Administering Your Diving Team
Many diving coaches love to coach but do not like the administrative duties that are required to run a successful diving team.
Running a diving team is much like running a business — it is very important to keep up on the day-to-day administrative tasks. Examples are returning e-mails and phone calls, recruiting and registering new divers, billing and bill paying, collecting past due fees, lesson plans, continuing education, etc.
A simple solution is to schedule a block of time — the same time every day — to do these things. Mornings is a great time for many coaches because the mind is fresh, there are few distractions and generally speaking — most practice times are scheduled for the afternoon or evening.
Schedule office time (whether that be at home, a place of business, or a coffee shop) and try to answer all e-mails, return phone calls and perform all of the routine tasks that need to done in order to keep your diving program (read: business) running smoothly. Often, these daily administrative duties can be accomplished in a fairly short time as long as you keep up on them!
WOW! Did you know that if you wake-up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do each day that you will add about 7 1/2 DAYS to your year? (30 minutes x 365 days = 10,950 minutes which equals 182.5 hours which equals 7.6 days). Think about how much more you could accomplish with an extra 7 1/2 days!!