by Mandy Green, Busy Coach
I really appreciate that you read my articles in the Tudor Collegiate Strategies newsletter, I do. Having said that, just know that I mean this question with no disrespect, “How good are you at actually applying the information you read every Tuesday?”
I ask this because as I continue to train coaches on how to manage their time and get better organized so they can perform at the highest level for their career, their team, and for their family, I’m finding more and more how many coaches actually hate this topic . . . at first.
These are pretty common responses I get all the time when I tell coaches or business professionals that I can help them cut the time it takes to run their day to day operations in half and get higher quality work done in less time with less effort:
“There is no way I can manage my day any better than I already am because I have so many things to do.”
“I am being interrupted all of the time or I have all of these obligations.”
“It is hard to believe that I could actually have harmony in my life, so why even bother trying to do better with my scheduling each day?”
This is my typical response when I hear these things-
“If you don’t have a high level of focus or discipline to work on the right things, you are wasting time and things are taking longer to finish so as a program, you are probably working a lot more hours than you need to, which is taking away your free time to spend at home with family and friends.”
As we head into the new year soon, I wanted to give you 7 good reasons you should focus on learning to manage your time more of a priority this year:
You can accomplish more with less effort
Better time management can help you do more of what you have to do – faster. This doesn’t mean cutting corners or a decrease in quality. You just do what you have to do quicker (office paperwork) so you can do what you want to do sooner (coaching your sport or going home to spend more time with your family).
You feel calmer and more in control
When you don’t have control of your time, it’s easy to end up feeling rushed and overwhelmed with all there is to do. And when that happens, coaches tend to work harder and longer which leads to burnout and fatigue. Once you learn how to manage your time, you no longer subject yourself to that level of stress. Besides it being better for your health, you have a clearer picture of the demands on your time.
Free time is necessary
Everyone needs time to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, though, many of us don’t get enough of it. Between office responsibilities, recruiting, family responsibilities, errands, and upkeep on the house and the yard, most of us are hard-pressed to find even 10 minutes to sit and do nothing.
Having good time management skills helps you find that time. When you’re more structured, focused, and disciplined to get the right things done, you’re going to get more done in less time. You accumulate extra time throughout your day that you can use later to relax, unwind, and prepare for a good night’s sleep.
You have more energy
Your ability to manage time has a direct effect on your energy levels. Strange but true — the act of finishing tasks often brings a level of satisfaction and energy that makes you feel good. The importance of time management here? It will help you do more of those endorphin releasing activities.
Become more successful in your career
Time management is the key to success. It allows you to take control of your life and career rather than following the flow of others. As you accomplish more each day, make more sound decisions, and feel more in control, people notice. Your team will notice that you are more organized and have more energy to lead and run your practices. Your administration will notice that you are happier, more organized, and will see it in your team’s results.
You enjoy your life more
After all, that’s what it’s about, isn’t it? What’s the importance of time management in your life? The more value you put on your time, the greater your ability to learn how to do what matters so you can enjoy life more.
Managing how you use your time is a means to an end, but it brings enjoyment and satisfaction in its own right as well.
Accomplish your vision and goals
Time management is ultimately about working a vision backwards into strategic and scheduled chunks of time and tasks. If you are not being strategic about what you want to accomplish in your life or with your program, then I feel you are just kind of doing random tasks each day and you find yourself doing busy work instead of work what is going to move your life, career, or program forward.
Time management is not just about improving your efficiency at work. The efficient utilization of time gives you as a coach the opportunity to maximize your potential to do what it is you want to do with your time. The efficient utilization of your time improves efficiency, productivity, and personal satisfaction. Learning to manage your time, will greatly improve your coaching life quality by whatever definition you choose. Commit to making time management a high priority for 2019.
Good luck and as always, let me know if there is anything I can do to help!
To reach Coach Green about the work she does with college athletic departments and individual coaches, email her at email@example.com