Your daily energy is a finite resource.
So, you need to know how to use the daily energy you have to do the things that matter.
The more automated and organized your day is, the more self-discipline, energy and focus there is to direct towards the most important tasks.
There is a direct correlation between time management skills and the ability to demonstrate more willpower to show up for a workout, class or competition (and be at your best.)
Knowing what to put your energy towards matters for elite athletes who need to give it their all.
Which is why you need to make fewer daily decisions and work harder to automate and organize your day.
Every decision you make is a withdrawal from your energy bank.
Conversely, every action you automate, therefore eliminating a decision is like a deposit in your energy bank.
Your athletes need to conserve their energy for all the physical and mental requirements of their day. So, it’s up to you, as a coach, to teach your athletes how to manage their time, automate their actions, and eliminate unnecessary decisions.
Here are 3 strategies I teach my clients that you can teach your athletes:
There are 168 hours in a week.
Do you know where all those hours are going?
If you don’t know, then chances are you are wasting your time.
Set your intention.
Schedule your time.
Follow the schedule.
If it’s not working, then you tweak your schedule.
Success does not happen by accident. It happens with intention.
So, you must be intentional about your time.
Plan tomorrow, tonight.
Know, before you wake up, what has to get done and when you will do it.
MIT: Most Important Task
Do you know the most important task for your day, your practice, your workout session?
Everyday, as part of my morning routine, I make sure I know what my MIT is for the day and I get it done first.
There’s always a lot to do.
But, not everything is equally important.
We want to make sure that you and your athletes are doing the most important things first.
What are the most important things?
Identifying these actions and executing on them early in the day will help you move closer to your goals.
Your Google Calendar
Show me your calendar and I’ll tell you your future.
The most successful people in life play offense with their time.
They don’t keep busy responding to all the things that show up at their door or their inbox.
They know what they are going to do this morning, this afternoon, and this evening. And, their most important task is already done or is scheduled.
Your time is best spent when it’s invested in the buckets of:
Energy & Nutrition
Take care of the personal before you take care of the public.
Your calendar will tell you what your priorities are.
Script out your ideal week.
I call it your 168.
Every Sunday night, map out your week.
Make sure you have scheduled eating, movement, mindset work, sleep, workouts, academics, family, friends, etc.
Everything that is important to you should have a spot on your calendar.
Be intentional with your time and your intentions will take care of themselves.