Big Rocks vs Little Rocks. Prioritising in Business : An Outside idea

Big Rocks vs Little Rocks : An Outside idea

A story about prioritising in business.

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells the story of a professor who takes a jar and fills it up with big rocks. He holds the jar up for his students to see and asks them if it’s full.

The students say yes, but then the professor adds smaller rocks and then sand to fill in the little spaces to show them that it is in fact, not full.

The big rocks in this story represent our biggest priorities and the smaller rocks represent less important tasks.

The big rocks should always go in first, that way the sand and pebbles fight their way to fit into the spaces left by the big rocks. See the video below for this classic story. 

Now, what would you say are your big rocks in life or work? Can you think of three rocks (tasks) that should go into your jar (calendar) first?

If you would like help prioritising in business, and sorting out your big rocks vs little rocks, get in touch. Outside ideas are on a mission to help people and businesses grow, we have a range of support that can help you. 

Onwards and upwards my friend.



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