3 things you can do to be clear, save time, and get to sleep at night

When I first accepted the head coaching job at Washington State University, my former boss congratulated me and then said, "Congratulations coach! That's so awesome. You're not gonna be able to sleep for a month."

He was right. 

As soon as I said yes to this job, my brain turned on with a never-ending checklist on a continuous scroll. All the things I needed and wanted to do would pop into my head - day and night. I had so many thoughts. I couldn't shut them off.

The best thing I did during this transition was hire a coach. We began working together immediately and our coaching relationship continued - almost weekly - for 9 years. I can't imagine how hard things would have been without her consistent support. She taught me strategies I still use and now teach to the coaches I work with today.

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Reflect, Reset, & Realign for the year ahead

Do you ever go home feeling like you've just worked hard all day and gotten nothing done? As a coach, you do a LOT each day! Sometimes you don't even realize it.

Your to-do list constantly gets interrupted by dealing with the actual day to day of your job. It's easy to get off track, lose your momentum, and get stuck.

Do you ever take time to pause at the end of the day to acknowledge what you actually got done? This can be a powerful practice to start now and carry with you into next year. 

REFLECTION

One way to incorporate this new habit is to keep a coaching journal...separate from a workout book. Journalling doesn't have to be a long saga. Keep it simple by jotting down a few thoughts or bullet points. You'll be amazed at how much you did, more clear about what's important, and better able to keep your focus the next day.

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