The Grand Daddy of All Excuses…

Happy first day of fall!  I love shorts and long-sleeve weather.  It gets a little hard to find your ball under a pile a leaves, but hey, if we hit the fairway every time, that’s not a problem:)

So, listen to this.  Last night was the school board meeting at our Co-Founder Ryan’s kids’ grade school.  His wife Kendra sits on the board, so we got some insider information on an extremely controversial thing going on at the school.

You see, their grade school is across the street from the local high school that is constructing a brand spanking-new, state-of-the art facility.  It’s kinda like what the SEC would do if they ran high school campuses.  There’s no lazy river to my knowledge, but it’s pretty badass. 

So here was the big controversy last night:

The construction traffic is causing delays at drop-off and pick-up.  Pretty big deal, right? 

With a straight face, one of the board members pleaded for a solution because it takes her 8 whole minutes to get off the lot.  Last year, it may have taken 5.

Another poor lady, also dead serious, told the board that if she misses her window by 2 minutes in the morning, she gets stuck behind the school buses, and it makes her kids late for school.

For at least 30 minutes, that was the topic of discussion.  We’re not sure how long it actually went on because Kendra couldn’t take it anymore and walked out. 

We can both agree, the solutions are very simple:  1)Leave your house a little earlier in the morning, and 2) Suck it up at pick-up – it’s a few extra minutes for the next year while they improve the community.  Get over yourself.

I bring it up because it got me thinking about how often we use time as an excuse.  In fact, that is one of the top 3 excuses I get from golfers.  It’s total BS.

Sure, there are days that get away from us, but we can all find 40-50 minutes per day to take care of ourselves.  And the irony is if we don’t take care of ourselves, then we really will be out of time.  

Here are a few things that work for me to be more efficient with my time:

  1. Plan my day, every day, and write it down.  I love crossing things off my list.
  2. Prioritize your tasks.  40 minutes of working out supersedes watching the latest episode of Ted Lasso.  By the way, you can do those two things at the same time. 
  3. Keep busy.  Seems counterintuitive, but the more things on our list, the more productive we are. 

No excuses.  Play like a champion today (I stole that from the Fighting Irish).

Your #1 Fan,

Jeff Pelizzaro

PS – If you’re tired of using time as an excuse, then I cannot recommend the 18STRONG Membership App enough.  None of the workouts in any of the training programs are longer than 50 minutes.

Every day, carve out 50 minutes, and your life and game will change.  Here’s the link: