[BYWG BLOG] BYWG Time Management Challenge

In times when it feels like there’s simply too much to do and not enough time to do it, you have a choice. This is an opportunity to shift your priorities and say yes to the big things that matter – and no to the things that don’t.


Have you heard of Stephen Covey’s infamous “Big Rocks” metaphor for time management?


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Basically, here is how the story goes:                                                                              Photo by Oliver Paaske on Unsplash

A philosophy professor filled an empty jar to the top with large rocks and asked his students if the jar was full.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The students said “yes.”

Then he filled the gaps between the big rocks with small pebbles and asked again, “Is the jar full now?”

The students said “yes.”

The professor then poured sand into the jar to fill up any remaining empty space. 

The students then agreed that the jar was completely full.

Then the professor added water to the jar.

NOW the jar is completely full, right?

The professor explained that the jar represents everything that is in one’s life. 

The rocks are equivalent to the big, important things in life…such as spending time with your family, your health, faith, education, etc.

This means that if the pebbles and the sand were lost, the jar would still be full and your life would still have meaning.

The pebbles represent the things in your life that matter, but that you could live without. 

The pebbles are certainly things that give your life meaning (such as your job, house, hobbies, and friendships), but they are not critical for you to have a meaningful life. These things often come and go, and are not permanent or essential to your overall well-being.

The sand and water represent the remaining filler things in your life like material possessions, watching TV, or running errands. 

These things don’t mean much to your life as a whole, and are likely only done to waste time or get small tasks accomplished.

Now, imagine if you filled that jar with sand and water first – all those little insignificant things that have no importance to any of your values, your vision, or your aspirations – you would not have room for the rocks and pebbles.

In order to have a more effective and efficient life, pay attention to the “rocks,” because they are critical to your long-term well-being.


We challenge you to reflect on how you are currently spending your time. 


Is your time aligned with your goals and values?