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Part IV: Self-Management > Lessons Learned

Chapter 25. Lessons Learned

We are our own worst enemies. Get on your own side. Stop and look at self-management skills that are working. Treasure them. Step back and see what’s not working. If the vision is blurry, ask for help from those who know you and whom you respect. Or get help from a nonbiased objective observer. Be realistic.

  • Different situations trigger feelings of isolation and loneliness for each of us. Pinpoint the specific reasons and what you are missing (people, information, organization). Substitute with alternatives.

  • Identify reasonable habits for yourself. Use a barometer for flagging when “yielding to temptation” is getting out of hand. Remove yourself from temptations that tend to be excessive, or plan time in your day to enjoy them in a reasonable measure.

  • Prioritize and take leisure time each week even if your business includes weekend commitments. Redefine your own weekend of Tuesday and Wednesday. Make vacation commitments to others so you make it happen. Unplanned sickness from overwork is costlier than planned vacations and leisure to recharge your physical and mental batteries.

  • Learn to feel comfortable spending time that does not directly bring in revenue.

  • You don’t have to be the Jack-of-all-trades as well as the master-of-all-trades. Ask for and get help when you need it.


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