Student-athletes are busy people. A typical day usually starts with a glass of OJ then it’s off to school from sun up to sun down, then practice, then homework, squeeze in dinner, a little American Idol, studying for that biology quiz, walk the dog, shower (if there’s time), and bed time. This doesn’t include phone chats with Granny and Grandpa and responding to that endless flood of texts and e-mails from your bffs. We get it – you’ve got a crazy life, but if we could have your attention for just five minutes, we’d greatly appreciate it.
Time management is crucial when you’re a student-athlete. You have to remember that you are a student first and an athlete second. Your performance in the classroom is just as important as what you do on the field so here are a few tips on how to stay on top of your hectic schedule.
1. Turn your cell phone off or on silent when doing homework or studying for a test. The fewer distractions you have, the faster you’ll be able to finish your school work.
2. Facebook is cool, but it’s time consuming! Try cutting in half the time you spend on social networking sites. You’ll be amazed with the extra time you have and you can use it to get ahead on school work so you’ll have less to do later.
3. If you know you will be missing class for a game or practice, make arrangements early in the semester with your teacher.
4. If you’re not driving, use the car ride home from school or practice to get a jump start on homework and studying.
5. Turn off the TV!
6. Purchase a planner. Write down all of your test, quiz, and project due dates for the month, semester, or year so you know when you’ll be busy and when you’ll have time to breathe. This helps you stay on top of your school work.
7. GOOGLE Calendar is an electronic planner. Type in all of your test, quiz, and due dates and it will send you a text message to remind you when something is due!
8. Away games are always fun, but they can also be a great time to get some homework done. Take a book along for the ride and knock out some of that reading on the drive over to your rival’s school. It’s less you’ll have to do when you get home that night.
9. Use your weekends wisely! Weekdays can be very hectic with school, practice, and games. Use the extra time you have on Saturday and Sunday to get a jump start on next week’s work or catch up on some of the assignments you may have missed.
10. It’s ok to say no. Not everyone understands that student-athletes have a lot on their plates. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to say no if someone asks you to do something. Make sure that you are comfortable managing your current schedule before adding on to your to-do list.