Time management tips for athletes
As a high school or college player, you probably feel overwhelmed at times. Like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. It can be tough balancing classes, homework, practice, weight training, and time to relax with family and friends. And as challenging as it can be, you have to remember, “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Being an athlete means you have more responsibilities and obligations than a “regular” student. Wear that like a badge of honor. And keep in mind you have the same number hours in your day (24) that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have in their day!
Here are 5 quotes to help you prioritize and better manage your time:
- It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Plan your day the night before. Don’t go to sleep until you know exactly what needs to get done the following day. Have a prioritized “to do” list and stick to it. Being organized is the first step in managing your time effectively.
- Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t control. You can’t control the fact you teach said you have a paper due Friday. But you can control how you approach it. Complaining about the due date will get you nowhere. Put all of your energy and effort into the things you can actually have effect on!
- If you don’t have the time to do it right, when you will have time to do it over? Don’t cut corners. Don’t rush through things just get them done. Everything you do is a reflection of yourself. Put your best foot forward in your first attempt, it will save you time later!
- Don’t confuse being busy with being productive. Do you know that 80% of your results come from 20% of your time? That’s why a prioritized “to do” list is so important. Don’t get bogged down by trivial things, cut right to the important stuff. Focus on the stuff that gives you the most return.
- Do what has to be done. Do it when it has to be done. Do it as well as you can.Do it this way all of the time. That is the definition of discipline. If you are disciplined with yourself, you will be disciplined with your time.
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Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the nationally renowned DeMatha Catholic High School boys basketball program. He spent 7 years serving a similar position with the Montrose Christian basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal after years of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players.