How to find time for everything?

--Mahesh Patil


I thought of putting this article mainly for people, who most of the time says that they don't get time (or find time). Is it really that hard to find time? But then how come some people always have time for all of their work and the additional work that just turns up and needs to be addressed? If we think for a while then everybody gets equal amount of time, yes 24 hours in a day or 86,400 seconds. Time management is not about completing number of task but about completing important task.

If we talk about just a day's work then when we wake up we usually have few things on our mind which needs to be done by end of the day. But how many times we manage to finish all the important work identified in the morning or during the day? How many times we get frustrated because of missing out the important work in spite of being busy the whole day doing some work?

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. - Charles Buxton

If everything is important then nothing is important: If everything is important then everything is at the same level. If everything is at same level then nothing is different or important. There is an old story that's been told in many different ways.

A professor brings a large glass jar and puts it in front of him on table. He fills the jar all the way to the top with big rocks, and asks class, "Is the Jar full?" The class says "Yes, it looks full to us". Then professor pours small pebbles into the Jar. The small pebbles fill in between the beg rocks all around in the jar, and the professor fills the small pebbles all the way to the top of the jar. Again he asks, "Is the jar full?" This time the class doesn't answer as they are not sure.

Next, the professor fills the jar with sand. The sand fills in all around the rocks and pebbles, and the professor fills the jar with sand all the way to the top. The professor asks, "Is the jar now full?" The class is silent. Finally, the professor begins to pour water into the jar. The water soaks the sand and he continues to pour water into the jar until the jar is full.

This shows how much you can fit into a jar, but most importantly it shows what you can fit in your life, when you get the rocks in first. Would it have been possible for all the rocks to fit into the jar if they were put in last, not first? The rocks represent most important things and that they need to be done first. If you finish most important tasks (Rocks) first, you'll always be able to fit in less important (Pebbles) and ones which turn up without notice (sand).