Everyday Management: The Art of Living

Many of us, especially the youth wants to become a manager. Many of them go through years of studies and hardships to become one. But few knew this fact, that knowingly or unknowingly we all are managing things. We all are managers at some point of our life. We are managing our lives. So, where does the difference comes? Why do most of us spend plenty of money and invest their time in doing something which we have been doing for years?

The difference is between management and good management. There is often a line of difference between management and good management, and often the line is not thin! So what is management? How do we define it? According to Wikipedia, Management is the act of coordinating the efforts of people to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Or simply said, it is the act of managing people and entities. The better you manage, the better manager you are. It can also be said as the proper use of available resources to maximize the output. Management can be applied in broadly two verticals. In our life and in our organisation. Management in our lives is much more crucial than management in our organisations. It is because we will not be able to manage our neighborhood if we are not ourselves managed.

Now comes the question, how can we manage ourselves? Or rather, how can we manage ourselves better, manage our lives better, to get the desired results. To answer this question, we need to first find out the answer to “What is the desired result?” Is it what makes us happy or is it what we achieve after working hard? We can classify these as, Success is getting what you like, and Happiness is liking what you get. So the most desired result can be when you are happily successful. That is you got what you like and are still loving it. Next is how we achieve this? We all make plenty of wishes, everyday. But very few of us work hard to fulfill those wishes. Why is it so? It is mainly because our wishes are not goals. The moment our wishes become our goal, the desired result shall be achieved. Now by goal we do not mean by an unrealistic task. It is a specific, measurable, achievable, and realistic and time bound goal. Here, we encounter one more question, why do we strive to move in this direction? It is because this path leads to better life with no frustration and sense of security and happiness, which is a state of mind, rather a peaceful mind. Thus, we need to move in a direction of our desired results implementing smart goals.

The manager also has one more important function. Be it in our organisation or in our lives, we all need to handle difficult situations. We need to steer our course through these situations, no matter how tough they are.

A person who is good in managing his life may or may not be able to manage his organisation that well. For that he needs a combination of three major entities: Knowledge, Skill and Attitude. Without knowledge he/she will not be able to grow within an organisation nor would he be able to make his organisation grow. Similarly, skill set is also required for proper management. Last but not the least, attitude is required. Incidentally, attitude is the most important factor from these. Positive attitude will help you make your way forward but negative attitude will take you downhill. A right combination of all three is a must. If anyone has knowledge and skill but not the right attitude, he/she will not be fit for organisation. It’s just like on your destination, you have the right vehicle, right speed, but not the right direction. You will never be able to reach your destination.

One last point which we would like to mention is applicable for today’s changing times. Taking reference from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, we may imply that the generation of today has changed, but the advice and the mind-set has not changed. We are living in the same state of mind in which we were many years before. We need to unlearn, learn and relearn, to survive today. We need to unlearn all that we have learnt since years, and need to relearn today’s conceptions. Thus making our lives better.

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