Watch Sports And Work On Your Goals

My son was about 4 years old when he asked me why I was screaming while watching the football game. He said they can’t even hear you. I thought to myself that is true. I’ve spent hours upon hours getting worked up for years watching my favorite teams. There would be some satisfaction if my teams won. However, my local teams which I have spent my precious time watching never win or have not won anything in thirty years.

I am the kind of person that buys my favorite teams gears as the local sports teams are dear to me. When my team would lose it would make me feel low or even depressed. This has happened for many years. Unfortunately, all the local teams in my area can never advance to the championship game even though they put up great numbers and win many games.

I have come up with a few pointers that can have you enjoying the game and getting your work done at the same time. Here are my three recommendations to be more productive during your favorite team’s schedule:

Work and watch the game. Work means work so during commercials put the TV on mute and get some work done. If you don’t care too much about the opposing team’s play on offense continue working then watch when your team is on offense

Watch the end of the game. You probably know then the final period/inning/quarter of game is. Work until then. Then turn on the TV. Now you can watch knowing that you have completed the work that you wanted to get done on your To Do List

Highlights. You can always work through without watching the game and catch the highlights after the game is over. Hopefully you will have gotten your work finished which will make you feel good. If your team happened to lose the game you may not feel so bad because at least you did some work.

You can peek at the scores on the Yahoo sports app or any other sports app. Be sure to keep the peeping to a minimum. Or you will not get anything done.

Reaching our goals are much more important than watching someone else reach theirs. You will never look back and wish you spent more time watching more sports. Instead you may have the opposite regret if you don’t hit your personal goals.

Time Management Tips for Student-Athletes

From my personal experience of being a student-athlete, I understand the obstacles and temptations we face on an everyday basis. Unexpected changes in schedules and conflicts occur regularly, which can cause confusion and build of stress/anxiety. But even though student-athlete schedules are planned out and orderly, everyday can still be chaotic. When students-athletes come to be college students, they reach a level of independence they haven’t experienced before. They are now on their own and no longer have their parents by their side to remind them of their responsibilities. They start to take on all this new found freedom and began to take advantage of everything around them. A problem which can lead to consequences that can change their lives forever.

Every athlete is not going to be the same. Each individual has their own ways of getting their goals accomplished. No one is ever going to be the same. Being highly proactive is the secret to how successful you as a student/athlete can be. So the mentality student-athletes take with them on the field or court to compete, should be no different then when they are off the field. Paying attention to the little details while doing the right things on and off the field is a simple equation to being successful. The time and preparation athletes put in to getting themselves in the best shape, being at the top of their game, and preparing themselves for any situation, should be reciprocated towards their academics and life.

Obstacles:

• Poor day-to-day planning

• New found independence

• Leisure activities

• Night life/Temptations

• Laziness/Procrastination

Above are a list of obstacles student-athletes struggle with, obstacles which all add up to how well they prioritize what is important and what is not that important to them. It all comes down to mind over matter. Your thoughts and interests spark the actions you take or the words you speak, so maintain a strong sense of values and come to know your purpose early on. Ask yourself, what are you doing or not doing, to unleash all that you have been gifted with.

Once athletes get a grasp of prioritizing and planning out their week, they can then break their agenda down into a day-to-day plan consisting of their studies, practice/workout times, individual work, etc. By accomplishing this, athletes will:

• Feel a stronger sense of confidence and self-worth

• Find balance between academics and sport

• Improve on-field performance

• Position themselves for a better future

What Do Time and Rivers Have in Common?

Flow is what time and rivers have in common.

Flow has such a gentle, inviting sound, doesn’t it? It’s always there and it’s something you relax into. You can count on flow.

When you let go and relax into it, the flow will carry you.

So why do we struggle so with flow — most especially when it comes to time?

Flow can’t be forced.
The following passage from the Talmud is one that has always fascinated me.

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side.

I find this passage particularly interesting given the emphasis on efficiency and productivity in our 24/7, always plugged-in, always busy world.

So, what do you make of it?

For one thing, I’d say that this snippet clarifies the power dynamic between time and humankind. No matter what we do, time flows. Fighting it really offers no hope of success.

Watching the River
If you think of time as a river, the metaphor from the Talmud is clearer. A river is a steady and powerful force. You hardly notice the current most days, but it’ there, moving all the time.

And trying to push back against a river is futile. The flow of the river’s water simply carries everything along with it.

It’s the same with time.

Time and the River
Living in time, we are always in that flow. There is no denying or escaping that fact.

The clock ticks, the calendar pages turn, time moves constantly. And that flow will carry us if we relax and let it.

But what if we don’t want to be carried?

Fighting the flow…
Have you ever tried to stand up and hold your footing in a flood cresting river? Your feet slip as the deluge pushes your body back with all the power and weight of the river.

You might be able to hold your own momentarily – but eventually, inevitably, the effort will exhaust you and you’ll be swept along, seemingly even faster than before.

Time and the river – these are just not things that you can force.

Going with the flow…
Meanwhile, imagine yourself floating on a tube down a river on a warm, sunny, late summer afternoon. The water is moving along slowly and you’re moving along with it, enjoying the scenery.

What a different feeling that is. Rather than fighting the river, you use its power, letting it carry you effortlessly.

Does this metaphor resonate for you? Try not fighting time today.

So, try not fighting time today. Let it carry you, as you plan your day, prioritize, make time choices, and appreciate each moment.