Category Archives: Coaching career

A Moment Of Pause

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Well folks, I’m about a week out (8 days, but who’s counting?) from my due date for our little bundle of joy’s arrival.  My husband and I are super excited to add to our family and are looking forward to this next chapter.

As I assess all of the things I must do in order to be a successful coach (I still have recruiting calls to make, a recruiting calendar that is daunting, and spring season for my team) and a successful mom (time, time, time!  love, love, love!), I’ve decided that the writing that I so enjoy has to take a backseat.  Once I get a handle on how to be both an awesome coach and mom, then I’ll add awesome blogger back to the mix.

I get asked lots of questions about the pregnancy, so here are…

Coach Dawn’s baby FAQ’s:

  • Do I know what I’m having?  Nope, we’re going to be surprised.
  • How do I feel?  Great…I’m having a baby!
  • Have we picked out a name? Not yet, we’ll be forced to soon enough though.
  • How will you decorate the nursery if you don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl?  Well this child has no choice but to be athletic…my husband played football at the college I work at and I coach volleyball there.  Thus the decorations will be sporty!
  • When exactly am I due (usually said with a worried look)?  January 8th…we’re almost there.  🙂


Okay folks.  Happy coaching and I’ll see you later.

14 Ways To Stay Motivated

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When I first started coaching, I would go and chat with one of the veteran coaches in the office…just to soak up whatever knowledge he was willing to share with me.  He’d been coaching for over thirty years and I was in year two.  Quite honestly, I wondered how he stayed so fired up about the profession.  But he was…there was a glint in his eye that I’m sure hadn’t lost its luster in the entire thirty years he’d been on the sideline.

Of course, whenever I asked that very question, he would brush me off with a (not altogether untrue) joke.  “If you’re not scared to death of losing”, he’d say with a smirk, “then you’re in the wrong profession.”

While I’m sure some measure of his motivation came from fear of failure, I’d guess the bulk of it came from tried and true ways to stay motivated.  Inc.com had a great article about this, 14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated, it’s a quick read…check it out.

14 ways to stay motivated

Condition your mind.  Staying positive is huge.  We’ve got plenty of opponents who are trying to defeat us…let’s not defeat ourselves too!

Condition your body.  Staying healthy, eating right, working out…those are hard to do when we’re in season.  But we’ve got to try our best to take care of ourselves so that we can be available and energetic for our teams.

Avoid negative people.  If our heart sinks a little when we see someone coming, perhaps they’re negative.  Or if during lunch, we spend the entire time trying to pick someone else up (and they’re still grumpy), we might have to cut our losses and limit our time with those Negative Nellies.

Seek out the similarly motivated.  These are the people we can bounce ideas off of and they keep us fired up about what we do.

Have plans, but remain flexible.  We may think we know how we’re going to accomplish our goals, but staying flexible will keep us from getting down when things don’t work out how we thought they would.

Act with a higher purpose.  What’s your coaching philosophy?  If we do things that go against our philosophy, it will be pretty hard to be motivated.

Take responsibility for your own results.  How can we stay motivated if our success (or failure) is outside of our control?  When things are within our control, we feel that we have power over the situation.  And when we feel we have power, we can stay motivated.

Stretch past your limits on a daily basis.  For me, it’s been committing to reading and writing about my profession every day.  What will it be for you?

Don’t wait for perfection, do it now!  Perfection is unattainable, so if that’s what we’re waiting for…we’re going to be waiting for a long time.

Celebrate your failures.  When we see failure as a necessary step to success, we’re more willing to own our failures…and hopefully learn from them.

Don’t take success too seriously.  Sport is fickle.  We can beat the best team in conference one night and be feeling on top of the world…only to lose to a bottom dweller the next time out.

Avoid weak goals.  Weak goals start with “I’ll try to” or “I hope to”.  Strong goals begin with “I will”.  They are specific and have a deadline to them.

Treat inaction as the only real failure.  My motto: less talk, more do.

Think before you speak.  Don’t become the Negative Nelson that everyone else is avoiding in the office.  Stay positive, stay upbeat, stay motivated.

Not many professions have to live out their successes and failures in the public eye like athletics, which can make it hard to stay motivated sometimes.  Use these tips to get and stay motivated to guide your team to success.

