Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
So much to do, so little time
It’s unfortunate that Qualifying Competitions start after school begins. It means that skaters have less time to devote to practice and preparation.
I know that my mental game athletes have time challenges.
In each 168 hour week they have to pack in school, homework, school activities, skating practice, off-ice, dance, conditioning, mental game sessions, and doing things with friends and family.
Read onto learn how Athletes can get everything done and have the time and energy to skate great too!
Your mantra will go from, “I don’t have enough time,” to “I have time”
Changing your mindset starts with a simple exercise. I call it my 168 hour Challenge because it took a great effort for me to do it (4 months of procrastination and protest).
We all have 168 hours each week to use or waste as we choose. The problem is, most of the time we don’t choose. We go through our day in “default” mode. One activity after another without thought.
Stop being so stressed, take control of your time! All you need 15-30 minutes to fill out your current schedule on a spreadsheet (download it here).
I challenge you to do this now and revise it every time there is a big change in your schedule (fall, summer, or school semesters).
Print out the form or if you to do it online, email me and I’ll send you an excel or google sheet doc.
When you block out time, you don’t need to be precise.
You won’t need to use this calendar daily. It’s just a tool that makes it easier for you to see how you currently spend your time, and helps you make choices and changes.
As a rule, be more general rather than specific:
If you are at the rink 5 hours, with breaks off the ice, just block out the whole 5 hours.
You can always get more detailed later if you find you need to.
1) Block out times slots that must be. (Non-negotiable times)
School or work
2) Block out activities with flexible time slots:
3) Does the amount of time spent in an activity match its level of importance to you?
Here are some questions to help you decide:
Do I want to do it?
What is the purpose?
Why do I do it? (it’s fun, I love it, it helps my goal, it is required)
Is it worth it?
Do I want to continue doing it?
4) ) Adjust or erase activities in your 168 calendar based on your answers to #3.
5) Make a Wish List of things you want to have time for
Social time with friends and family
Video or Game time
Learn a language
6) Look at the white space you have left on your 168 hour calendar.
Add activities from your wish list.
You can do this by blocking out time for “freedom.” For example, on Friday night from 4-9 you have a free block of time.
Be creative and craft a life you love and that serves you.
You are in control of your time.
Things that you thought were time wasters can be deleted or kept.
You may be surprised at your change in attitude. The same activities you resented for taking up your time before doing this exercise might become things you enjoy doing because you have chosen to do them.
Shoot me an email or write in the comments about your 168 hour challenge so we can cheer you on!
If you would like to read more about changing your mindset towards time, check out this book: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam.
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