Some people manage their time very well and some people don’t… they end up rushing around in a mad flap and late for everything. What can we do to make sure we are on time for a lesson or a competition?
Good time management is the key!
I always work backwards. For example, my dressage test time is 4.30 pm. I know my horse needs at least 30 minutes warm up which means I have to be on his back by 4 pm latest. I now need to know how long it takes for me to get myself ready (say 15 minutes before getting on) and how much time is needed to get him groomed and tacked up, say 45 minutes. I have to start grooming at 3 pm.
I also then work into my schedule contingency minutes – what if something goes wrong, what if he rolled and is extra dirty, what if I need more time to get myself ready etc etc.
So now I already know that I have to start getting organised latest by 230 pm. Extra time is good. Running out of time is not.
You can use this method of working backwards for anything, whether it is a lunch date, an appointment with the dentist, or a lesson with your coach. You just need to know how long it takes you to do a certain task, or to get from A to B. Be generous with your estimates.