As a student athlete you are asked to carry a lot of responsibilities. You are expected to balance practice, homework, workouts, games, and a social life. Balancing all of these is a job in itself, not to mention if you really do have a job. Here are a few ways to help you manage your time.
- Schedule your time: Try to schedule a week in advance by using a planner or calendar on an electronic device. You want to set aside time for homework, studying, practice, individual workouts, and games. Trying to remember everything without writing anything down or having it digital is hard. Check things off as you go so that you know what is or isn’t done.
- Set goals: Setting goals for yourself before the season is normal for athletes. Every pre-season, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish, such as how many points, hits, blocks, steals, goals, strikeouts, or kills you want to average, even if you don’t know you’re doing it, you think about what you want to accomplish. Setting goals in the beginning of each semester is a great idea as well. Some goals you could start off with are obtaining a higher GPA than you did last semester, attending all of your classes, or turning in all our assignments on time.
- Get to know your professor: Getting to know your professor and building a good relationship with them at the beginning of the semester will be beneficial to your academic success. Being able to talk to them, tell them you’re an athlete on campus, and your game schedule (especially if you have a night class) will help you be successful in your classes. Professors are there to help you and they want to see you succeed. If you put in the effort to talk to them and build a relationship they will do the same.
- Avoid distractions: Sometimes in order to be successful you must separate yourself from everything and focus on things you have to get done. Outside distractions can distract you from your ultimate goal and soul purpose of being in school. Derek Jeter, a former professional baseball player, once said, “I attribute much of my success in New York to my ability to understand and avoid unnecessary distractions.” It’s easy to let distractions get in the way of your goals but that’s one of the most important things to try and control.
- Don’t give up: If you run into problems you can’t give up. If life was a game you would have to excel to higher levels and as you get to higher levels they get harder. This is something in life that you can’t give up on, just like you wouldn’t just quit in a game; you’re just in the next level of life. If you made it to college as a student athlete your coach already decided you were a good enough student and athlete to make it so just like they trusted in you, trust in yourself.
Using your will, determination, and some of these tips, your time in college as a student athlete will not only be fun and memorable, but successful as well.