How To Effectively Manage Time During Championships

It is very important to effectively manage your time during championships such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Once in the Village, you are removed from your ordinary routine and find yourself in a new and foreign environment. 

Managing time is important for a variety of reasons. Firstly, you do not want to sych yourself out. Not being able to switch your mind off the Championships will lead to a lot of unneeded anxiety and stress. It is important to think about why you are at the Championships, but if you focus too much on the competition itself, it can often be detrimental.

The most common ways for athletes to kill time in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games villages include:

  • Playstation/Games Rooms
  • Card Games
  • Socializing
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Reading

I find the best way to help me manage my time is to plan my days out the night before. When I dedicate "A" hours to training, "B" hours to television, "C" hours to food and "D" hours to socializing, it helps me stick to a plan. Having a plan means that I am not sitting around wasting time and getting nervous.