- Positive Coaching Alliance recommends some practical ways to manage your time. For example, use travel time to and from school, practices and games to read or to complete homework assignments. Take short breaks between tasks to clear your mind so that you can move on to the next task or project and complete it efficiently. Don’t procrastinate. The temptation to do so often means you are dreading a certain project. Diving right in reduces the dread, so that the time you might have spent worrying you now are spending on completing the assignment and eliminating the need for worry. Best of all that clears your mind to focus 100% on your basketball, making it more likely you will excel on the court.