We can all use a few time management tips, right?
As a student athlete, time management can be very difficult.
Sports continue to become more and more demanding on your kids time.
It’s critical for your athlete to keep perspective on what’s important and not get burned out.
That is, however, easier said than done.
In today’s video I discuss 4 time management tips that can help your athlete perform better and stay on top of all their activities.
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5 Time Management Tips for Student Athletes
1. Use some form of calendar or organizer.
If you right something down or place something in a calendar it makes it real.
There’s something about planning and scheduling events that puts a sense of urgency on those items.
Try scheduling your time in blocks every day.
Stick to that schedule and you’ll be amazed at how efficient you can become.
If you are looking for a digital tool, Google calendar is a great and it works on any smartphone or computer.
2. Eliminate distractions.
In today’s world we are bombarded with constant distractions.
Studies have shown that it takes, on average, 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption.
That means that just 2 distractions can cost you nearly an hour of lost time.
You have to turn off your phone when studying.
This will maximize your study time and ensure your phone doesn’t cause you to lose time.
Social media is an absolute time killer.
Spend less time on social media by scheduling time for it.
Choose 3 or 4 times a day but limit yourself to 15 minutes for each block.
3. Spread out the work.
When you get to the middle school and high school level, most teachers will give you a schedule for assignments over the course of the semester.
If not for every assignment, certainly the bigger projects.
Take advantage of knowing these schedules.
Break the work into smaller blocks until it’s due.
How many times have you had a big assignment that you knew about for weeks but didn’t start until the week before.
Then it becomes a fire drill and you have to throw everything else aside while you finish it.
Schedule regular blocks of time to work on these projects so you don’t go nuts and lose tons of time before it’s due.
4. Learn to say no.
It’s Wednesday night and there’s great new movie in the theater.
Your best friend is asking you to go but you have time scheduled to work on a project due in 3 weeks.
This is a huge project and you have created regular blocks to work on it (Great job!)
You can probably miss this one time, right?
Unfortunately, one time turns into two.
Two times turns into three.
And then you’ll just decide to do it all the week it’s due.
You have to learn to say no.
If you don’t say know to those types of things you are going to really struggle with your schedule.
It’s tough to say know but so many times it will make the difference between success and failure.
5. Use your weekend wisely.
The weekends can’t just be your time to unwind and sleep the day away.
Make your weekends count.
Now, I’m not saying you should relax on the weekends.
But make sure you schedule the time on your weekends too.
Don’t waste all of this time vegging out in front of the TV.
I hope you found value with these time management tips.
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