During a seminar on time management held for a group of high powered over achievers, the facilitator pulled out a One- gallon wide mouthed mason jars and set it on a table in front of the group. Then he produced a dozen fist sized rocks and 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 out under the tabled and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar assuring the pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more “Is this jar full?”
By this time, the class was onto him “probably not.” One of them answered. “Good” he replied. Ne reached under the table and brought t out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into al 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 until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class as 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” the speaker replied “that’s not the point, the truth this illustration teaches us is: if you don’t put the big rocks first, you will 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, education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others?
Remember to put these big rocks in first or you will never get them in at all.