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By Mandy Green
So as you are headed back to work after the (Memorial) holiday break, hopefully you have already set up your plan of attack. Are you ready to have the best year, best month, best week, and best day ever with your program, recruiting, and career as a coach?
If your response to that sentence was, “yeah right, I wish,” I imagine that your 2016-2017 school year was filled with people, texts, emails, and voice messages begging for your time, attention, and energy.
As you look back over this past year, would you say that you had more wins or losses for you each day work wise? By winning, I mean did walk into your office with a plan and then you dominated your day by actually getting your most important work done? I would consider the day a loss if you found yourself giving your time, attention, and energy away freely to anybody who asked for it. And then before you knew it, your days were gone and you had no sense of accomplishment or progress.
If you are finding that more often than not, your days were on the frustrating side because you didn’t feel like you made any significant progress towards your vision and goals, it goes back at some point to how you are prioritizing things during those days.
How have you been doing in this department? Really think about it. Do you feel like you are proactive and in control of your days or do you just wake up and respond to everybody all day? Obviously as coaches, we have to be available to our team, staff, administration, and recruits, but not as much as you may think or are currently doing.
Today I want to teach you one new way to think about your prioritization. When you do a better job of prioritizing things, I know that you will find that you will start having more wins than losses day by day.
Stop prioritizing the easy. You know if you are guilty of prioritizing easy if your day feels like there is a whole lot of busy work but you don’t feel as if you’re spending a significant amount of time on work that can make your program better. I’m sure that you probably intended to do a significant amount of high priority work before you got in the office. But you think that to get a great start to the day and to build some momentum, you will just get some of the easy things off of your to-list. And then what tends to happen is that you never ever really get around to doing work that will really move the needle for your program.
Coach, you set up your day. You can choose to do things first that will make a real difference in your program and could change your program for the better in a significant way. Sure, those other things need to get done. But choose to do them only after you have spent at least 90 minutes on high priority things.
Stop prioritizing easy, “prioritize progress”. Things that matter to your program. When you are planning your day, ask yourself, what 3 things must happen today that will get me some real movement forward? I want you to take on something hard every single day. If you do that you will start to find yourself getting a little bit more confident, more momentum, and more into that space where you’ll feel like you are doing things you were meant to do.
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