The most important skill to work on as a youth athlete is time management. It’s really that simple. It may not seem like it with everything happening in high school. The daily life includes something like, What am I going to wear? You have to look fresh, right? Girlfriends, or boyfriends, even worse to worry about is impressing someone who you want to be your girlfriend or boyfriend. You actual friends, Staying or becoming popular, practice and the most important of them all, School work. That’s all before you get home and have to worry about homework and chores. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Think about all the student athletes at your school alone, EVERYONE is going through this same thing. Some make it look really easy, and some make it seem like the hardest thing in the world. If you were to ask me in high school I would have told you that it was next to impossible. Truth be told I just didn’t give it the proper amount of respect.
I am going to give you some steps that will help you make life easier.
- Respect the process
- Prioritize your life
Let’s keep this simple and start with just these three steps. To begin with respect the process. Respecting the process means to have the proper mindset going into each day. Most student athletes, including me at the time did not have the respect for daily time.
Prioritize your task. Being student-athlete means you are a student first. School work comes before anything, and depending on how serious you are about your sports that would come next. School, Sports, personal life. In that order! When you get home from practice the school work is not done. Homework first and then you can call your girlfriend, boyfriend or friends. Now you can go on Facebook and Snapchat, etc.
Be efficient with your time. Don’t spend your study hours messing around with your phone, or talking in study groups. Get things done in the time frame you set for yourself.
It will not be easy. Being a student athlete is not meant to be easy. It is meant for a special group of individuals who are blessed with a talent to play sports. Not everyone in your school can be a student athlete. It is a privileged position to be in and too many of your peers take advantage of it. Do not turn into a statistic. You can achieve your goals if you put the right focus into it. Go be great!