Time management is one of the most important skills that anyone can develop. It allows you to accomplish as much as you can in your life. Many BJJ beginners are under the impression that if they want to be a “professional” jiu-jitsu athlete, then they have to dedicate all their time to the sport and they won’t have time to accomplish anything else – this is simply not true. There are many competitive black belts out there that have accomplished other things besides winning tournaments - like having university degrees and running their own businesses. Here are some small tips that can help you fit in your training and more;
Mark your schedule.
It’s always good to have some sort of day planner either on your computer, phone or just a small book you keep with you that you can write in. This will give you a clear way of seeing your daily activities and how much extra time you have to play with. First start by always entering your priorities. It’s usually a blend of work/job/career, training, rest and family time. After you have jotted this into your calendar, you can fit in things like hobbies or anything else you like to do. This can range from watching TV shows, movies and hanging out with friends, to errands like grocery shopping etc. The more organized you are, the more you will be able to stretch out your time. Just remember to keep travel time in mind as you fill it up. The main benefit here is that it’s much easier to plan things when it’s all sitting there in front of your eyes.
Don’t over do it.
Properly documenting your schedule will mean that you will have a good idea of other activities you can fit into your week. However, there can be a tendency to over-fill your schedule and burnout. Not only do you have to account for travel time, but you also have to think about important details like meal times. Although people may think it’s not an important thing to mark down, meals are going to give you the energy to keep an efficient pace throughout the day. So mark your major meals in your schedule and even the times of when you should have small snacks.
Make time to rest.
I’ve already mentioned how important it is to include time for meals and travel time, but it’s also important to save time for things like “power naps” or just a moment to relax. If you work a nine to five job, then a good time to nap would be during a lunch break or right after work when you get home before training. Twenty minutes is a manageable amount of time because it’s something realistic that anyone can fit into a schedule. Just remember to make those twenty minutes count – sleep in a room that is both as dark and quiet as possible. Lastly, make sure to go to bed on time every night to properly rest.