Many managers subscribe to the adage that "staying busy" means you are working hard and on track to being more successful.  While this is true to some extent, jumping from one task to another with constant interruption usually results in stress, as well as essential projects falling through the cracks. 

Believe it or not, there ARE enough hours in the day to be productive with time to spare for enjoying family, friends, mentoring your staff, and honing your golf game!  It's about learning and incorporating effective time management practices.  Let the eight suggestions below be the catalyst in helping you and your team manage your time more effectively for a more enjoyable and productive season.


Make Lists and Prioritizing Tasks a HABIT
Commit to writing lists and prioritizing tasks daily!  Investigate and choose a phone app or computer program like Wunderlist, Notes, Google Tasks, Reminders – whatever works best for you.
Identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete and do those FIRST.  Once complete, move on to other things or move them to the top of tomorrow's list.

Get an Early Start
Nearly all of us are plagued by the impulse to procrastinate. It seems so easy, and you always manage to get it done eventually, so why not?  Procrastination creates stress and leads to mediocre results or, worse, failure to meet an important deadline.  Prioritize, schedule, and get it done. 

Delegate or Eliminate the Non-Essential
Golf Professional's days are full of excess demands, requests, and added responsibility.  When you can identify that excess and either delegate or eliminate it, you become more in touch with what is significant and what deserves your time.  Mentoring and teaching staff to implement the same habits makes you a better manager and your team more productive.

Learn to Say "NO"
At some point, you need to learn to set boundaries and decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know affect the success of your operation, and you can accomplish on time.

Lock Down
No distractions, no excuses. Sometimes, the only way to get something done is alone in a room under lock and key.

Leave a Buffer Between Tasks
When we rush from task to task, it's difficult to appreciate what we're doing and to stay focused and motivated. Allowing downtime between tasks can re-energize your brain as well as keep you visible with your members and staff.

Set Aside a Couple of Hours on the Weekend
Doing just a little on weekends can lessen the workload during the week.  (Aim for 2 hours per day.)  You'll still leave yourself plenty of free time for activities.
Schedule Time for Enjoyment!
Work/Life balance is vital to your health and well-being.  Make time to relax and enjoy time away from your facility and spend time with family and friends.