Overcome Boredom

Almost every sportsperson/ coach talks about feeling bored. I get it. You are used to being out of the house by 5 am. By 10 am, you probably finish your morning exercise and practise. The rest of your day is usually mapped out, down to the last minute, and you know what exactly you will be doing. From that kind of schedule to counting minutes in each hour/ each passing day is difficult.

With the lockdown, you are forced to do everything within your home or apartment. Your workouts and exercise last only a couple of hours and your work with athlete assignments / follows up takes a couple more hours. Adding time on social media, watching TV, catching up with family, sleeping, etc, the day still seems excruciatingly long and boring.

1. Pick challenges that can be fun and interesting.

  • Follow challenges by national and international champions. A good example is https://www.instagram.com/p/B-1bJrPAzn8. Host a video-based competition for athletes of a similar age group.
  • Host a challenge on creating the best indoor court/ shooting target, etc. Give your athletes a day to prepare.
  • Create a video series to help athletes improve form/ agility, stamina, strength
  • With elite athletes, set time to analyse their past games and walk them through solutions
  • Prepare a 3-month plan you can put into action once academies open up

2. Make time for other fun stuff

  • Have a dance party at home
  • Make art, draw, paint, sew, do carpentry
  • Play board games
  • Learn an instrument
  • Learn to cook/ mom in the kitchen
  • Catch up with family and friends
  • Play online games with friends and family
  • Garden if you have the space/ equipment
  • Organize and optimize your cupboards/ space – your mom will thank you for it! 🙂

3. Learn, Read and Grow

On a more serious note, it’s also probably a great time to do things you haven’t been able to in a long time.

  • Learn something new
  • Read!
  • Meditate and reflect
  • Do some research. Just this morning, I came across https://www.smaful.com/products/b-1. Isn’t this interesting? Would it be possible to create a home version of this?

And finally, don’t forget to watch your favourite shows, movies, and listen to music.

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