How to find time for your football team
There's always time - you just need to know how to find it.
Far too many amateur football teams fall by the wayside due to a ‘lack of time’ on the manager’s part.
This is a real shame. If you started a football team, it’s because the game is important to you. You wanted to run a team; it was something you always wanted to do, but other stuff got in the way.
There isn’t really a valid excuse for this if you point at ‘time’ being the overriding factor for the failure of the team. Time is, admittedly, in short supply, and you can’t create more of it - but you _can_ be smarter with the time you have available.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to put together five super-simple tips for finding more time for your football team. You can thank me later.
1. Try and work regular shift patterns (you’ll get more done)
If you’re the sort of person who works every hour god sends in the belief that it’ll help you get more done and be more successful, you’re making a mistake.
The _smarter_ you work, the more you’ll get done. Principally, that means sticking to regular shift patterns, and reserving time for the special things in your life - like football.
Don’t burn the candle at both ends; it’ll leave zero time for football and you won’t be more productive.
2. Pick one evening for training - and stick to it
One of the most effective ways to find time for your team is to focus on the importance of training. The more regular training becomes, the more cohesive the team will be, and the more time you’ll find to invest in the game.
The trick to this is picking one evening each week for training and sticking to it. Don’t deviate from the plan; if Thursday night is your training night, that’s what it is. Only the greatest of emergencies should postpone it.
3. ‘Time block’ your time for football stuff
Time blocking is a technique used by ultra-productive people and it can be applied to your passion for running a football team, too.
Essentially, it involves scheduling your time in chunks. So, if we look at this top-level style, you’ll have a chunk for work, a chunk for family stuff and a chunk for football.
You can get more detailed than that, of course, but block out those chunks each week and it’ll soon become a habit.
4. Make it one of life’s priorities (you’re allowed to)
This one should be easy but, for some people, appears to be inexplicably challenging.
It’s _ok_ to make your football team a priority. Sure, you don’t get paid for it, and, occasionally, it gets in the way of other personal stuff, but you love the game. And that’s fine!
Make it clear to yourself that your team is one of life’s priorities. Because it is.
5. Focus on the fun element (it’s not a job, after all)
Amateur football should be a laugh. It should be something that you look forward to each week and create memories that last a lifetime.
As soon as it stops being fun, you’ll be less inclined to devote time to it. So, with that in mind, make sure you focus on what you love about your team.
The camaraderie, banter, winning and even losing is what makes it a sport you love so much. Never lose sight of that, because, as a human being, you’re pre-programmed to invest time in the stuff you enjoy the most.
See? You do have time for the team!
I’m under no illusion that the tips above are an overnight success story; it takes time, dedication and a desire to keep up those good timekeeping habits if you’re to be successful.
The good news is that when you make this stuff a routine, it’ll no longer feel like a chore, and the time you get back will enable you to invest it in the sport you love.