Mandy Green, Busy Coach
Is your program making the progress you want?
If you were to do a time audit, where you track how much time you are spending on each task during the day, what would the result of your audit tell me? Hopefully it would say that you are you spending 80% of your time on things that are progressing your team, recruiting, leadership, and relationships in your program forward.
I have found that coaches often expend their best on “B” and “C” priorities because they seem urgent, and they give “A” priorities what’s left over.
John Maxwell, in his book Developing The Leaders Around You, gave a good explanation of what “A”, “B”, and “C” priorities are. I changed his descriptions to make them more College Coach specific.
“A” priorities are ones that move your program, athletic department, or job function forward. They break ground, open doors to new opportunities, or develop new markets. They prompt growth, within your staff, your team, and in your program as a whole.
“B” priorities are concerned with maintenance. They are required for things to continue to run smoothly, such as taking care of all of the details, answering recruiting letters or phone calls, and taking care of details. They are things that cannot be neglected, but they don’t add value to the organization.
“C” priorities are not important things such as checking social media, gossiping with co-workers, or any other task that really adds no value to your program.
As you are getting ready tonight for going back into the office tomorrow, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Make sure you know what your top priority activities are. Make a list of tasks that you feel are program developing tasks.
- From that list you just made, find 3 program growing activities that you could do during the week this week. It could be something like reading a coaching or sales or leadership book, developing relationships with youth coaches who could help you by recommending better players, watching game video, or whatever you feel it is for your program.
- Block off time as early in the day as possible where you will work on nothing else but those program growing activities.
- At the end of the day tomorrow, reflect on how well you did. What went well? Did you stick to your plan or were you easily distracted? What could you have done better?
It is almost impossible to build your program into what it could be if you are choosing only to work on “B” and “C” priorities during the day. You need to know what your growth priorities are, proactively schedule and fit them into your schedule, not allow yourself to get distracted until you have finished, then review and reflect at the end of the day so you can make any necessary improvements.
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Have a productive week!