|Fulfillment@Work: THE GREATEST TIME MANAGEMENT LESSON EVER TAUGHT
February 14, 2000
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1. The Greatest Time Management Lesson Every Taught
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The Greatest Time Management Lesson Every Taught
A while back I was reading about an excellent demonstration on the subject of time management. Dr. Stephen R. Covey was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I'm sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you'll never forget it either.
As Dr. Covey stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers, he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, Is this jar full? Everyone in the class said, "Yes."
Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel.
Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted.
Once again he said, "Good!" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!"
"No," Dr. Covey replied, "that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."
What are the 'big rocks' in your life? A project that YOU want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all. So, tonight or in the morning when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the BIG ROCKS in my life or business? Then, put those in your jar first.
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Quotes of the Week
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Dream Job Coaching Report
The past year, Dream Job Coaching founder Joel Garfinkle has volunteered on a six-week program he created for teens. Started last spring in northern California, the program will be continued this fall. Joel leads high school students through activities designed to help define their interests and passions and show how those interests can be translated into careers. The students learn what their unique gifts are and how they can best honor those gifts through their actions.
By teaching the students how to set and accomplish goals, Joel's program builds self esteem and helps the teens grow in many aspects of their lives. This is what is covered during the program: Week 1 - Finding the Dream Week 2 - Vision of Dream Week 3 - Mining for Fulfillment (Uncovering Your Passion) Week 4 - Creating a Plan for the Dream Week 5 - Being in Action Daily to Create the Dream Week 6 - Review and Inspiration
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