A Simple But Powerful Time Management Strategy Coaches Should Use
A great friend of mine gave me a book called The Checklist Manifesto.
The simplicity was incredible.
In a nutshell…
The human mind doesn’t perform well when given difficult but repetitive tasks.
Think of the cockpit of an airplane or a nurse in the ICU.
We tend to miss critical steps that end with errors, omissions, and other problems.
The depth and breadth of what we know have exceeded our ability to deliver effectively on the knowledge correctly, safely, or reliably.
A checklist is the solution.
When nurses in the ICU created a checklist for what should be done… the average stay in the ICU dropped by more than half.
And no doubt you wouldn’t want to fly in a plane with a pilot that didn’t go through his / her pre-flight checklist.
I know from personal experience that a checklist at the grocery store can save you thousands, stop impulse purchases, save extra trips that double up your impulse buying…
What you’ve learned has saved you but it also burdens you.
Here are my experiences with checklists.
- Checklists bring order to a chaotic mind
- Checklists will save you from failure
- Checklists will provide you a higher standard of baseline performance (CRITICAL)
- Checklists should be kept to less than 9 items
- Checklists will dramatically reduce your anxiety as well as help you sleep
- Checklists are your helper. If it doesn’t help… the checklist is not correct
What checklists have you created for the work you do as a coach to ensure your coaching career thrives?
If you’re like the masses, you do not have a single checklist in your entire life right now.
Whenever thinking of all of the big tasks you do as a coach, I want you to chunk it down into these three categories:
- Before (Organizing a recruiting on campus visit)
- During (What to do during a successful on-campus visit)
- After (What needs to be done after a campus visit to wrap it up)
Think of all of the repetitive things you do as a coach that have a before, during, and after that have steps to remember. Create a checklist for each stage.
Simple. Powerful. Highly Effective.
Try it. Send me what you create and I will take a look at it.
Have a productive week,
Have a productive week.
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