Why Time Management & Balance is Important for College Athletes

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Being a college athlete is not easy, nor will it ever be. The amount of responsibility and effort it takes to be a student is a big commitment in itself. Adding sports into the mix requires even more responsibility, effort, commitment, and time management. 

In life you need balance. Balancing the many responsibilities of academics and athletics in college is a different story compared to high school. You are independent and responsible for taking care of every task that comes day by day in your classes and athletics. The strict discipline of getting your paper submitted in time might come in the classroom, but most of that discipline will be in your sport. 

This may be the same as high school, but the balance between athletics and academics is crucial. If you do not do well in the classroom, you cannot participate on the court, field, etc. College is the start of your adulthood and lays the foundation for your potential career. Therefore, academics take center stage.  

Time management skills are something every student athlete needs to have. Not only will time management skills help throughout college, but they will also help in every career as well. Being a student athlete is a full-time job in college. Athletes can spend up to 30-40 hours a week at practice, film, lifting, study sessions, meetings, other workouts, or media interviews day in and day out. In addition to those long days, you are required to maintain a certain GPA and set time aside for studying. 

Here are a couple of ways to improve your time management skills as a student athlete:

  1. Set goals for yourself: Think about what needs to be done in your life to achieve those goals. 
  2. Create a to-do list: If you have a to-do list, it will make anything and everything easier. It is so satisfying crossing stuff off of that list and it will just help you stay focused and on track.
  3. Stay focused: College is full of distractions. Make sure you are achieving excellence always. You will be faced with many temptations throughout your college experience but knowing when to say no is a necessary skill in some of these situations. In the long run, these decisions can also show everyone what kind of person you truly are. 
  4. Communication: Communicating with your coaches, teammates, and professors is key! In building a relationship with those people, communication will give them a better understanding of the type of person you are and what goals you have for yourself (and your team).

The busy schedules along with the many other tasks that present themselves on a daily basis are simple puzzle pieces that you get to put into place every day. By the end of the year, you will be able to look back and see the picture that you put together by being a successful student athlete that has mastered the skill of time management.

About the Author:

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Ashley Boer ('21) is an advertising major originally from Rock Rapids, Iowa, and she's one of the awesome social media ambassadors that share their experiences and perspective on the Mside Experience social media accounts. She plays for the women's volleyball team and loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, and listen to good music.