April 25, 2008, Newsletter Issue #214: What really matters?

Tip of the Week

When prioritizing your daily activities and wondering how you´re going to get it all done...remember the tale of the rocks:

A professor, in front of his class of college students filled a large jar with rocks. He asked the students if the jar was full. All agreed that the jar was full.

The professor proceeded to pour pebbles into the jar, which made their way between the rocks filling up more space. The professor once again asked the class if the jar was full. Catching on, they all agreed that, no, the jar was not full yet.

The professor now poured sand into the jar. The sand found its way between the rocks and pebbles and fit nicely into the jar. "Is the jar full now?" the professor asked. There was some mumbling and disagreement among the students.

Next, the professor poured water into the jar, which fit between the rocks, pebbles, and grains of sand.

The moral of this lesson: fill your life with the important stuff first. The less important stuff will find its way in around your priorities.
If the professor had filled the jar with water first, the rocks would have never fit in without making a mess.

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