I love the visual impact of Covey’s gallon-sized jar demonstration. He first adds large rocks, then layers in pebbles between them, before adding gravel, sand, and filling any remaining space with water. He used the presentation to illustrate the importance of beginning with the biggest and most important pieces. If he filled the container with sand, there wouldn’t be room for the stuff that creates a life meaningful.
I use this principle when I am planning out my weekly and daily agendas. The importantjobs, the non-negotiables I need to advancemy goals,I schedule first. Often these big rocks may requireseveral days or weeks to complete, but they are my focus. Once I organize my rocks, I insert tinier components from my list. I fill the spaces in between with gravel and smaller items. These are nice to finish, but there is no penalty if they remain undone.
By approaching my organizer in this…
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