5 Gifts Santa Can Drop Off For Coaches

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If you’re out shopping today, then you’ve missed the fun part of shopping…where everyone’s happy and smiling and singing carols.  Now people are stressed, desperate, and not quite as friendly.  But don’t you worry, I sent my list in to Santa for all of us and this is what you can expect to find under your tree tomorrow morning.

**5 things that I hope Santa leaves for me (and my fellow coaches!)
when he comes down our chimneys tomorrow**

  • Great athletes.  I’m sure I don’t have to expand on this, but I’ll quickly define what I mean by “great”.  Surely skill comes into play, as well as a high sports I.Q., a love of the game, a love of hard work, an understanding of and commitment to team, the ability to rise to the occasion, and a strong desire to be a leader.  And that’s just the start.
  • Understanding bosses.  Administrators that know we’re slightly crazy during season and put up with it, who know what our programs need before we even ask, that understand that they’ve got to fight for our teams and programs so that we’re adequately funded and supported.  Bosses who want success.
  • Awesome recruits. These folks have all of the traits of “great athletes” as described above…and they fit in with your team seamlessly.  Not only are they fired about your school and your team, they commit to your program early out of respect for the other people that you’re recruiting.
  • Perspective. Every win doesn’t mean you’re going to win a national championship and each loss doesn’t mean that your team is awful and doomed to failure.  Perspective shows us coaches that we are leaders and teachers of young people.  While the most immediate benefit of our instruction is sport skill building, we’re also building them into better human beings.  We’re teaching them how to win and lose with grace, how to take care of their bodies and eat healthily, how to value hard work, how to deal with the unfairness that will sometimes happen in life, and how to be a member of a group with a goal or cause that’s bigger than they are.
  • Passion. I hope you love what you do.  I hope that you can’t go to sleep some nights because you’re so excited about a new play that you know will work or the next competition.  I hope that your athletes make you laugh even when you want to be serious.  I hope that you jot down ideas about your team on napkins while you’re having lunch.  I hope that you love learning about your sport and your craft.  I hope you’re getting better every day.  I hope you love what you do.


I’m sure this is a list that we can all get behind, one that’ll make our teams better.  Merry Christmas folks and safe travels during the holiday season!

3 Ways Women Can Be Effective Leaders

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In my post, 3 Ways To Keep Females In Coaching And Athletics Administration, I talk about the lack of ladies in athletics…and the numbers were pretty dramatic.  If you’re interested in seeing all of the numbers and a link to the study, just click on the article and it’s all there.  Here are a few: 43% of female teams have female coaches, 19% of athletics directors are female, and only 12% of SID’s are women.

Those numbers make me tilt my head to the side, Scooby Doo-style, and say “ruh roh”.  Apparently this isn’t just an athletics problem, because there is a great video over on ted.com by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook.  It’s called Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders and it’s fabulous!  She talks about how two-thirds of married men who are executives have kids…while only one-third of their female cohort can say the same (more on that later).  She also gives her disclaimer that there’s nothing wrong with staying home with your kids, but if you want to stay in the game…

Here are the 3 things that females need to be successful executives/leaders/coaches/administrators

Sit at the table. She says one of the more powerful statements that I’ve heard in a while about us ladies, “women systematically underestimate their own abilities.”  What she means by sitting at the table is for ladies to see themselves as more.  She means that when there’s a meeting and all of the bigwigs are sitting at the conference table…women should too.  Don’t sit off to the side because you don’t think you belong with the big dogs.  Too often, we ladies attribute our success to others rather than owning it…so we not only see ourselves as less than, we put ourselves in a position to be seen as less than.

Make your partner a real partner. How about this?  When both spouses work full time, the woman does two times (!!) as much housework and three times as much childcare as the husband.  But her point isn’t the stereotypical finger wagging at men to do more (though that would help!), it’s more of a cultural slant.  She says that we put so much more pressure on boys to succeed that their self-worth is tied in to doing well at work.  She wonders aloud if men earned the same amount of respect for deciding to stay at home with their kids as they got from going to work every day, if there wouldn’t be more dads who’d stay home.  Which of course would let the mom be able to go out and be the wage earner.

Don’t leave before you leave. She means that women will sometimes stop looking for advancement opportunities way too early.  For example, a woman will get engaged and decide that she shouldn’t apply for a job because of her future husband.  Or because they’re trying to get pregnant.  Sandberg calls it “quietly leaning back”.  The women in these examples aren’t at the decision point (not yet married and not yet pregnant), but they’re already starting to shut down promotion options by not even trying for them.  They’re still going to work, they’re still (seemingly) doing everything the same way…they’re just not trying to make that next move.

