The world record for the mile run is 3:43.13. The world record average mile for a marathon (26.2 miles) is 4:42 and the average mile for a champion ultra marathoner in a 100-mile race is 7:04.
If we compare life to running, then distance inherently influences pace. Consecutive 3:43 miles for 100 miles, or even 26.2, is unsustainable. And while a single miler can start and finish a race without a drop of water, any experienced distance runner knows that hydration and nutrition along the way spell the difference between finishing well and not finishing at all.
When the goals are more distant, the pace and plan must be altered and the success or failure of your goals hinges on how well you take care of yourself along the way.
Are you pursuing your goals sustainably? Or are you running sprint paced in a 100-mile desert course? Look at your critically and establish the following patterns:
- Find a rhythm and a pace: Nobody performs optimally in burnout mode so ensure that the speed and intensity you begin with can be sustained. As we always say at Gneo, doing more doesn’t mean you are really doing more. Do not confuse busyness with productivity. Part of this rhythm can develop from the simple task of taming your email. With the ubiquity of technology, it can often seem like our smart phones control us instead of the other way around. Founder, Anthony Keane, shared some great thoughts on using your email effectively several months ago.
- Balanced goals: Look at your current goals and make sure that professional goals are balanced with personal goals. Just like the spokes on a wheel must be equal in length for it to roll effectively, your life goals should balance one another so you do not become an extreme and unhappy version of yourself.
- Delegate and prioritize: Of course a Gneo favorite, assess the tasks on your to do list and ask yourself what can be left undone or even eliminated and what can be passed on to someone else. If it’s not worth your time, don’t do it. Outsource time-consuming and unimportant tasks in order to make smarter use of your time.
- Take a break: Whether a break for you looks like a nap or a game of pick-up basketball, insert some fun and relaxation into your day to ensure that the “must dos” of life are punctuated by effective rest. An easy break can be as simple as walking outside. Once free from the four confining walls that surround your workday you may gain a different perspective, a breath of fresh air, and perhaps even a mild sunburn that reminds you that you are alive and human.
- Have boundaries: Boundaries are essential. Whether between people or between yourself and the demands of your life, it is critical to develop the ability to say no and to limit how much time, energy, and emotion you are willing to give a task or a person. Be firm! Effective boundaries are those that are immovable.
Do you have any sustainability tips to help accomplish your goals? Let us know your #6 and have a great, and sustainable, week!