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Nov 14

Sport Psychology Tip of the Day: Checklist for Productive Practices

By Dr. Jack Singer | Applied Sports Psychology

by Jack Singer, Ph.D.
Licensed Sport/Clinical Psychologist

[contentbox width=”500″ borderwidth=”1″ borderstyle=”dashed” bordercolor=”000000″ dropshadow=”0″ backgroundcolor=”F5F5F5″ radius=”0″]This is the second of a series of cutting edge tips from the field of Sport Psychology to help you reach peak performance, both as an individual athlete and as a team. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Dr. Jack at 1-800-497-9880 or email him on the contact page.[/contentbox]

Coaches frequently complain that practices are not consistently productive and research shows that the more practices simulate game conditions, the better athletes and teams perform during games.  Therefore, having consistently productive practices is crucial to team success.

Sport Psychology Tip of the Day: Checklist for Productive PracticesA very thorough checklist for Practice Organization was highlighted in a recent edition of Championship Performance: 

  1. Is the practice schedule for the day displayed on the team bulletin board?
  2. Do the players arrive on time for practice?
  3. Does the coach have a file of previous practices?
  4. Does the coach have a written practice plan?
  5. Does the coach refer back to past practice plans?
  6. Do the plans list specific time limits for each activity?
  7. Does the coach have specific duties planned for each activity?
  8. Do the players know what is expected of them in each practice?
  9. Does each member of the coaching staff have clearly defined responsibilities?
  10. Does the coach have different plans for the separate parts of the season?
  11. Do the players gain or lose stamina and endurance during practice?
  12. Do the players run drills directly related to anticipated game situations?
  13. Can the players raise their intensity levels during practice to the levels they will need in the game?

Structure and organization during practices are key ingredients for success during game time.

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About the Author:

Dr. Jack Singer is a professional speaker, trainer and psychologist. He has been speaking for and training Fortune 1000 companies, associations, CEO’s and elite athletes for 34 years.  Among the association conventions which Dr. Jack has keynoted are those which serve financial planners.

Dr. Jack is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, FOX SPORTS and countless radio talk shows across the U.S. and Canada.  He is the author of “The Teacher’s Ultimate Stress Mastery Guide,” and several series of hypnotic audio programs, some specifically for athletes and some for anyone wanting to raise their self-confidence and esteem. To learn more about Dr. Singer’s speaking and consulting services, please visit  DrJackSinger.com and FunSpeaker.com or call him in the U.S. at (800) 497-9880.

Jun 28

How Is Your “To Do” List Working For You?

By Dr. Jack Singer | Blog , Stress Management

To-do lists are magic. According to experts, the second you write something down, you’re infinitely more likely to actually make it happen than if you rely on your (sometimes faulty) memory. Some of the greatest thinkers – and achievers! – of our time have been inveterate list-makers, including:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Leonardo Davinci
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Martha Stewart

Lists work. Books have been written about the power of lists… but not all lists are created equal! In this short series, I’m going to discuss the six biggest mistakes you’re making with your to-do list, and how to avoid them. You’ll soon be on your way to super-charging your day!

Mistake Number One: Thinking There’s One “Right System”

How to create a To Do list that works for you by Dr. Jack SingerEvery time another productivity book hits the best-seller list, thousands of people jettison their planners, calendars, software programs, and iPad/iPhone apps, thinking that if they just buy the latest and greatest system, they’ll be able to get a handle on their ever-expanding “to-do” list.

The problem with this approach is that while it can be really fun to color-code your tasks, set up e-mail reminders for the next sixteen years, or invest a month’s worth of groceries in a new planner, there’s no guarantee that what works for the author, a blogger, or your best friend is going to work for you. You know yourself and you know what is interesting to you. Stick with what you know and just expand on it.

“To-do” list or task-management systems come in all shapes and sizes. There are electronic versions that are slick enough to send your mom an e-mailed Mother’s Day card for you. There is the good old-fashioned pen-and-paper lists in your day minder, and there are all sorts of hybrids in between. You can “Get It Done” with David Allen, let Franklin-Covey plan your life, or try to remember the milk with the Remember the Milk app on your iPhone. But if you don’t pick a system that’s in line with your personality and your life, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Here are a few things to ask yourself before you invest in a new to-do or task management system:

  • How much time do I want to invest setting up the system and maintaining it? Some systems require you to input all your tasks and appointments into a database, while others rely on a five-minute update at the end of each day. Figure out how much time you have available to allocate to this task. Let’s face facts. If it doesn’t suit you, or you can’t allocate enough time in your day to perform this task, it will simply remain undone. Just one more frustration!
  • Am I a digi-type or a paper-type? Even though it may seem like “everybody” is relying on their iPad to track their to-do lists, you’re not like “everybody.” You may find it downright uncomfortable to have everything kept digitally – and that’s okay. Frankly, the very real concerns with cloud computing and the daily stories we hear about password hacking may be something that prevents you from going 100 percent digital. There is nothing wrong with that!
  • How much “stuff” do I want to carry around with me? If you like to travel light, you may find digital the way to go – or you may want to use a single 3×5 note card to track your list. Alternately, if you carry a backpack, messenger bag or purse, a larger notebook or device might be your computer of choice.
  • How complicated am I? Do you want a simple overview of your tasks, or a color-coded, ranked list backed up by project sections in a notebook or computer file? Don’t go for the gold standard when aluminum will do!

My advice? Match your system to your preferences and personality. Not everyone needs a computerized system capable of launching the next space shuttle, and not everyone is comfortable with a pen-and-paper format. Find something that works for you and stick with it – even if “everyone else” is moving on to something shiny and new.

In my next blog post we will discuss that age old problem of putting way too many things on your “to do” list. It is frustrating, and you wind up feeling needlessly bad.  We will talk about increasing, rather than decreasing your productivity. Stay tuned!

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