If I ask you what your goals are for baseball (and life in general), you would tell me you want to play collegiate and/or professional baseball (or achieve success in general). So, if you want to achieve success, are you ROUTINELY working towards becoming great or are you leaving it up to chance?
Can you tell me what your schedule is for this upcoming week? Do you randomly go hit, throw and workout? When do you do your homework? When do you lift weights?
If you can answer all of those questions, it is most likely because you have built a schedule around your routine.
Why is a routine important?
Routine is important because it allows you to have a rhythm to your life. You know what you are going to do to get better, when you are going to do it and it puts your life on a sort of auto-pilot. Once a routine has been established and has been kept for 21 days in a row, it begins to become a permanent part of your life.
If you look at the life of a college athlete, for example, they have a routine that they stick to. Here is an example of a day in a college athlete’s life:
5:00a: Wake up/Eat Breakfast/Shower
8:00a: Drink Post-Workout Recovery
12:15p: Arrive at locker room
12:30p: Get treatment in training room
1:00p: Hit (Routine of tee work/front toss)
1:45p: Pre-Practice Snack
6:00p: Arrive at home/Dinner
7:00p: Study Hall and/or Study at home
9:00p: Hang out
10:00p: Lights out
If you look at this routine, there are certain items that will change depending on the day of the week. However, there are staples that will stay the same virtually every day/every week.
Some items that you need to make routine, so they become automatic are:
- Lifting Weights
- Personal Hitting session (Away from team practice)
- Long Toss session
- Extra ground ball work
- EATING SCHEDULE
These don’t all have to be things that are done every day, but you should have a routine as to when you do them. For example, you won’t lift weights every day, but if you lift Monday/Wednesday/Friday, your routine should be the time you lift. You do, however, eat every day, so you should know exactly what time every day you will eat. Eating like this is essential as an athlete and this routine will keep you energized, strong, and allow you to maintain your weight. You may not have homework every night, but if at 7:00p every night you have the routine of taking out your binder and checking your planner (or whatever it is you use to track assignments/tests), you will have that schedule set and it will eliminate procrastination and “forgetting” to study!
EVERY successful person, whether they are an athlete, doctor, or something else has a routine they follow to achieve success. Routines ensure that everything that you NEED to do gets done before you “hang out” or just lay around the house. Routine put your priorities in place.