A Parable About Time Management
By Nancy Zwiers
The teacher stood in front of her students who had signed up for a course on time management. They were committed to using their precious time in the most optimal way.
Because this teacher was wise, she created a lesson that was interactive, driven forward by a series of questions that provoked responses from the class.
First, the teacher put a 10-gallon bucket on the table that represents the time we each have in our lives…
The teacher knew it was finally time to bring the lesson home. She asked her students what lesson they derived. (And here, before you read on, I ask you to stop for a moment and ponder: What lesson did you derive?)
Their collective conclusion felt a bit daunting, as they each reflected on their respective busy lives. “There’s always room to fit more in.” (sigh…)
But, once again, the teacher surprised them.
“Actually no. The lesson is that you have to put the big stuff in place first. If you fill your life, your time with little stuff first, there will never be room for the big, important stuff.”
Wow! This lesson was shared with me 20 years ago and I never forgot it.
What are your large rocks? Does your calendar include all that is most important to you? Periodically, stop and think about what’s most important to you at this time, and plan your calendar accordingly.
This lesson can be applied in the context of our whole lives, as well as more specifically in the context of our jobs: Put the big rocks in first!
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