Time management is the biggest challenge next to mindset most entrepreneurs goes through. Rocks Pebbles Sand is a method you can use to help you manage your time. I know you want to do it all, want to see instant results, and beat yourself up when it doesn’t go smooth. Girl… slow down. First of all, time management can be hard. It also doesn’t need to be all-consuming. The balance is what we need to find.
Rocks Pebbles Sand
We will break this down but for a quick explanation check out this video my friend Hope recorded on what this is all about.
So basically you get a jar each day to represent all the time you have to get things done. The Rocks are the things that take up a bunch of your time and are typically not negotiable activities. Next are pebbles that fit in around the rocks. Still important but less than Rocks. Last we fill our jar the rest of the way with sand. These are small bite sized things you can get done around everything else life throws at you.
What are your Rocks?
So the first step to using this method is to figure out what are your rocks. Those super important things you prioritize over everything else and always get done. This may be time with your significant other, your day job, a child’s activities. Whatever these are write them down.
These are the activities that probably take up the majority of your time when you put them all together. They should be part of your value system and an integral part of any goal you set for yourself. Your rocks are your very core time management items because they are the core of you.
Pebbles are slightly smaller things you need to do each day. These are still important activities, but take up less of your time. Pebbles tend to fit in around your rocks. They aren’t necessarily less important, but take up less time. Make a list of all the things in your day you need to get done that are pebbles.
Do you spend enough time on your daily pebbles? What are some of the challenges you face getting these things done? Really think about those questions to ensure you haven’t over allocated your jar. The jar can only hold so much and if you have 1,000 pebbles that never make it into the jar, you are only hurting yourself.
At this point, your jar is looking pretty full. All that is left is a little space in between all the rocks and pebbles. Those spaces get filled in with sand. The daily tasks that take us just a few moments, but need to get done. Make a list of all your daily activities that are represented by sand.
Are you constantly running from Rock to Pebble to Rock that you don’t have time for your sand activities? These aren’t any less important than the Pebbles or Rocks. They are just smaller in scope. They might be the night time kiss to your kids, or making sandwiches before a car ride, or any number of other things.
Make time for those small moments. They become the most important. Below is one of my favorite quotes, because we often forget to bask in the moment and just enjoy life. Take a step back and soak in the sand.
Don’t get so busy making a living, you forget to make a lifeDolly Parton
Other Time Management Systems
There are other systems out there, such as time blocking. This is another way to phrase what we just talked about. Only you schedule it out based on blocks of time. Using planners and project management tracking software are other ways to help you manage your time. What strategies are you using to manage your time?
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