Please join me for a fun series. My mission, and I’ve chosen to accept it, is to write a post based on each letter of the alphabet. The English major inside of me is very excited about this project…and my inner nerd is even more fired up! Keep checking back as I tackle the intangibles of sport…from A to Z.
When you walk past the mirror, are you shocked at what you see? Are you just a shell of your former, bubbly and exuberant self? Is the pep that used to be in your step missing in action? Maybe it’s time to take an honest look at how you’re going about your business and figure out how long you can run yourself into the ground without losing your love of the game.
Time management seems like a cliché phrase. But what it is, in reality, is a way for us to get the important stuff done when it needs to be done…and either delegate or wait on the rest. Here’s how we can go about doing it.
Three ways to organize and prioritize your life
- Necessary. Managing our time means we have to admit that we can’t do everything, all the time. I know it’s tough, but it’s a necessary step to take. Once we come clean with ourselves that we have more than twenty four hours worth of work…then we can come up with a plan to accomplish our goals. That could mean empowering our assistant coaches to take on more of the load, using student workers, taking our office support staff up on their offers to help us out. But the first, and necessary, step is to admit that we can’t do it all.
- Notebook. Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t get along without my note pads. I write everything in them. My to-do lists, ideas I have for my team, ideas I come up with for the blog…all sorts of stuff. If someone pops into my office and asks me to do something, I put it in the notebook. I tell my team that unless they see me writing it down in the book, they should assume that it won’t get done…if I don’t write something down, it doesn’t exist in my world.
- Nap. Go to sleep people! I know coaches “get after it” and work crazy hours and whatnot…but we still have to go to bed at some point. Lack of sleep lowers our ability to function so much so that Amnesty International has deemed sleep deprivation as torture. Lack of sleep is so entrenched in the coaching culture (I have a coffee press in my office…primed and ready to go!) that we accept it as normal. But is it? Check out my post, Rediscovering The Value Of Sleep for more info.
Of course there will always be short spurts of time where we feel frazzled and as if we’re being pulled in a million directions. If that feeling becomes the norm, then it’s time to reevaluate our organizational system.