“If you don’t know what your ideal week looks like, you will never have one.”
Every Wednesday, we have about 30 min. of classroom time with the team after practice to build culture. Some weeks it looks like a guest speaker from outside the program, sometimes its lead by a coach or player, and for the last two years we have had a book talk. This week we spoke on the concept of time management. We shared the “Harvest Principle”, developed by author Rory Vaden which states, “focused effort is amplified by appropriate timing and regimented routine.” He references that farmers work 18 hour days during the harvest season and had us reflect on this question:
Do you think being tired is an option for the farmer during this season of life?
We then discussed how time is the number one excuse we use for not getting what we want accomplished. The chapter goes on to say, “the moment you tell yourself you are too busy is the moment you stop thinking creatively about how to get other potentially important items into your schedule and your routine.” Rory mentions how so often we think we can have time or money. We can be professional successful or have a great family. Extraordinary happy people think in terms of both.
We then looked at and reflected on what extraordinarily happy people all had in common in the graphic of the Fundamental Five.
Finally, we all created our ideal week. We started with our “requirements” and then filled in the rest to complete our week. I wanted our coaching staff and players to see how much time we really had left over after the requirements. The goal was to also see areas of our lives that we may be neglecting that we value but use time as our excuse. Here was mine after the requirements had been filled in. **Notice the Browns game is a "requirement"**
What does this mean for you? Print off this Weekly Planner and map out your ideal week. It takes 5 min. If there is one area of the Fundamental Five you are lacking put it on the schedule. Create your ideal week or you will continue to be a victim to time. I’ll leave one final thought for those workaholics out there. “In business what you don’t get done today can be done tomorrow, but with family what doesn’t get done today is gone forever.” Invest in what matters.