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An expert in time management was once addressing a group of students and to make a strong point, he used an illustration.
He stood in front of the group of overachievers, and said that it was time for a quiz. He pulled out a one-gallonjar and set it on a table. He then brought out a dozen rocks and placed them into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top with the rocks, he asked the students if the jar was full.
Everyone in the class said yes. He asked them if it really was the case.
He then pulled out some gravel, dumped some of it in the jar and shook it. The pieces of gravel traveled down into the space between the big rocks.
He again asked the class if the jar was full.The group wasn’t sure now and one of them said that it was probably not full.
Now he pulled out a bucket of sand and started dumping the sand in the jar. The sand went into all the spaces that were left between the rocks and the gravel. Once again he asked if the jar was full.The class now unanimously shouted a NO. Now he brought out a pitcher of water and started pouring it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
Then he asked the class the purpose of the illustration. One student replied that no matter how full our schedule is, if we try hard we can fit some more things in.
The speaker; however, said that the illustration taught them that if they don’t put the big rocks in first, they will never be able to get them in at all. Now he asked them what the ‘big rocks’ in theirlives were.
Was it children, loved ones, education, dreams, doing things that they love, time for themselves, their health?
He said that it was important to put the BIG ROCKS in first or they will never be able to get them in at all. If they will sweat the little stuff, like the gravel, the sand, their life will be filled with little things to worry about that don’t really matter, and they will never have the time that they need to spend on the big, significant things.
Ask yourself what the ‘big rocks’ in your life are and put those in the jar first.