Author, Speaker, Trainer, & Consultant
Head Soccer Coach at The University of South Dakota
Dan gave me my first opportunity to start writing about my ideas and putting articles into his weekly newsletter when I was the Associate Head Coach in Minnesota, I started teaching on-campus seminars, and was doing individual consulting on how to become a better college recruiter.
After a kid and a few moves, including a stop in LA and Kentucky, my family and I settled in South Dakota. After 2 years of volunteering in various Division 1 programs and consulting with Dan, I decided to get back in the hot seat, but this time as a Division 1 head coach.
As a coach, I have always been goal-driven and focused. I would say that my intensity drives my husband crazy! In fact, we are a family of coaches and have two adorable kids, Jack (6) and Ashleigh (3), and we did just add a new 3 year old Australian Shepard named Blu to the family.
I refuse to let my kids or my family be the reason why I can’t achieve excellence as a coach; rather they are the reason why I must. My need to manage my time between family and work, and become more efficient doing it, forced me to start looking at all that has been written about time, energy, and email management.
My need to manage my time between family and work, and become more efficient doing it, forced me to start looking at all that has been written about time, energy, and email management and might be applied to what we do as college coaches.
As I was scouring book stores and the Internet, I found that time management resources for coaches clearly did not exist. Furthermore, there wasn’t even any time management programs written from the perspective of a veteran coach, specifically about college coaching for college coaches. If there had been any, I would have scooped them up in a heartbeat.
I took the basic tools that I had and began skewing them toward coaches and coaching. How could I apply this or that to what I did? After working as a consultant for so many coaches through Dan, I knew there was a need. Yet, it was my own need that really drew the wisdom from within.
The biggest lesson I learned was that I would not have survived as a College coach for over 18 years now if I had not learned to put more structure into my day and to measure and monitor my efforts. As coaches, we have a lot of plates spinning and it is impossible to manage them all at one time. Fitting it all in is a function of priority management. If you think about it, priority management is less about managing your calendar than it is about managing your decisions. By learning to prioritize and manage your decisions based on your team, recruiting, and personal vision and goals, you will have a leg up on most of your competitors because the only things making onto your calendar and your schedule will be the things that actually matter.
If you are not effectively and continuously measuring your productivity or structuring your time, you could be wasting a lot of time and energy doing things that will not lead you toward the results that you want for your program. I want you to think bigger than just managing fires in the office. Fires will happen no matter what. I want you to structure your day based on the goals and vision you have for your program so you are taking daily action to make your goals a reality.
… Structure your day based on the goals and vision you have for your program so you are taking daily action to make your goals a reality
Having a predetermined protocol for categories that fires normally fall into is a critical first step. How do you handle the 100’s of emails that end up in your inbox everyday? How do you keep track of and consistently communicate with all of your top recruits? How do you manage interruptions? How do you identify and eliminate what is not working and identify and improve what is?
Do you sometimes feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it all?
Do you waste too much time each day getting distracted with low priority busywork, getting interrupted, or on multitasking?
Are you putting important things, like family and personal pursuits, on hold because there’s too much work to be done?
Have you ever gotten to the end of a busy day and realized that you weren’t very productive and only accomplished a fraction of what you had hoped to do?
The very program I used to get back home to my husband and child is the same one that I have crafted into these two guides. If you are a coach who’s struggling with the “work/life balance”, there is no better way to calm the chaos, get back to a sane workday, and still hit your goals. There is a better way as you will find between the pages of these two guides.