I saw this demonstration when at a training many, many years ago. It is still very vivid in my memory. A great visual reminder. A concept that should be obvious and ingrained, but doesn’t seem to be.
[More on my thoughts about analogies in some later post…]
First things first. If they’re the most important, prioritize them. Schedule them. Make sure they happen. Do not let them be at the mercy of the small, the urgent but unimportant, and certainly not the trivial.
“What if you were to shift to a paradigm of deciding, first of all, what your whole life is about so that you have a philosophical basis on which to make all of the big decisions about what are the big rocks, the middle-sized, the small rocks, and so forth. Put the big rocks in very first, the most important things, then the other ones, accordingly.”
Resources and Links
- Link to video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CzQ6gZ4FoY
- Stephen Covey on Wikipedia
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on Amazon