Were All Busy But Heres How To Get More Done
When is the last time you met an adult who didn’t describe themselves as “busy?” Unicorns are more common than adults with an abundance of free time.
We’re ALL busy, but some people seem to get more accomplished. Chances are you’ve heard this story that I learned from a group of high achievers. If it helps my ADHD brain, it can work for you, too.
Rocks, Pebbles, & Sand
A high school teacher stood before his class with some items. He picked up a large empty jar and filled it with rocks about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar and watched as the pebbles rolled into the spaces between the rocks.
The professor then asked the students again if the jar was full. They chuckled and agreed that it was indeed full this time.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the remaining open areas of the jar.
The rocks are the truly important things. The pebbles are the other things that matter. The sand signifies the remaining “small stuff.” If you put sand into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks or the pebbles.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you’ll never have room for the things that are truly important.
Now apply this concept to your life and define “rocks” as projects that would require effort but could be accomplished within three to four months.
Take 15 minutes to perform a brain dump of all the things you want to accomplish. Then, go through the process of “kill, keep or combine” to reduce priorities to three to five rocks that, if completed, would leave you happy with your progress if all other projects weren’t completed.
From there, you’ll reverse engineer the process into your monthly and weekly calendar. You can’t lose 30 pounds in a single day. But, what can you do this month, this week and TODAY to make it happen?
Decide in advance which project you’ll focus on for the month. At the beginning of each week, you’ll select your top 3 tasks. Each one of these tasks gets an uninterrupted 60- to 90-minute time block on its own day of the week (meaning you can’t work on two of your top three weekly tasks on the same day).
At the end of your week, assess how you did and adjust as necessary. What time of the day are you most productive with the least distractions?
Optimize your schedule so the process works best for you. You’ll always be busy. You might as well get more done along the way.
No Limits Fitness