Sorting Priorities


Simple Thoughts

A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full

. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.”
“The golf balls are the important things-your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”
“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.”
“The sand is everything else–the small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.”
“The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.”
You may have heard it before and I am sure in general you would agree with the premise. What it doesn’t tell you is the most important part – how can you identify the golf balls from pebbles and sand.
When you are growing up, for example, a little blemish on your skin or your dress may appear more important than anything else in the world. With age and maturity your priority changes and so does the definition of golf balls and pebbles. Here is a oft quoted little trick. Imagine that today is your last day in this world. How would you spend the day, what would you do? These are your golf balls or the most important priorities. Imagine you have 6 months left, what would you do now? Now you are looking at pebbles. Rest are all sand. Good luck with sorting your priorities.
The same goes to the company as well…

Advertisements

ޚިޔާލު ފާޅުކުރައްވާ

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: