As a manager, you need to constantly grow so you can manage your team efficiently. But it's also a full-time job to manage yourself. It's something you need to nail down.
We all get caught up in tasks, chores, work, etc. As humans, we have a tendency to believe we're not going to be successful if we haven't stressed or over-worked. It's a terrible stigma to overcome. When you finally reflect on all those hours you've spent worrying and the long hours in the office. It's normally too late to change.
Management is something you keep learning. You pick it up as you go on and progress. You can participate in all the management courses across the globe, and they'll always teach you the obvious skills for managing others--communication and teamwork.
But seriously, if you're not managing yourself effectively how do you expect to manage your team? Here are six rules I live by when managing myself.
1. Work hard
You need to be prepared to work hard. Understand this won't change any time soon and be okay with it. You can't expect efficiency from your team if you aren't willing to put in the effort yourself.
Organization and time management is essential. To be effective you need to be ruthless with your time. Find ways to avoid procrastination-- it's life's biggest time waster, literally.
If you learn to see management as I do, you might focus better. It's work that is completed behind the scenes. No one sees it but it's fundamental.
2. Be healthy
Often working hard means being busy. Too busy sometimes. It's hard to prioritize what you need to manage first or consistently.
Your health might seem like stating the obvious. But how many times have you skipped lunch to finish a task? Your health should come first if you are wanting to live a long life. It should also be consistently managed.
I could sit and list general advice, but the main one I think you should consider is your state of worry. Mental health is just as important as your physical. Start to recognize when you can't control or change something. Accept and adapt to the situation.
3. Speak the truth
Rightly so, honesty is the best policy. However, you don't just start laying it on thick all the negative thoughts you might have of somebody.
Most people learned from a young age-- if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. This still applies through all walks of life. Just don't lie. You won't be hated for saying how you truly feel but you will be known for it. Better to be known for being blunt than a liar.
An employer expects honesty when they hire you. It might not be easy to give some bad news but there'll still be trust between you.
4. Sharing is caring
At my agency, we share everything we know. Same applies between every individual employee-- including the managers and directors. The more you give out, the more you'll get back.
Some people make the mistake of believing there's intellectual competition among colleagues. So, you're withholding what you know from that individual you're managing. How do you expect them to contribute effectively to your team? You'll be creating more work for yourself to pick up.
5. Be decisive
No one likes to be around someone who sits on the fence-- especially if it's your manager. You need to be someone who will take the leap. There'll be times when you will be wrong but you never know what will happen. That's the beauty of it.
Making a difficult decision can be easily tackled. Take all the facts and process them. Ask those around you for some advice. Listen to that gut-feeling and your intuition. Finally, have the courage to make it.
Believe that if it's a mistake you can learn from it. And know that if it's wrong you have evidence to back-up what you believed to be the right decision.
6. Enjoy yourself, always
As soon as you stop enjoying it, you lose your passion. To do anything well you need to have the passion for it. Rather than question, is this really what I want to do? Focus on finding the pleasure in a job well done.
In a chaotic world, you need to recognize and celebrate those little victories.
It's about balance. Not work-life balance but the balance in work. Learn to pinpoint the times when you have to be serious. For the majority of the time though, find humor in most situations. You might notice you've been enjoying yourself the whole time.