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Stephen Covey – Big Rocks, Managing Priorities

Posted on the 10 February 2012 by Combi31 @combi31

Here is an analogy that we can all relate to regarding time management – Do the big rocks first!Stephen Covey demonstrates how we often get things wrong when planning and prioritising.This is a great activity that we at Active Consultants use in our “Priority for Priorities” training – it is surprising how often, like nearly always, people go about priorities in a backwards fashion.The big rocks represent jobs and tasks that are the most important or ones that bring the most value, but they can also be important facets of life such as family or personal time.Small stones or gravel are those little jobs that we spend time doing but bring little value, we can also use sand and water, representing interruptions – telephone calls, time-wasting, email and drop-ins that waste time unnecessarily.Think of the Pareto principle and the Big Rocks when prioritising and planning your time – see this post for 20 Time management tips.

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