As much as I’ve been trying to ignore it, it’s true that they say: your kids will grow up right in front of your eyes. My son just finished his first six weeks of second grade, and my daughter her first six weeks of first grade.
It’s amazing to me just how much can change over the course of a school year.
Both of my kids have nightly homework (first- and second-graders have nightly homework?! Who knew?) as well as extracurricular activities they’re each enjoying, all in the midst of a recent cross-country move to a new city and new schools.
I’m actually feeling exhausted just reflecting on all of this.
But as it turns out, the lessons I learned as a student-athlete and entrepreneur have translated into parenting. Things like planning, setting SMART goals, and using routines and rituals all help being a dad to a busy six- and eight-year-old. I have to say, it’s been a pleasant surprise.
A student-athlete daily schedule has translated to my family schedule.
Getting my kids on a schedule and in a routine has, quite honestly, changed the course of our mornings, days, and nights together.
While I am absolutely a firm believer in the importance of downtime and certain freedoms for kids, structure has been a key to our first few weeks of back-to-school success.
And when I look at student-athletes of all ages today, and even teammates here at NCSA, it’s clear that committing to a schedule makes for an easy way to track deadlines and to measure accountability. It’s a practice people of all ages thrive from.
Check out the simplicity of the family schedule I created for school days.
The same can work for the items a student-athlete needs to accomplish daily to get ahead. Or a professional juggling work, exercise, a significant other or family.
I guarantee you, taking hold of your life and relieving a certain level of stress starts with something as simple as scheduling. But you have to write it down. Our accountability strengthens ten-fold when we write things down.
Something every student-athlete daily schedule should have written down?
Time set aside so they can get ahead in the recruiting process.
Take some time every day, whether it be 30 minutes to research schools, an hour to respond to coach emails, or 45 minutes to reach out to a new coach or two nightly.
There are few better or more prideful feelings than taking concrete steps toward your future. I’ve been there as a high school football player, and basically lived off a day of schedules and structure as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt University.
Getting through a day, then a week, and eventually years planned with order and S.M.A.R.T goals attached and written down is one of the most simple, yet meaningful pieces of advice I can give student athletes and professionals alike as they make their way through their first quarter of the school year as my kids have.
It’s a practice I’m passionate about, and have been my whole life, because it’s so solidly supported me in getting where I am today: a former student-athlete, founder, and dad only very rarely contemplating pulling his hair out.
The scouts and digital platform at NCSA Athletic Recruiting can help you keep your recruiting on track. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.