The most productive people do a lot more than just stay busy. Many coaches stay busy. After all, checking items off a to-do list isn’t hard.
National Recruiting Coordinator, Tudor Collegiate Strategies
Although I began my coaching career in Utah, I began my journey as an author, speaker, and consultant when I met Dan Tudor. Dan is the President of Tudor Collegiate Strategies who helps develop recruiting strategies for college coaches. Attending his recruiting seminar changed the course of my career, and eventually my life. It’s only in hindsight that we can recognize those pivotal characters who influenced us and moments that made a definitive difference. I’m very glad and fortunate to have met Dan when I did.
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.
Coaching Division 1 is no mere upgrade; it’s a completely different animal. It was here that Dan’s lessons about how to effectively recruit student athletes truly took root and began to impact and shape my life. However, there was a slight problem: all the recruiting advice worked so well that I ended completely overwhelmed with the increased work load! Don’t get me wrong, having a huge influx of emails from recruits and players now interested in what we’re doing here is fantastic, but the problem was managing how and when to get all this new found work done and done right with all of the other stuff we have to do in the office.
It is very easy to feel busy; and when we feel busy, we feel productive. That actually may not be the case and that could be dangerous thinking. At times when we feel the busiest, we are sometimes actually less productive.
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?
I have experienced all of these things and more. My job was a nightmare my first few years here at South Dakota. I have survived building a program with limited staff to assist me, low budgets, bad facilities, and no winning traditions. I rebuilt recruiting databases that had been wiped clean and managed abysmal team logistics. I had to recruit 21 new freshman for my 2nd season because 15 of the 20 I inherited my first year were not returning for various reasons. Those first few years were extremely hard because we were going through the painful process of rebuilding a program that was in pretty poor shape. And I needed to get home to my new baby and husband. This was not a sustainable work schedule.