How to Budget Golf Time into Your Schedule and Keep Your Family Happy
Time management affects every aspect of our lives. We need more time to get our work done. We need more time to spend with family, to pay bills, to go on vacation. We need more time for everything. And we need more time for fun.
Spending time with hobbies and things we enjoy doing is a self-endowed reward that helps us recharge our batteries and rejuvenate so that we are even better and more ready to face the world the next day.
The Problem is Still Time Management
It seems that, no matter what circle of people you are talking to in life, it still comes down to time management. Let’s face it: we, all have the same, number of hours each day to use the way we see fit. The job we have, the company we own, and the families we raise all demand and require a great portion of that time. We gladly give the time to these pursuits without thinking about it. But what is left over for self-actualization? Many people feel that they get enough of self-actualization in their jobs, but doesn’t everyone need a little time for themselves outside of their typical “grind?” The answer is “yes!”
Life According to Golf Fanatics
For golfers, this resonates with them as well. How do they get in 18-holes of golf with their buddies amidst all of the work obligations, meetings, and family events? Golfing takes time. It is a slow-paced game that was invented for the purpose of relaxing and enjoying oneself. If golf were meant to be played through fast, wouldn’t it require players to run, rather than walk to the next hole or green? Part of the joy of golfing is also the social status and involvement that it necessitates. Have you ever seen a group of doctors play through a round of golf without talking to each other? Only in the PRO leagues!
Keeping Your Family Happy When You’re Obsesses with the Sport
Lots of golfing people start feeling a bit of a strain on their family life as they get more and more involved in the game. That’s because they get a little obsessed. As they improve their game, they reach a point when they want to spend more and more time on the golf course. It can become an addiction! But if you include your family in some of these outings, it can also become a family affair. So try to schedule in some of you’re golfing time with family, such as on once-a-month Saturdays, so that they will feel like they are a part of the process. Your older kids could even help out occasionally at the country club, which will make you points with the club owner as well.
The Time That Flies
So how do we capture some of the time that flies so that you can have the time to spend on the golf course that you want and need to relax and find yourself again?
Here are a few tips on how you can do that and still have plenty of time for your family, job responsibilities, and self-improvement, while working on your golf game.
1. Play courses that are closer to home. It’s true that many golfers enjoy locating golf courses that are far away from their home area. But playing courses closer to home allows for more frequent golfing outings that could be shorter in duration. Thinking of golfing as a fast but routine activity that you enjoy on your lunch hour, for example, with a couple of friends, is a much better and more fulfilling experience than a once-a-year golf event in Pebble Beach, Florida that only lasts one day. Think about it.
2. Visit the driving range. Sure, it’s more fun to play through the course. But visiting the driving range to work on your drive technique
can pay off big over time. Expert sports psychologists tell us that even visualizing making that 100-yard drive off the fairway is a good mental exercise that often allows for improved results when you do get on the course.
3. Form a golfing club. No pun intended. Tell some of your friends at work that you want to form an exclusive golfing club. The purpose of this would be primarily to encourage each other to find time to golf a few times a week. One person’s job could be to serve as the “scheduler” that works out the week’s golfing time with everyone’s work schedules so that there is sure to be time to play through at least nine holes a week. With a coordinated effort like this, it increases the level of motivation of dedicated golfers without detracting from the workplace duties. It would come to be looked at as a type of reward whereby people feel they are getting something in return for all of their hard work.
4. Golf at non-traditional times. The scheduler in plan #3 could work out times that are somewhat non-traditional for golfing, such as early in the morning, as soon as the club opens but before work, after work, or during lunch breaks. You will need to factor into the equation the amount of time it takes to get everyone there, travel, gas up, and return, as this all takes time from the work day. But, if planned strategically, it can be done.
5. Make the country club owner your new best friend!
Okay, so we’re being a bit cute here, but think about asking the owner out for lunch sometime with your golfing friends and think about what you could do for him or her that would increase business or memberships. Offer to put business cards for country club memberships out to 10 people per month in return for allowing you to play through at “odd times.” You might be surprised what the club owner will do in exchange for a little free PR and salesmanship. Another idea is to offer to help out for free at the club from time to time, perhaps on a Saturday when you are there with your family. This might appeal to them too. Remember, if you want someone to do something for you, you need only to think about what it is they need or want, and try to fulfill that need. Then they may bend over backward to cater to your wishes as well.
6. Include family in your weekend golf plans. Even if you already have a good golfing schedule worked out with your co-workers or work buddies, consider including family in some of your weekend excursions, so that you keep them happy too. by involving them in your golfing activities, they will get more involved in the game as well, and it will not become a point of conflict. You will not be able to involve your family every time but some are better than none, and you can teach your kids to love your favorite sport at the same time.
A Shift in Thinking
Perhaps all that is needed for avid golf enthusiasts is a shift in thinking from the traditional once-a-week Saturday golf day to the 3-times-per-week quickie golf fix! It won’t seem as though you are spending as much time on the course each time for awhile, but soon you’ll learn to coordinate your efforts quickly and effectively, so that you and your golfing buddies arrive on the course in record time so that you can enjoy your game. And the more frequent golfing that you can engage in, as a result, will be well worth the time it takes to get your new golfing schedule in gear.
SUMMARY: How to Budget more Golf Time
A round of golf takes awhile, so you may have to sacrifice some of your putting time in exchange for a richer, more everyday experience on the golf course. You may have to find courses closer to home, budget time at odd or non-traditional times that allow you to play quicker rounds, rather than a whole 18-hole game. You may have to plan your golfing if you want to do it on any semi-regular basis. But isn’t anything important worth putting some thought into? Time management affects every aspect of our lives, and sports and recreation should be scheduled into our schedules, especially for those who find golfing an important part of their lifestyle. With a little thought, you can make it happen and schedule in that all-important recreational time on the golf course using one or all of the tips we have provided here.
How much time do you spend on your favorite sport? Would you like to get on the course more often? Spending time doing the things you love is therapeutic and helps you remember that life is not all about work, family, and obligations. So get with your best golfing buddies and put this plan in motion. Just do it starting today or next week. You’ll be surprised how fast you may come up swinging!