Managing yourself and your emotions

Managing oneself is a skill that’s rarely taught.

At a high level, managing oneself means faithfully deploying personal and professional duties without losing control.

For most people, manging oneself becomes a priority in high school. Around that time, we get a taste of competing priorities and increasing deadlines. Optimally working is necessary for success.

The habits built in high-school and college carry into adulthood. Although, they aren’t as useful as the world becomes unstructured.

Most students ease into the transition by taking entry-level jobs that carry over a sense of structure from academia to avoid culture shock. However, I’ve found that those who learn to operate outside of it tend to grow the most post-college.

For me operating comes down to the following principles:

  • Do work to the best of your ability
  • Seek help sooner than later
  • Don’t sacrifice health or relationships
  • Show up on time and be responsive
  • Don’t be a bottleneck for others
  • Read when possible to constantly learn new things
  • Make space for your mental health when necessary

The best resource I’ve found is:
Managing Yourself by Peter Drucker.

A more philosophical book on the topic:
The Art of Living by Epictetus

One more in line with managing your emotions:
Awareness by Anthony De Mello

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