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Time-Management Guidelines For Student-Athletes

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Kathy Toon (@CoachToon) is a PCA Trainer and serves as a sports psychology and performance consultant for several high school and college teams. She also coached NCAA tennis at UC-Berkeley for almost 15 years and received National Coach of the Year in 1999.

In this article, originally written for the Ice Skating Institute, Kathy shares her philosophy on time management: that people do not "manage time," but rather manage how they spend their time. It's an important distinction, because as she notes, time keeps moving regardless of what you as a student-athlete are doing.

The article draws from Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, suggesting student-athletes list their activities within a matrix delineating an activity's "importance" and its "urgency." That can help determine where best to spend time, and in which order of priority.

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