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A science teacher picked up a large empty jar and filled it with rocks about two inches in diameter. The teacher asked the students: “Is the jar full?” Everyone in the class agreed that the jar was full. Then the teacher poured pebbles into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The teacher then asked the students again: “Is the jar full.” The class laughed and agreed that now the jar was full. Next, the teacher poured sand into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar. “Now,” asked the teacher: “Is the jar full? “ The students did not answer right away but finally agreed that now the jar was full. With that the teacher brought out a pitcher of water and poured it into the jar till it was filled to the brim. The teacher exclaimed, the jar was filled. The teacher then explained to his students.
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We have important things to take care of…our priorities. These are represented by the large rocks. We also have things which we enjoy doing, these are the pebbles. We have other things we have to do, like the sand. And finally, we have things that simply clutter up our lives and get in our way, the water.

If you fill your jar with water until it is completely full, you will not be able to add any pebbles, sand or big rocks. But if your large priorities are tackled, scheduled, and completed, you can then do the smaller but less important things. What are your large rocks (your priorities)? ___________________________ _______________________________________________________________ What are your pebbles (things you enjoy doing)? ______________________ _______________________________________________________________ What are the things you have to do (your sand)? _______________________ _______________________________________________________________ What are your time wasters (your water)? _____________________________ _______________________________________________________________

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