Being A Student Athlete Is Tough
Back when I was in college I played basketball and boy was life tough.
I would wake up early, go to classes, play ball, more classes, hang out with friends, do homework, go to sleep and do it all over again.
It felt like a never ending cycle.
I barely had time to eat with so much on my schedule.
It takes a few different skills to excel at being a student athlete.
If you don't master these you'll likely start to fail at school, sports or both.
How To Manage Sports And School
Here are 5 skills you must master in order to succeed as a student athlete.
You must be able to focus on whatever task is at hand.
Not focusing and getting things done right will cause you time because you'll have to go back and do it right.
When it's time to get your school work done, get your school work done!
Find a quiet place and handle your business.
Use your phones do not disturb mode and get away from your friends.
When it's time for practice, practice! And practice hard.
Clear your mind of any distractions by taking deep breaths.
Also have your goals and priorites in order.
You should know exactly what you have to accomplish to move forward.
So use your time to focus on that!
2. Time Management
Managing time will allow you to make the most of it.
Oversleeping and missing class or practice is a rabbit hole to destruction.
Use timers and calendars to make sure you are set up for success.
Have class time, study time and practice time all mapped out.
Let others know when you'll be unavailable ahead of time.
Also, make sure to clock in some time for your friends and family.
It's important to have some time to wind down and relax.
I recommend getting things done early in the morning.
That's when most of us are alert and have the most energy.
It's easy to wake up take a pre-workout, head to the gym and go to class.
It's also a good idea to schedule a time to schedule.
Having time set aside to plan your year, month, week, and day is crucial to success.
You have to know exactly when and what you are doing because we are always doing something but is that something helping you reach your goals?
3. Maintain a Can-do Attitude
Staying positive and taking the driver seat is the only way to get where you're going.
Understand you'll be met with tons of challenges during your semester and know you can rise above each and every one of them.
When things go bad figure out how to make them right FAST.
Don't make excuses, don't blame others.
Got a bad grade on a test? Find out why. And Fix it.
Maybe you need to study more, maybe you need to visit the professor outside of class.
Whatever it is, YOU have to do it.
4. Eat Right
I know its hard to find time to eat or prepare meals.
But guess what?
YOU don't have a choice.
Being a student-athlete means demanding more from your body.
Since that's the case you'll have to properly fuel your body.
The last thing you need is to get sick or injured.
Stock up on healthy, nutritious foods.
Protein, complex carbs, fruits, and veggies.
Use protein powders or bars to supplement for when you don't have time.
YouTube is a great place to find many quick, healthy recipes.
You have to do your best in balancing your life.
Make sure you get your school work done first and foremost.
You can't play sports if you aren't in school.
Once you're on top of that find out how you can help your team win. And set a time to practice.
Lastly, make sure your friends and family are in your life.
Keep them updated with what's going on in your life and goals.
A good support system makes getting things done easier.