Now many of us complain: I don`t have time. I don`t have time.` Friends, everyone has 24 hours a day. When you prioritize, when you do essential and don`t do inessentials, you will have time. Principle of 20:80, start thinking, asking and doing.
Here is a story, which will help you to set priorities and you will have more time to spare!
Once, a Professor displayed certain materials on his table. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large glass jug and filled it with rocks, about 2 inch diameter.
He then asked the students whether the jug was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up some of the pebbles and put them into the jug. He shook the jug lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the bigger rocks.
He then asked the students again whether the jug was full. `They agreed it was. The professor picked up sand and poured it into the jug. Of course, the sand filled up the jug. He then asked once more whether the jug was full. The students responded with yes.
The professor then poured two cans of beer into the jug effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. As soon the laughter subsided, professor continued `I want you to recognize that this jug represents your life. The rock are the important things-in your life ` your family, your partner, your health, your children-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained your life would still be` almost full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else the small stuff.` If you put the sand into the jug first, there is no room for the pebbles or rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you`.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party. Take care of the rocks first-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The Professor smiled. `I`m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your file may seem, there`s always time for a couple of beers!`
`Challenge is a part of life ` take it in stride knowing that you will win most of the time, lose some of the time but become a better person either way for having tried.`