Manufacture Your Day by BECOMING A BETTER PLANNER
Planning is important in every aspect of life, yet time management is one of the most difficult things to master.
Just recently I listened to a speaker in my Toastmasters Club and he said, “What do Bill Gates and you have in common?” The answer was that we all have the same amount of time but we make different use of it.
Even though I am a very spontaneous person, I am definitely a planner when it comes to the most important things in my life, such as my
- family and friends
- relaxation and well-being
- relationships to others and
- overall life experiences.
Honestly, I think most people get it wrong. They are consumed by their work and one day they will realize how much they have missed out on in their lives.
Even though I am a business owner, I make room for myself and my loved ones as much as I can. I don’t want to do things when I am retired. Besides that, I don’t plan on retiring because I love what I do and I want to add value to other people’s lives for as long as I can.
Just recently I had a conversation with one of my coachees. He said that he hasn’t taken a vacation in years. My response, “That’s a shame and if you don’t plan for it, it is not going to happen.”
I always say that whatever I put in my calendar becomes real. This is true for:
- phone calls with people I haven’t spoken to in a long time
- weekend getaways
- spa days
- date nights
Yes, I set goals for my business at the beginning of the year but keeping my personal goals aligned is even more important to me.
If you don’t lay the foundation that provides the energy for everything you do, everything else is a lost cause.
Years ago I attended a Stephen Covey workshop and I listened to a well known story that impacted me to this day. As always, I would like to share it with you. If you know it already, it will be a great reminder.
Get Your Big Rocks in First
“One day a teacher was speaking to a group of students. He pulled out an extremely large jar and set it on a table. Then he produced about a dozen big rocks and 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 said, “Yes.”
“Really?” he asked. “Let’s see.” He took out some gravel and dumped them in. He shook the jar, causing the pieces to fall into the spaces between the big rocks. He asked the students again, “Is the jar full?”
His class was catching on. “Probably not,” one of them answered.
“Very good!” he replied. He brought out a bucket of sand, dumped the sand in and it went into all the spaces between the rocks and the gravel. Then he asked, “Is this jar full?”
“No!” the class shouted.
“Excellent!” he replied. Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and poured it in until the jar was filled to the brim.
The teacher looked intently back at the students and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
One student said, “You can always fit more things into your life if you really work at it.”
The teacher said, “This is not the point of this illustration.”
He said, “The point is, if you don’t put the big rocks in first…… would you have gotten any of them in?“
Food for Thought:
What are the big rocks in your life?