>Which Ones are My Big Rocks?

>A college professor teaching a course on time management set a large jar on his desk and filled it with big rocks. He asked his students, “Is the jar full?” They said yes.

Then he poured a bag of small gravel into the jar. He asked, “Is the jar full?” and again received a “yes” answer.

Then he poured in a bag of sand and a pitcher of water until all the crevices of the jar were filled.

Then he asked, “All right, what does this illustration teach us?”

One student replied, “That’s easy. It teaches us that no matter how busy your life is, you can always make room for more.”

“No, you’ve missed the point completely!” the professor said. “This teaches us that if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

Another lesson it teaches me is that there is only so much room for the big rocks–500 big rocks won’t fit in there. My jar isn’t THAT big…

If I think of the jar as my 24-hour day, then each “rock” takes up a certain amount of time. I’ve got to choose the most important “big rocks” so I use those spaces of time in the jar effectively, thus filling up the jar with the right combination of elements.

The problem I’m having is two-fold, no, it’s three-fold.
* I have too many big rocks
* Each rock takes up too much space in the jar

* I’ve been treating some of the “rocks” as “gravels” or even “sand”

Time for some reevaluation of priorities…


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