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Healthy Mindset 10

Chapter 10: A Healthy Mindset for Balance

Finding a balance between school, work, and play can be difficult. Juggling responsibilities while trying to find time for relaxation seems impossible. However, with a mindful approach, it is possible to find a healthy balance that works for you. A healthy mindset is all about creating balance. You need to focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health. When you are physically healthy, you have the energy and strength to pursue your goals. When you are mentally healthy, you have the clarity and focus on achieving your dreams. When you are emotionally healthy, you have the courage and confidence to live your life to the fullest. David Allen, one of the current top productivity gurus, said, “If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves” (Allen, 2022). Look back at your goals from Chapter 4.

What goals did you make that relate to school?

What goals did you make that relate to work?

What goals did you make relating to sports?

What goals are specifically personal goals unrelated to these three areas?

What responsibilities do you have outside of your goals?

As anyone who has ever tried to juggle multiple responsibilities knows, it can be a challenge to keep everything in balance. There are two main ways to approach this task: managing time and managing energy. Time management involves creating a schedule and sticking to it, which can be difficult when unexpected events pop up. Energy management is a bit more flexible; it involves knowing when to push through and when to take a break. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to find the method that works best for you. If you're the type of person who thrives on structure, then time management may be the way to go. But if you're more spontaneous, then energy management may be a better fit. Ultimately, the best way to balance your responsibilities is the way that works best for you.

Time Management Managing your time can be a difficult task, but it is essential for success in your personal and athletic life. There are a few simple steps that you can take to start managing your time more effectively. First, make a list of the tasks that you need to accomplish each day. Prioritize the items on your list so that you know which ones are most important. It is a good idea to prioritize responsibilities first. For example, if you need to feed the dog every day before you leave the house, that should be a top priority because the dog can't do that on its own.

Now, allocate a specific amount of time to each task. This will be the amount of time you expect each task to take.

Time Blocking Time blocking is a strategy that can be used to manage time more effectively. The basic idea is to block off specific periods of time for specific activities. For example, you might block off the first hour of each day for your morning routine, followed by eight hours for school, then an hour after school for practice. You may block out time in the evening for your evening routine and time for work. You can color-code different activities to make things easier to see at a glance. By scheduling your time in this way, you can ensure that you are making the most efficient use of your time. For example, using time blocking, your schedule might look something like this.

Additionally, time blocking can help to reduce distractions and procrastination, as you will be less likely to wander off-task if you have a set plan for how to use your time. You can look at space in your schedule and see where you can find time to work towards your goals. Creating a schedule with free tools such as Google Calendar or iCal can help you create a time-blocked schedule that you can stick to. Be sure to include breaks in your schedule so that you don’t get overwhelmed or burnt out. Finally, stick to your schedule as much as possible and don’t try to do too much at once.

Energy Management Time management doesn't work for everyone. Energy management is another great way to balance your schedule. Our bodies naturally go through cycles of energy throughout the day, and by learning how to identify and work with these natural rhythms, we can greatly improve our focus and efficiency. For example, many people find that they have the most energy in the morning, so they use this time for tasks that require mental focus and concentration. As the day goes on and our energy levels dip, we can switch to less demanding tasks, such as spending time with friends and family or enjoying a hobby. Start by assigning an energy level to each responsibility. For example, practice will be a high-energy activity, while your morning routine will be a low-energy activity. Then assign energy levels for each of your goals. Over the next few days, keep track of what energy level you have during unscheduled time and match your typical energy level at that time to a goal with the same energy level.

Downtime is Just as Important as Active Time As any athlete knows, the key to peak performance is a balance of active and inactive time. While it is important to put in the hard work during practice and training, it is just as important to take time to rest and recover. During downtime, the body has a chance to repair muscle tissue, replenish energy stores, and remove waste products. This is essential for maintaining long-term health and preventing injury. Furthermore, downtime provides an opportunity to mentally recharge, which can help to improve focus and concentration. So next time you're feeling lazy, remember that downtime is just as important as active time. Give yourself a break, and you'll be ready to perform at your best when it matters most. As anyone who has ever tried to balance their school, work, sports, and personal goals knows, it can be difficult to find the right mix. You may feel like you're constantly juggling tasks and never have enough time for yourself. By creating this visual representation of your days, you can see how much time you're actually spending on each type of activity. You can then begin to make adjustments to your schedule. For example, if you realize that you're working long hours but not taking enough time for yourself, you may decide to cut back on your work hours or take more breaks during the day. By tracking your time and energy, you can gain valuable insights into your daily routine and find ways to create a more balanced schedule.

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