Life doesn’t stop for Golf - unless it is your profession ;). It’s unhealthy and counter productive if it does: “I’ll do ‘X’ later, I need to practice if I’m going to make it onto the European Tour!”. In reality, if you let other commitments pile up, not only will they suffer, your Golf will too, as life's stresses will likely leek into your Golf game. It is much wiser to take the steps necessary to balance the demands of Golf and other realities of life so that both benefit. Not as easy to quantify as hitting a certain number of Greens in a round or taking 5 shots off your handicap, there are some useful steps you can take to find the right balance between Work/School, Golf, Family, Friends, Relationships and Personal Time.
On average we have about 112 waking hours to ‘spend’ each week (8 hours sleep per day). A good exercise to do is to calculate how many hours you are Working/In School; how many hours you plan to Practice, Physically Train, Play and how many hours you expect to devote to Family Activities. As you probably are realising, it doesn’t leave much time for Friends, ‘Hanging Out’ etc (although there is definitely a place for that). A breakdown for an Elite Golfer might look like this:
- Work/Golf - 65%, of their time, or about 73 hours per week.
- Family - 10%, or about 11 hours per week.
- Friends - 10%, or about 11 hours per week.
- Personal (reading, TV, internet) - 10%, or about 11 hours per week.
- Relationships - 5%, or about 6 hours per week.
This is only an example and everyones life is different.
Here is a useful Tool for you establish your weekly Time Budget: