7 tips to manage your time better as a cross training coach

May 23, 2022 | WOD

Being a box coach has a number of roles and responsibilities to the users and to the owner. Creating routines, teaching, providing ideas, maintaining a good service, etc.

This is why, even if you are passionate about your job, organisation can sometimes become a problem. That is why it is so important to optimise tasks.

If this is also your case, here is a list of 8 tips to help you manage your time better.

How to be the best box coach?

This will depend on the cross training model you are working with, but sometimes the versatility of duties and possibilities can lead to poorer organisation. So how can you optimise your time? 8 tips that will make life easier.

1- Don’t organise day by day

A common mistake is to plan on Monday what you are going to do on Tuesday. This can eventually lead to a bottleneck in your plans. If you go day by day, you will end up repeating exercises or even not finding enough time to organise your work properly.

What’s the best way? Well, if you are able to work far enough in advance, it is a good idea to work month by month. You don’t have to have all routines or diets pre-planned. A few lines on what you will do and how will be more than enough. The weight will be lifted off your shoulders and you will be more effective.

2- Divide your clients into different groups

When planning their workouts, for example, you can make a total of 5 or 6 groups to overall help you understand their needs.

For example, put all those who are starting out and who can do the same exercises in the same group. This is also the case for people of a certain age who want something more functional. The key thing about routines is that they should not change too often. This way, you will always have them up to date and they will be perfect for your students.

However, you should always take into account the special needs of the users you are training. At some point, a problem or issue may arise that prevents them from doing general training.

3- Set aside a few hours a day for your work

You don’t just have to be a coach or work as a trainer. There is always a need to design or monitor for your users. Meaning, a bit of admin.

Try to set aside a few hours a day or a week to do these tasks. Keep that time fixed in your calendar. Meaning, don’t leave it until you can’t delay it any longer.

Ideally, for example, you should put these jobs at the start of your workday. This way, everything that comes after will be clearer and already well established. It will be a more organised way of working and will save you time.

4- Have a space for yourself

Whether it’s at home or in the box itself, find a place where you can design users’ workouts or brainstorm ideas for upcoming activities. Put down your mobile phone or any other distraction when you are working, so you can focus more on the task at hand.

These practices will help you to work efficiently and quickly. Respect the place where you choose to work and do not bring anything that might distract you.

5- Practice what you’re learning

Are you a coach who never stops preparing? In the world of cross training and nutrition, continuous training is essential.

How can you optimise it and keep everything you are learning first? Very easy: integrate it into your training and put it to work with your students. This will save you study time. You will memorise what you have learnt beforehand, check its usefulness, resolve any questions that may arise and so on. It is a way to combine work and studies more effectively.

6- Use apps or systems that help you organise yourself better

From an app that reminds you of your daily tasks to a calendar to see your classes. There are many tools that a mobile phone can offer you and that will help you to better plan your day-to-day.

You can also use them, for example, to communicate with students or users. Sending them their diets, their routines, following their progress, etc. A good way to simplify day-to-day tasks can be to use box management software .

7- Avoid procrastinating

We know it’s easier said than done. But what about all those day-to-day distractions, the long conversations, the meetings or simply looking at your phone for too long? Here is an article with some tips on how to stop proscrastinating.

One useful trick is not to have your phone at hand during your working day. Use a tablet or any other digital device to organise your routines or to communicate with your work team. This way, you will avoid the temptation to go on social media.

Extra tip: Review the day when it is over

At first glance it may seem logical, but the truth is that when it is time to go out, very few people spend 5 minutes to see how their day has gone. And this, whether we like it or not, is a serious mistake.

To optimise your time, trial and error are two essential aspects of this process. You will have to see, at the end of the day, what the next morning will bring; what your day will be like.Analysis is always a very useful process that will help you discover problems or mistakes you are making that you could improve.

In short, if you are a coach in a crosstraining box, and you want to enjoy it to the full, time is of the essence. You are going to have to organise your working days well and make the most of them. We have given you some tips that will be very useful and that you can gradually introduce into your routine.

When you try them, will you let us know how they worked for you?

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