The Big Rocks: A paradigm parable
There is a story in the self-help world about priorities. It goes something like this:
A teacher put a challenge to his students: put a pile of big rocks, small rocks, sand and water into a mason jar, leaving nothing out. The skeptical students tried first by filling the jar with water, then the sand and eventually tried to fit the rocks. The jar could not accommodate the big rocks and the smaller ones were only partially included. After a period of frustration, the teacher stepped in to demonstrate the only way that the experiment could work.
He started by filling the empty jar with the big rocks. Then he poured the smaller rocks in, gently rocking the jar until they fell snugly between the larger rocks. He filled the remaining spaces and crevices with the sand and filled the last bit of space with the water. Every bit of the rocks, sand and water had made its way into the mason jar.
The moral of the story: If you don’t do the important things first, the other things won’t fit. If you fill your day with non-important things, your important things won’t have anywhere to go..
Defining your roles & responsibilities helps you to get a clearer picture of what the Big Rocks are in your life.
By focusing on the Big Rocks you are ensuring that things that matter most are never at the mercy of things which matter least. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe