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Priorities. Or, why are there never enough hours in a day?

By On Jul 7 2012, 2:09 pm

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I don’t know about you, but finding the time to fit everything I want and need to do into a day is more than a little bit of a challenge. There are always a never ending number of fiddly things I have to get done, and by the time I get through them all they’ve eaten up my entire day. Which leaves me scratching my head wondering what the heck happened.

The worst part of all of this is that it often seems as if the more important things are what are left undone. It’s a problem I’ve had for a while now, and one I’m determined to lick.

Because of this I’ve been mulling over how to turn things around, and I ran across an illustration that really spoke to me. You may have heard it before, it’s to do with a large jar, golf balls, pebbles, and sand.

If you put the sand in first, you’ll never fit the rest of the items into that jar. But, if you put the golf balls in first, then add the pebbles, and finally the sand, then everything magically fits. It’s all about priorities. The golf balls represent the really important things in our lives like family, friends, and taking care of our health. The pebbles are the things that also matter like work, and our home. The sand is everything else, all the fiddly little things that are a part of everyday life.


I quickly realized that’s where I’ve been going wrong. I think I’m okay with putting the really important stuff first (at least I hope so), but somewhere along the way I’ve let the fiddly little sandy things eat up my days so that I either don’t have much time left, or worse, don’t even get to the pebbly things that matter—like my writing.

This dilemma snuck up on me because I’m not a morning person. It seems to take me a couple of hours to really wake up and so I started doing things like checking email, and Facebook, and Twitter, and so on, while waiting for my brain to actually engage. The problem with that is I quickly found those things eating up my computer time. I also found that while my brain did finally get into gear, by then it was firmly in ‘work’ mode rather than ’creative’ mode.

Not good.

So, for the last few weeks I’ve switched things around, and the first thing I do when I get on the computer is open my wip and get writing. It’s been hard going, but it’s getting easier. And it’s definitely helping. Now the trick will be to keep it up. Easier said than done. LOL

The professor who used that illustration completed it by pouring two cups of coffee into that already full jar. Amazingly, it also fit. He concluded by saying, “remember, you always have time for a cup of coffee with a friend."

Good words to live by. Smart man, that professor. =)


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2 Responses to “Priorities. Or, why are there never enough hours in a day?”

  1. Sami says:

    I understand your post completely, Anara. I do the same thing, and writing gets shoved to the end of the day when I have no mental energy left whatsoever. Have been experimenting with rising two hours earlier from bed so I can fit the words in before the day job and kids etc. But boy it’s hard!

    Good luck with shifting your priorities.

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