Data Collection – Thank yourself!

I was never really a fan of keeping notes. Not in class or for training logs or for my first few years coaching. I felt I was better at recognizing where we are, which takes a lot of objectivity and is hard to admit at times, as well as knowing what the next step was to be.

It was because I was truly an assistant coach and didn’t “have” to worry about that “stuff”. I didn’t have the pressure or obligation. I was the objective observer.

Now I’m in charge of my own group of athletes and I plan ahead (but not too far) with more detail and keep as much data as I can.

What caused the paradigm shift?

James McCowan, my boss and colleague at Vassar, looked at my disheveled note book and my chaotic practices (aka 5 different workouts going on at the same time) in 2012 and said, “You must keep better notes. You’ll thank yourself later.”

Now he’s an easy-going boss, giving me lots of opportunities to figure it out on my own but, often steps in just prior to a jHARRIS meltdown.

How do you know how to move forward if you don’t know exactly where you have been? How do you track progress if you don’t have specifics?

If you just simply record what you are currently doing, that, at the minimum, will give you more feedback than most people can give.

Then, it also puts you in control of that vicious cycle (the feedback-validation loop).

So, what are you waiting to track?

You’ll thank yourself or James later!

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