Women, we may decide that staying the workforce isn’t for us…that we’d rather stay at home.  But we shouldn’t assume that we’ve got to give up our aspirations of greatness.  Let’s make sure that we’ve really thought it through, that we’ve talked to our partner (maybe he’s willing to do more), and that we’re going hard until we just can’t anymore.

Thinking Critically About Our Teams

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It comes naturally for coaches to think strategically about a specific game and how we can get the matchups we need in order to be successful. But what about thinking strategically about our programs?  Where are we behind the times in terms of equipment, transportation, budgets?  What type of recruits do we need to bring in to take our team a little higher during the next season?  Where are we, as the coach, lacking the information/knowledge/skill to be at our best and how can we acquire it?

These questions and more should be part of every coach’s life at some point during the year.

5 ways to think strategically

Anticipate.  For those of us who are nerdy about our profession, this is an easy one for us.  Whether it’s chatting with coaching friends who can help us figure out what the next new thing in training will be or figuring out how to mask your team’s weaknesses with innovative techniques…anticipation is huge.

Think critically.  To me, this means assessing your program.  At the end of the season, we’ve got to question everything:  our training, our recruiting strategy, our scheduling, our leadership.  Then we’ve got to give ourselves an honest grade and decide whether things need to change or go in a different direction.

Decide.  Perfection can never be the goal.  If we refuse to make decisions until we’re one hundred percent sure and have heard from absolutely everyone involved, then we may never solve our team’s problem.  Eventually we have to feel good enough about the information we have to step out and actually make a decision.

Align.  I’m sure that most of us would say that our teams are not democracies, where everyone gets a say in how the program functions.  I’m also sure that most of us understand that we still have to get our athlete’s and assistant coach’s input on certain issues.  We’ve got to make sure we’ve created an atmosphere where we can approach our players and get an honest answer from them and where our assistants feel free to disagree with us.

Learn.  I’ve talked before about personality assessments and how important they are when managing people.  I think it’s essential to learn our player’s (as well as our own) personality types so that we know how to approach them for feedback.  They are the folks who know what’s really going on behind the scenes, so we need their honest input as we’re putting together our list of things we need to put on the “strategic thinking” list.

How can we create space so that we have time to think strategically?

You may be thinking that this all sounds great, but who’s got time for all of this?  I’d say that we all do, but we’ve got to be organized before we can step back and get strategic.  Here are three things you’ll need:

A clear coaching philosophy.  Strategic thinking can happen at any time during the season, but most likely it’ll be in the off-season.  Knowing what we value as a coach (our coaching philosophies) will help guide us as we bat around difficult issues in our heads.

Strong leadership.  Perhaps we’ve got great captains or involved assistant coaches, whichever it is, they’ll be crucial as we step into the bat cave for a bit to figure out what the next steps our programs take should be.

A connected coaching staff.  For those of you blessed with full-time assistants…I’m jealous!  My assistant coach is also a professor on campus.  While he has another role, he is very connected with our players and often gets to see them in a light that I don’t.  Beyond that, the players know that he genuinely cares about them and their welfare.  Because of that, the burden of always being the person the players come to is lifted off of my shoulders…and I get to be strategic!

If we don’t take time to plan for the direction of our teams, I’m afraid we’ll be disappointed by where they end up.

Managing Our Teams With Integrity

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As coaches, we’ve got to see ourselves as mini-CEO’s.  I’m the CEO of volleyball here at my college, we’ve also got a CEO of baseball, and a CEO of swimming…you get the idea.  So when I saw this article (Maxims for PR Success) over at The Chronicle of Higher Education, I knew it’d be a benefit to us.

1.       Do what you say you’re going to do. Being reliable is underrated.  In my book, being a woman of my word is the highest priority.  Whether it’s getting paperwork in to the administrative staff, meeting with ladies from my team, or in communications with recruits…underpromise and overdeliver.

2.       Meet often with your supervisor. Maybe not “often”, but enough that they know what your vision is for your team and what your expectations are for the future.  Remember, part of their job is to have answers when benefactors have money burning a hole in their pockets…be at the front of your boss’s brain when that time comes.

3.       Be on time. Yes, your boss knows that you’re working on your practice plans during department meetings…but it’s another thing altogether if you’ve got a one-on-one meeting with them and you’re late.  We’re all busy, we’ve all got important things on our plates…but being late implies that your stuff is more important than their stuff.  Not cool, dude.

4.       Tell the truth. People will hold you to your words…so choose them carefully and stick to them.  This is at the heart of coaching with integrity.

5.       Circulate. Coaching is a time consuming endeavor, to be sure.  But there are other folks on campus who help keep it running…how about meeting some of those folks?  Not just the professors (though that’s important), but the student affairs staff, other co-curricular leaders (music, art, dance), or even the staff that keeps all of our campus space neat and tidy.

6.       Think on your feet. Spot problems before they happen, notice the generous donor in the stands and go chat with them, be ready when you’ve got someone’s ear who can help out your program.  There’s something to be said for being prepared to react quickly.

7.       Keep your ego in check. We love what we do and we think that we’re good at it…but we can’t do anything without the athletes, right?  It truly takes a village for our seasons to come to fruition.  From the higher ups who approve our schedules and budgets to the office staff who submit our paperwork to the appropriate folks, our programs are the products of a group effort.

8.       Improve your coaching. I started this off saying that we’re all CEO’s of our sport…our “brand” as people are saying these days.  Whether you plan to stay at your institution forever or you’re setting yourself up for the next big move…being the best you can be only benefits you.  There are no downsides to getting better.

9.       Embrace your institution, warts and all. The article says it better than I could:  “It’s not that you have to love everything about your college, or ignore its flaws. It is not believable to others, much less yourself, to pretend that your institution doesn’t need to improve in some areas. But if those flaws mean that you can’t wholeheartedly support your college’s mission, you will be doing both it and yourself a favor by moving on. When you find yourself becoming cynical or see your work as just another job, it is only a matter of time before your effectiveness begins to wane.”

10.   Stay current. Take advantage of professional development opportunities that are out there…whether it’s a convention, seminar, or even a free webinar.  Even if your department has cut its budget, there are plenty of cheap or free ways to learn.  Email or call another coach and chat about what’s new and exciting in your sport.  Sit in on a business class on campus.  There are many ways that you can proudly be a coaching nerd.

I’ve heard integrity described as “who we are when no one is looking”…but I also think it’s who we are when all eyes are on us.

7 Steps To Quality Coaching

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Coaches love to talk about success…it’s what we do!  I came across a great article on the Harvard Business Review’s blog that I’m sure you’ll love.  Nine Things Successful People Do Differently was written by a motivational psychologist (whatever that is) who has written a book about achieving goals.  You should check out the original article by clicking on the link above after you read my take on how it applies to us coaches.

7 things we can do right now to ensure our success as coaches

1.      Get specific. I think all of us coaches know this one already.  We can’t just say that we want our team to get better.  We’ve got to have SMART goals…specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.  So, saying that you want your team hitting percentage out of serve receive to go up 10% by the end of the season is a better goal than just saying you want your team to hit better.

2.      Seize the moment to act on your goals. We’re all doing so much that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  You’ve got to plan practice, a student just popped into the office, you’ve volunteered for one too many committees, and your kid’s got an orchestra concert tonight.  Hopefully you have some personal goals that have nothing to do with work.  I know it sounds crazy to some folks, but we’re supposed to have a life outside of coaching.  Did you really not have time to pray this morning?  Or go for a run? Or eat healthier?  Maybe it’s time to put yourself on your to-do list.

3.      Know exactly how far you have left to go.  Just like we meet with our players to access how they’re progressing, we should do the same things with ourselves.  With our professional and our personal goals.  How would the five-years-ago you feel about where you are in life?  Are you getting closer to those goals you had five years ago?  Have you moved on to new goals?  Do you have a plan in place to accomplish your goals?

4.      Be a realistic optimist. The first team I coached was not super skilled.  So when one of their goals was to win conference (in a very tough conference!), I had to ask them how they were going to go about accomplishing that task.  Because they didn’t have a very good answer, we reworded that goal.  As coaches, we’ve got to be just as realistic with our goals.  If you’re in the first year of coaching, you might not want to send in your resume to be the national team head coach.

