An incredible human feat - prepare to be impressed!
I have today been listening to an interview with an incredible woman. Jasmin Paris, a record breaking ultra marathon champion was chatting to Simon Mundie on the “Don’t Tell Me The Score” podcast about endurance, time management, and achieving your goals. Why? Well, when you hear her story, you will understand why she is perfectly qualified to discuss these topics.
Earlier this year, Jasmin took part in the 268 mile Spine race across the Penine Way National Trail, widely regarded as one of the toughest endurance races in the world. Jasmin, became not only the first woman to win the race outright, she also smashed the men’s course record by a staggering 12 hours.
As if this wasn’t incredible enough, Jasmin was also expressing milk for her 14 month old daughter along the route. In addition, whilst training for The Spine, she was not only juggling the demands of being a Mum to a young baby during the day, she was up in the night feeding her baby, before getting up at 5am to complete a long training run. And all this on top of working as a vet.
I was desperate to find out how she managed to fit it all in, particularly from a time management point of view. By focussing on valuable tasks only, each with a real purpose and connected to supporting her achieve her goals, or to help her family and career, Jasmin explained how she is able to juggle everything efficiently.
She stressed that we first need to love what we do and when we find that it gives us passion, purpose, focus and drive. By having challenging and inspiring goals to work towards, it helps her to decide where to focus her attention and time. She doesn’t watch TV! She occasionally watches the odd film and only looks at social media approximately 3 times a week. Jasmin is able to juggle everything by using her time well - only on 'worthwhile tasks' - tasks that she knows underpin and support her goals rather than detract and distract. She uses her time well, not losing hours on YouTube, Social Media, or TV. A lesson for us all!
So, stop reading this …., and focus on your valuable tasks….!!!