A Time Management Schedule Reduces Stress and Increases Productivity

A time management schedule boosts your productivity and reduces your stress.

Let’s face it, all of us are busy and probably feel that 24 hours is not enough time to get everything that we want done.

If this is the case, then you need to prioritize your tasks so that you can get the most important things done.

A time management schedule ensures that you get the most important things done.

I like this "Big Rock Small Rock" story to highlight this point.

The Big Rock, Little Rock Story

One day, a time management expert was giving a lecture to a number of students. While talking to the students the professor reached under the desk for a one-gallon jar and put it on the desk for all the students to see.

From the desk he opened a drawer and produced a number of fist-sized rocks. The professor filled the jar, one rock at a time.

When the professor could not put any more rocks in the jar he asked his students "Is the jar full yet?"

All the students in the class shouted "Yes!"

"Really?" said the professor as he reached under the desk and pulled out a bag of smaller rocks. Dumping the smaller rocks into the jar, he shook the jar, so that the smaller rocks fell to the bottom and between the spaces of the big rocks.

The professor then asked the students again "Is the jar full yet?"

The class, knowing that the professor was trying to highlight a point, replied tentatively "Probably not".

"Good" said the professor as he reached under the desk and brought out a bag of sand. Dumping the sand into the jar, the sand went to the bottom and filled the spaces between the small and big rocks.

Once more the professor asked the class, "Is the jar full yet?"

"No" came the resounding reply from the class.

"Good" said the professor as he reached under the desk and for a pitcher of water and poured it until the water was full to the brim of the jar.

The professor said to the class, “What is the point of this exercise?"

One student put up their hand and replied "That no matter how full your day is you can always get more into it."

"No" said the professor.

"The moral of the story" said the professor "is that if you don't get the big rocks in first, you won't ever get them in. What are the big rocks in your life - your family, your loved ones, your health and education or indeed anything that moves you towards your goals"

When you reflect on this story consider what the BIG ROCKS are of your life.

A good time management schedule ensures that you schedule the big rocks of your life - make room for them first.

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