Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization quick tip

One of my favorite moments in sports is watching the emotion flow after an athlete finishes an excellent performance. Maybe it is winning a major tournament, maybe winning a Ryder Cup. That is called compartmentalization and is necessary for people to perform. That compartmentalization process usually looks like this, and it is helpful in the short term.

  1. Isolate the issue from all the other challenges you are dealing with because most humans can only focus on one emotional task at a time.
  2. Apply extreme focus on that task until complete.
  3. Focus and take steps to that task, putting one foot in front of the other.

Think of emotions in a sport like taking out the trash. You don’t take the trash outside every time you empty a milk bottle; you throw it in the trash can in the kitchen and close the lid. Then, when it is full, you take it outside. Putting emotion away during competition is necessary, but it creates problems if you don’t empty those emotions when the can is full. This topic is the closest any of these quick tips is to mental health. Many people are aware of the need to put emotions away to perform. Not many acknowledge the need to empty the trash when the performance is done. This taking out the trash process has the best chance of success during downtime. What’s in your trashcan? (We all have a trashcan). Maybe you can’t take it out now, but when is your best time to take it out? When that time comes, find the right person to take it out with you.

Exercise for compartmentalization

What is in my trash can right now? When will I take it out? Who will I take it out with?