Do you ever feel overwhelmed thinking about everything you have to do during softball season? You aren’t alone. Trying to navigate homework, practice and friends isn’t easy for anyone.

As a player and a student I learned that athletics and academics can be a balancing act. However, mastering the two can be crucial to your success.

I found that practicing these three steps helped me keep stress down and stay focused.

1. Set long- and short-term goals for yourself (and stick to them!)

Don’t just think about tomorrow: Think about the future. Setting long-term goals will give you something to strive toward. Short-term goals will allow you to track your progress as you go. It’s important to challenge yourself. Setting difficult but realistic goals will motivate and encourage you to push yourself to the next level.

2. Take charge of your life.

By staying organized you can be in control of your time. Keep a daily planner or an organized book of to-do lists to track all of your schedules. A schedule will let you know if you have things such as a big test to study for the same night as a late practice.

3. Ask for help.

If you do get overwhelmed, it can be easy to think skipping extra study time or homework for softball will help your team. In reality, sacrificing your grades for softball is only going to let your team down in the long-run because you won’t get to play, at all. If you do need extra help don’t be afraid to ask your teachers, coaches or even your teammates. That’s one of the best parts about being on a team: You’re never alone.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

You have what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. Start setting goals, taking charge, and allowing people to help you when you need it. Mastering these skills is the first step on your way to being the best you can be.

About the Author:

Courtney Austin is a member of Ringor’s Customer Experience Team..

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