SANDS OF TIME
Try this idea of making room in your day for all the important elements of life, so you can fit in the fun bits too.
Imagine you have piles of rocks, pebbles and sand in front of you, as well as a large container of water.
Next, picture a large empty jar, and place as many virtual rocks as you can fit into the space. Rocks are the most important activities that you need to do. Rocks are the work, family, health, meals, sleep and physical activity parts of your day.
Now take your imaginary pebbles, and fit those into the spaces left by the rocks. Pebbles are the helpful actions that support your rocks, such as tracking, doing washing and food shopping.
Is the jar full now, or could you fit in some of the sand you have between the pebbles and your rocks? Fill
these spaces with sand, which represents the life enhancers or those valuable activities that can slip into your day, such as calling a loved one or reading a book.
Finally, fill the jar as much as you can with water, until the container is completely full. Water represents those pursuits which are least important, but that you still enjoy, like watching TV or online shopping.
So you’ve filled your jar – but if you’d started with water, you wouldn’t have fit much else in, which is a bit like your day. You’ll achieve more if you fit in the most important things before filling up the spaces with the other parts of your life.