Rocks in a Jar

A while back I was reading about an expert on the subject of Time
Management.  One day, this expert was speaking to a group of business
students and to drive home a point he used an illustration those students
will never forget.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he

said, "Okay, time for a quiz."  Then he pulled out a one-gallon,
wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him.  Then he
produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at
a time, into the jar.  When the jar was filled to the top and no more
rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"  Everyone in the
class said, "Yes."  Then he said, "Really?"  He reached under the table
and pulled out a bucket of gravel.  Then he dumped some gravel in and shook
the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces
between the big rocks.  Then he asked the group once more, "Is this jar

By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not,"  one of them


"Good!"  he replied.  He reached under the table and brought out a bucket

of sand.  He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces
left between the rocks and the gravel.  Once more he asked the question,
"Is this jar full?"  "No!"  the class shouted.  Once again he said,

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar

was filled to the brim.  Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What
is the point of this illustration?"  One eager beaver raised his hand and
said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you really
try hard, you can always fit some more things into it."
"No,"  the speaker replied, "that's not the point.  The truth this
illustration teaches us is:  If you don't put the big rocks in first,
you'll never get them in at all."

What are the 'big rocks' in your life?  Time with your loved ones?  Your

faith, your education, your finances?  A cause?

Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all.

So what are the 'big rocks' in your life?