Managing yourself

Fear is not your friend

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Fear is a powerful motivator. Entrepreneurs use fear to motivate themselves; CEOs often use fear to motivate themselves and their employees. After a while, it's easy to consider fear as a valuable tool, a friend. Too bad it isn't true.

Fear of missing deadlines, fear of not having enough money, and fear of failure gets people up and keeps them running all day. Fear as a motivator kicks in sometime after a person leaves college, starts to work in a business career, and realizes that, at the rate he's earning, he's going to have to spend the next ten years paying off his college loans and credit card debt.

Budgeting your attention

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As you probably already know, the most important aspect of time management is deciding where you will spend your attention.

It's difficult to practice good attention allocation because anyone with a need can interrupt you at any time, using a variety of methods to access you and hijack your attention.

One of the most famous, and still-relevant self-management tools is Stephen Covey's four-quadrant matrix for importance and urgency ("important/not important, urgent/not urgent").

We all know we spend far too much time on the urgent/not important tasks; and, if we are totally honest with ourselves, we also spend too much time in the "not important/not urgent" category.

Managing your passion

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If you own or run a company, you're passionate. Certain things matter to you. Every day, in every interaction, your passion determines how you manage yourself and those who work for you - employees and vendors.

Your passion is a powerful force. If you manage it correctly, you will:


  • Make the right decisions about what is important and what is not



  • Allocate the right amount of energy to the important things



  • Convey the right messages to employees and vendors about what matters



  • Create and run a balanced company




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