose • DO IMPORTANT THINGS FIRST, before they become urgent • Be a creator, not a procrastinator
Acting on Purpose Quadrant I (Important and Urgent): • Important activities done under pressure of nearing deadlines • Considered “cramming” • Is the result of procrastination
Acting on Purpose Quadrant II (Important and Not Urgent): • Important activities done without pressure of nearing deadlines • It’s the quadrant you want to be in • Successfully being in quadrant II means you are a creator
Acting on Purpose Quadrant III (Not Important and Urgent): • Unimportant activities done with a sense of urgency • We become victims in this quadrant
Acting on Purpose Quadrant IV (Not Important and Not Urgent): • Called time wasters • Everyone wastes time, but some get into the habit of wasting too much time. • Procrastination plays a big role
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” - Colin Powell
Employing Self-Management Tools Effective self-management is choices that maximize the time spent in quadrants I & II. These choices can be managed daily in forms of Monthly Calendars, Next Action Lists, and Tracking Forms.
Employing Self-Management Tools Monthly Calendars • Provides overview of commitments • Can be electronic or on paper.
Employing Self-Management Tools Next Action Lists • Contain long and short term goals • Set positive activities rather than time wasters
Employing Self-Management Tools Tracking Forms • Helps you coordinate activities to achieve goals • Use time lines for better time usage
Employing Self-Management Tools Example: Alyssa LePage (pg 101) was not sure how to manage college work but started to keep a monthly calendar in her room and wrote everything down which allowed her to become organized and allowed her to succeed.
“To be disciplined or non disciplined is a choice you make every minute and every hour of your life. Discipline is nothing more than the process of focusing on any chosen activity without interruption until that activity is complete.” - Charles J. Givens
Developing Self-Discipline Staying Focused • Everyone has loss of focus • Struggling people lose focus for more than days • Avoiding time wasters makes less pressure for looming deadlines
Developing Self-Discipline Being Persistent • Focus is self-discipline in thought, persistence is self-discipline in action • If at first you don’t succeed try, try again
Developing Self-Discipline Example: Holt Boggs (pg. 107) was struggling in his electronics class, he started using a 32-day commitment program and studied more frequently and succeeded in the class.
“You always have to focus in life on what you want to achieve.” - Michael Jordan
Self-Management at Work • Using self-management tools in the workplace will lead to workplace success as well as employer happiness.
Develop Self-Confidence Create a Success Identity • Stack one small victory over another • Genuine self-confidence results from a history of success, and a history of success results from taking purposeful actions
Develop Self-Confidence Celebrate your Successes and Talents • Celebrate every success no matter the size • Compliment yourself when showing talent • Reward yourself for bigger successes
Develop Self-Confidence Visualize Purposeful Actions • You choose what you think about, choose success • Visualize positive outcomes on upcoming events • I think I can, I think I can
Summary You are responsible for your own time and actions. Being a creator and using your time well will result in positive feedback and positive attitudes. Choosing to procrastinate and cram will up the stress level and decrease efficiency.