Learn In The Lulls
The other day Ben and I were talking with our dude Ben (different than the first Ben, stick with me now). The latter Ben was talking about how he feels really dialed in on what he's eating for lunch and dinner but struggles a bit with breakfast.
For him, most mornings he finds himself pressed for time and grabs something quick like a yogurt. Now, there's little inherently wrong with yogurt, and there are simple ways you can improve the yogurt of choice. That wasn't what Ben wanted.
What Ben wanted was a nice plate of eggs, but he realized that he doesn't know how having never prepared them before. So, even with the best intentions of going from yogurt to eggs, when morning finally presented itself, there was too much of a hurdle for him to follow through.
Yes, it's pretty simple to cook an egg but like anything you don't know this until you do it. Even with something simple, there's still a learning curve. Fortunately, this is once you can get through pretty quickly.
The challenge for Ben is that he wasn't just preparing an egg, he also had to learn how to do it, too. When you're pressed for time, which I'm sure you can relate, you're going to go for what you know.
This is why it's important we "learn in the lulls" and by that I mean focus on learning and developing new skills during practice not in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
If you know your weekday mornings are pretty hectic but your weekends are a bit more laid-back, why wouldn't you give yourself 15 minutes to watch a couple YouTube videos and play around with a half-dozen eggs? I'm not saying you have to eat all six (nor should you be intentionally wasteful), but you shouldn't need much more than that to have a general idea of what and how long it takes to prep up an egg.
Lo and behold you have yourself a new skill that you now can use during game time. Will it take a little bit longer than grabbing a yogurt from the fridge? Sure. That’s ok. You’ll now know just how long it takes and can make a conscious decision of how to best spend that 5 minutes.
Learn when it's quiet so you can apply what you've learned when things get wild.
On your side,