Tis the season….With the holidays upon all of us, our plates are getting full – and not just with food! By now, almost everyone has had one competition under their belt and is gearing up for their first two day competition of the season. As if that’s not stressful enough, add school and homework, more intense practices, balancing family and friends, and still managing to log numerous hours on social media to the mix. Remember, there are only 24 hours in a day and you still have to find time to sleep! How is it even possible?
Breakfast, school, snack, homework, practice, dinner, study, sleep Zzzzz… REPEAT. This sounds all too familiar for the competitive cheerleader and something that has become somewhat second nature to us all. As humans, we are born with a natural competitive drive to succeed, and more often than not, we spread ourselves too thin in the pursuit of being successful.
For those of you who are old enough to remember the iconic television series Saved by theBell, Jessie Spano said it best, “No time! There’s never any time…” Oh, but there is time. It’s all about how you manage it. It always seems like right around the holidays everyone starts making lists: a list for the grocery store, a list of gifts to buy, a list of things you want, a list of people to invite to a party, etc. The lists literally go on and on. But one list that will especially help you this holiday season is one that helps you manage your time.
There is just something awesome about making a list and checking it twice, only to see that every task you had written down was completed! Personally, I get very “list happy” in life, but the way I keep focus is by prioritizing everything I have to do. This is how I do it:
- Jot down any and all personal tasks that need to be completed.
- Number them by importance.
- Decide how many you want to accomplish in that particular day.
- Reward yourself when you have checked everything of your list.
Prioritizing is most important when making lists. Here at The JAM Brands, one of our CORE Values is Achieve More with Less. We believe that it’s better to do 10 things well at 100% than it is to do 50 things at 25% effort. When you put your main focus on the tasks that are most important, life is simplified, and you are LESS stressed. AHH, feel better? Focusing is relaxing!
This is the time of your life when your plate is full with school, extra curricular activities, and maintaining a social life. Athlete, Kailey Nicole Williamson, says it best, “I work hard in school so that I have little homework, then I go to practice and practice as hard as I can. Then I go home, study, shower, get bed and do it all over again! I usually hang out with friends on the weekends when I’m not at a competition. It takes a lot of work and organization, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
You cannot make time for everything and everyone, but you can set your priorities up so that you work smarter, not harder, and achieve success!
Griffin Myers – Southest JAMcare Rep