5.      Focus on getting better, rather than being good. To me, success is defined by getting better each day.  “Good” is too hard to define.  “Better” is easy to define and hard to accomplish.  “Good” has an end point, whereas “better” is constantly morphing and changing.  “Good” looks to the past while “better” looks to the future.  “Good” says that there’s only one conclusion, “better” understands that we need to be flexible in order to accomplish our goals.

6.      Have grit. The author says it best in the article: “Effort, planning, persistence, and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed.”  It’s not who you know (though that’s helpful) or some innate skill that you have (that’d also be helpful)…it’s your ability and willingness to work hard.

7.      Build your willpower muscle. I have this idea in my head that everyone wants to hear my opinion, but for whatever reason, that turns out to not be true.  So when the desire to give unsolicited advice comes upon me, I’ve learned to zip my lips.  It hasn’t been easy and it’s a skill that I’ve had to practice in other areas of my life so that I can maintain positive relationships in my life.  What are some of my self-control “practices”: developing a workout plan and sticking to it, cutting out sweets (VERY hard for me), or training for a half marathon.  Just like we ask our teams to sacrifice now for something great that will hopefully happen in the future, we’ve got to do this as well.

With our crazy hours in the coaching field, the line between our personal goals and professional goals sometimes gets fuzzy.  I believe as long as we’re pushing forward on each front, we’re putting ourselves in a good place to be successful.

4 Tools Every Coach Needs In Their Toolbox

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Folks who are fixer uppers or tinklers know that the key to handling any situation is having a nice toolbox.  Whether its needle nosed pliers or a power saw or cordless drill…these things will prove to be essential for any job that needs to be completed.  And it’s the same with coaching!  We need to have a toolbox that is stocked so that we’re able to deal with the disgruntled player, the starter whose spot is about to be taken, as well as the athletic director that wants you to fundraise a ridiculous amount of money each year.

Here’s four things that every coach should have in their toolbox:

Mentors When I took my first head coaching job at age 24, my toolbox only had a hammer and a couple of nails clanking around in it…not nearly enough for the repair project I’d taken on!  I was certainly enthusiastic, but that needed to be combined with knowledge…and I was a bit short on that.  Enter our men’s basketball coach who was a legend in his field and had a head full of coaching genius that he was willing to share.  So I’d haul my butt up to his office about once a week and we’d chat.  Sometimes about my team, sometimes about his, but each and every time I learned something from this man.

Peers Here’s one thing I know: coaches love talking about coaching.  Once you find folks with a similar philosophy, make it a point to talk to them and pick their brains.  I truly believe that coaching is coaching so it doesn’t matter if you talk to the football coach or the soccer coach…if you share the same philosophical foundation, you’ve set yourself up for fun and challenging conversations about coaching.

Seminars/Conventions Be a coaching nerd!  Go to your sport’s convention…and attend the sessions (not just the social stuff) and hang out after it’s over and chat with the presenter.  Go to local clinics even if you don’t think you’ll learn something new…you certainly won’t if you don’t go!  Plus other coaches will be there and maybe you’ll be able to chat them up and get a different viewpoint on an old problem.  This will help keep you current in your field.

Books I read a lot of books.  I read books for myself in order to grow in my leadership and influence.  I also read books that I think will be good for my team to read during the season.  Sometimes they’re sports books, sometimes they’re business oriented, and other times they’re faith-based…but what they all share in common is that I think that they’ll make me a better coach.

What do you think?  What would you add to the list?

The 5 Stages Of A Coach’s Career

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Let me tell you what I think about coaches: we’re crazy in our preparation and dedication, we work long hours and love it, we give up our nights and weekends, we mentor our student-athletes, we demand big things from them and even more from ourselves, we’re passionate in our belief in our team and our love for our sport, we believe in the power of sport to have a positive and long-lasting impact in our athlete’s lives.  So when I saw “The 5 Stages of Your Career” over at Bob Starkey’s blog, I wanted to expand on it over here.  It’s interesting to figure out what stage you’re in and those that you’ve already gone through.  Check it out and see what you think.

The 5 Stages of Your Career

1.       Survival: Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Coaches, you remember what this stage felt like don’t you?   Or maybe you’re in the middle of this stage now and feel like you’re flailing.  I remember being beyond clueless…that’s back when I thought I just needed to know volleyball to be a volleyball coach!  Turns out also I needed to formulate a recruiting plan, balance a budget, create practice plans, order equipment, manage assistant coaches, and make in-game adjustments.  Color me unprepared, but thank goodness for a veteran coach who took me under his wing.

