Remember when you were a child and you thought that when you grew up, you’d be able to do whatever you wanted? How wrong we all were.
For many of us, it’s harder to achieve goals as adults because no one is pushing us. That is, until we learn the self-management skills that let us push ourselves.
Self-Management Skills Everyone Can Use
One of the few guarantees in life is that you will lose motivation every now and then. Keep yourself on track with these self-management techniques.
1. Creating Accountability Systems
Everyone talks about setting clear goals and writing them down. As important as that is, it’s rarely the only thing we need to keep us moving.
Hold yourself accountable for each task. For some people, positive reinforcement works best, so set rewards you can earn. For instance, if you complete this task today, you can watch the new episode of your favorite TV show.
Other people are more motivated by negative consequences. You might tell yourself that if you don’t complete that task, you have to deep-clean your refrigerator.
Use trial and error to find the rewards or consequences that motivate you best. Above all, track them in your planner and follow through with them.
2. Crafting Success-Based Routines
Sometimes we have big goals but we never start the little steps it takes to achieve them. This especially true if we’re working toward multiple goals at the same time.
Set up a daily routine that includes steps toward each of your goals. This might include an exercise regimen, reaching out to business contacts, organizing one area of your home each day, and more.
When you have that routine, keep track and hold yourself accountable. A bullet journal is a simple way to see your progress.
3. Managing Stress
As important as motivation is, you can’t solve all of life’s problems by working harder. In fact, pushing yourself too hard and burning out will do more harm than good in the long run.
Make your mental health a priority and include stress management in your daily routine.
There are plenty of helpful options: meditation, exercise, aromatherapy, bubble baths, reading a book, or playing a video game to name a few. Find out what works and make time for it.
4. Being Selectively Social
Self-management isn’t just about you. None of us exist in a vacuum, so the people you surround yourself with will impact your success too.
Keep this in mind as you look around your social group. If there are people in your life who push you to do things that go against your goals, take a step back.
Try making friends with people who have similar goals. This could include your co-workers or other people in your industry. If weight loss or fitness is a key goal for you, get social with other people at your gym.
Being Your Own Boss
Whether you’re your own employer or you just need to hold yourself accountable for your outside goals, self-management is no easy task. In many ways, it’s easier to motivate others than it is to motivate ourselves.
If you’re struggling, the self-management skills above can help you get out of your own way and get on the road to success.
For more help, check out the Elisi self-management app.