Thursday, September 24, 2009

Creating Time


Wanting more time seems to a common theme among writers, and probably everybody else as well. All the comments on my last post were about wanting more time.

I found this awesome post by Michael Hyatt on creating time.

Stephen Covey tells the story in First Things First of attending a seminar, in which the instructor pulled out a wide-mouth gallon jar. He sat it on the table next to some fist-sized rocks.

“How many of these rocks do you think we can get in the jar?” he asked.The students made various guesses. The instructor then proceeded to fill the jar with the rocks. It looked like it was full. He asked the class, “Is this jar full?” Everyone looked at the jar and agreed that it was indeed full.

He then reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He then dumped the gravel into the jar. The gravel went in between all the little places left by the big rocks.

Then he grinned and once more asked, “Is the jar full?” By this time, the class was on to him. “Probably not,” several of the students said.

“Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He poured it into the jar. It went into all the spaces left by the big rocks and the gravel. Again, he asked the class, “Is this jar full?”

“No,” the class shouted.

He said, “Good!” He then grabbed a pitcher of water and poured almost a quart of water into the jar. Then he said, “What’s the point?”

Someone said, “If you really work at it, you can always squeeze more stuff into your life.”

“No,” the instructor responded. “That’s not the point. The point is this: if you hadn’t put these big rocks in first, would you ever have gotten any of them in?”

I would make an additional point. The big rocks are a metaphor for the important stuff. If you don’t make room for the important stuff, it will be overwhelmed by the less important stuff." Michael Hyatt - Creating an Annual Time Block

Hyatt then goes on to say how he blocks out his year so that his important stuff gets scheduled. He says, "Make sure you schedule time for the things that are important to you. If you don’t, you will find yourself scrambling to find time for the things that are important. If you are not careful, you will wake up one day and discover that you have spent your life living for other people’s priorities."

Only I'm thinking...

SCHEDULE YOUR DAY -- Don't let your writing time get lost in all the other things you need to squeeze into your day. The rest of time will take care of itself.


Jaime Theler said...

Now that's a picture! How fun it must have been getting all those men out of the phone booth. I have to make sure and put in the big rocks first, too.

I realized I'm behind on posting miles since Sept. 10th.

spinning = 20 miles
Running = 9 miles

(definitely slowing down on the mileage)

L.T. Elliot said...

I love that jar analogy. Priorities in their places. I've just reevaluated mine and had to make space for some big rocks.