2.       Striving for Success: You Want Folks to Recognize You Can Coach
Your motivation?  Winning, plain and simple.  You’re obsessed with conquering the competition and put in hours and hours of your time to make it happen.  Being the best is what drives you and to be the best, you need the tangible accolades that go along with that:  lots of W’s in the win column, all-league awards for your team, and maybe a coach of the year for you.

3.       Satisfaction: You Relax, Set Another Goal, & Want To Get Better
Now that you’ve achieved a few of your goals, you can relax and know that you’re a good coach and you have the respect of your peers.  You attend conferences to network and visit with old friends as much as you do to learn some new things…you’re getting established.  Each year you set new goals to accomplish that will push you and your team forward…you’re focused.

4.       Significance: Changing Lives For The Good
At this stage you’re more concerned with how you impact your teams and your legacy than you are with personal glory…after all, you’ve already accomplished a lot.  Now you want to make sure your teams understand the value of sport and hope that you’re teaching them how to be better people, not just better players.  With all of your experience and years in the game, you’re very knowledgeable.  And because of the success you’ve had in your career, this is the stage where people solicit your opinion and ask for your help with their coaching conundrums.

5.       Spent: No Juice Left, Can’t Do It Any More
The busses, the trips, preseason, recruiting, the hustle, the grind…you’re over it.  You’re ready to hang with the family and actually make it home before nine o’clock at night.  And your weekends?  You want them back.  Not even the prospect of that super sweet and talented recruiting class that you just brought in is enough to bring you back into the fold.  As much as you love your sport, you’re just not that fired up about the season this year…it’s time to hang it up.

So what stage are YOU at?

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4 Ways To Manage Your Time Better

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Since I’ve started this blog, I get this question over and over again from fellow coaches: where do you find the time?  I typically smile and say it’s hard work (which it is), but I really enjoy doing it (which I do), so I find the time.  But is there really such a thing as “finding the time”?  We’ve all got the same seven days in a week and twenty-four hours in each day, correct?  So it’d be more precise for me to say that I’m managing my time better and attacking every day with a plan.  While I’ve never been one who’d be accused of being disorganized, now I’ve taken time management to near maniacal levels.  Here are four things that you can learn from the special kind of crazy that I’ve become.

4 Things You Know You Should Be Doing (But Aren’t) To Manage Your Time Better

1.       To-do lists. Start each day by thinking through all of the things that you need to get accomplished.  Write it all out, even if you know that there’s no way you can get all of it done.  Eons ago, I took a Franklin Covey class and they encouraged us to write out everything you need to do…phone calls, emails, meetings, etc.  That way you’ll know what happened to your time and you won’t be trying to figure out how it got to be practice time and you still haven’t gotten anything done yet.  Whatever you can’t do today gets carried over to tomorrow’s to-do list.  If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t get done or it gets added.

2.       Do the crappy stuff first. Once you’ve written that list, figure out the stuff that you really don’t want to do and knock it out first.  Otherwise it’s going to get to be about midday and you’ll have to deal with meetings, player drop-ins, lunches, and whatnot that will keep pushing that to-do item to tomorrow’s list.

3.       Give yourself time limits. If you’re like me, once you start working on something, you want to hammer away at it until you’re finished.  Sometimes that’s just not an option.  Look at your list and figure out how much time you can devote to that item and stick to it.  Tell yourself: I’m only writing emails for an hour because I’ve got to make calls for two hours…and then I’ve got to get home so that my family doesn’t hate me.  Then stick to it.

4.       Focus! Does this happen to you?  You’re working away on something and then your phone dings.  You stop what you’re doing to check the email you just received.  And since you’ve already stopped, you might as well hop online and check things out there…oh, and texts, gotta send out a couple of those!  Smart phones will be the death of productivity, I’m sure of it.  We can check all ten of our email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, and send out a few texts all from one place.  I personally love having access to all of these things, because it means I can get work done from wherever I am.  But it also means that, much like Pavlov’s dogs, I’m trained to pick it up each time it chimes.  Sometimes at work, silence (of all that dinging!) is golden.

Now that we’ve gotten rid of the “I’m so busy and I don’t have time for anything” excuse, we can all go out and be more excellent than we already are!

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