Chapter 7

Mastering Personal Management

An important process in purposeful living is personal management. Personal management is what helps in directing and establishing you on the right path toward your destiny. Its simplest definition, personal management refers to the planning, organising, directing, and coordinating various aspects of your life so that you achieve your life’s purpose.

To effectively manage yourself, you need to possess a strong and independent will.

Personal management is a necessary skill in today’s complex world if we want to recognise our hidden potential. We need to master effective personal management principles if we are going to maximise the usage of our skills to be able to come up with solutions to our daily challenges.

Personal management helps you control your life and build meaningful interpersonal relationships in the pursuit of your passion and purpose. Through personal management, you can break from your confines and live a fulfilled life.

The Four Rules of Self-Management

If you want to become an effective person who knows how to manage your affairs and take control of your life, there are four rules that you need to observe. These rules will act as your personal guiding system as you work toward discovering your purpose.

The first thing that you must do is map your life. This step will allow you to understand yourself regarding who you are, where you are coming from, and where you are going. This will provide you with an orientation of purpose and direction. Mapping out your life is the core of every success that you will achieve in your life.

The second rule that you need to observe is to review your assumptions. Everyone has a belief system and a unique perspective that is used to assess ourselves. Some of the assumptions that you hold can hinder your journey to achieving your life goals and finding happiness. Reviewing the assumptions that you hold will allow you to look inside yourself and count your weaknesses and strengths.

Once you have reviewed your assumptions, the third rule you need to observe is to organise yourself and your potential to achieve your desired goals. Without this self-organisation, even the skills that you possess have the potential to be easily dissolved and rendered useless.

The fourth rule is to develop your abilities, which is closely linked with self-organisation. This includes the development and improvement of your imagination, introspection, and willpower, along with other skills. These will greatly enhance your capacity to express yourself.

The Power of a Strong and Independent Will

Will refers to the ability to make decisions and choices and act in accordance with them. It is a proactive approach to carrying out the program that you have developed for your life. The extent of your personal integrity measures the degree of will development in your life. The higher the level of your integrity, the more independent your will. Integrity is simply your ability to make commitments and follow through with them.

Effective personal management requires that you prioritise things in your life. As a self-manager, your discipline to organise the various aspects of your life should come from within. You must be a discipline of your own value system. Being independent will give you the power to do something even when you do not want to, as long as it is in line with your underlying values.

To develop your will, you must start by setting up and achieving small resolutions. This can give you the momentum and the zeal to move on and take on more substantial assignments. You can boost your willpower through clarity of purpose, the priority of purpose, good planning, and determination.

Time Management

Another essential personal management skill is your ability to manage your time. Time management skills help you to organise and execute your tasks based on your priorities. Each of us has the same number of hours and how we use them determines the extent of our success or failure.

To manage the time that you have, you need to prioritise and discipline yourself. Whenever the tasks overwhelm you, you should learn to effectively delegate to reliable and capable people. This will give you more time to focus on your remaining tasks.

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