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Being educated, intellectually skillful and creative work is only one part of the smart way of living a life. The second one is having “Life Skills/ Life management skills. Being smart and educated doesn’t correlate with making good life choices at all. Developing life skills early in life is very important

So, what are the Life Management Skills or Life Skills?

According to Wikipedia, Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. This concept is also termed as psychosocial competency

Unfortunately, we don’t learn these life skills at school, and from our parents and siblings in most cases. Because they’re so rare, not many people know how to work smart and how to manage their lives properly. Luckily with an internet connection and Books, smart people sharing their knowledge. So now we have access to all the information we need for developing life management skills.  Because Life is not a rehearsal; you need to get it right the first time.

 Essential Life Management Skills

The UNICEF Evaluation Office suggests that “there is no definitive list” of psychosocial skills. nevertheless UNICEF enumerates psychosocial and interpersonal skills that are generally well-being oriented, and essential alongside literacy and numeracy skills.

Certain skills may be more or less relevant to you depending on your life circumstances, your culture, beliefs, age, geographic location, etc. However, in 1999, the World Health Organization identified six key areas of life skills

1. Interpersonal skills & Communication:

This broadly describes the skills needed to get on and work with other people. And efficiently to transfer and receive messages either in writing or verbally.

2. Problem-solving and Decision-making:

This describes the skills required to understand problems, find solutions to them, alone or with others, and then take timely action/decision to address them.

3. Critical thinking and creative thinking:

This describes the ability to think in different and unusual ways about problems, and find new solutions, or generate new ideas, coupled with the ability to assess information carefully and understand its relevance.

4. Self-awareness and empathy

are two key parts of emotional intelligence-They describe understanding yourself and being able to feel for other people as if their experiences were happening to you.

5. Assertiveness and equanimity, or self-control:

These describe the skills needed to stand up for yourself and other people and remain calm even in the face of considerable provocation

6. Resilience and ability to cope with problems:

which describes the ability to recover from setbacks, and treat them as opportunities to learn from those experiences.

Besides, it is also true that different life skills will be more or less relevant at different times in your life. For example:

  • When at school or university, we need “Study skills”, to pass exams, write reports and make presentations, etc.
  • When buying a house or anything expensive, we need to employ “Negotiation skills” along with patience and good temper
  • We need to work on your employability skills to get a job.
  • When we have a job, we need to develop leadership skills. (To Lead teams/groups and grow professionally)
  • We need financial management skills to learn about money handling and investments
  • When we start a family, we’ll need Parenting skills.
  • We also know that Time management and Organizing skills are also important in life, which are ancillary to all other Skills.

But, perhaps the most important life skill is the ability and willingness to learn.

By learning new skills, we increase our understanding of the world around us and equip ourselves with the tools we need to live a more productive and fulfilling life. It helps in finding ways to cope with the challenges that life, inevitably, throws at us.

Most people associate learning with formal education, but learning can, and should, be a lifelong process that enhances our understanding of the world and improves the quality of our life.

-Shoaib Ahmed

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