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Time Management in Life

By: Samson.H *



Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with Rs. 86,400. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day . It carries over no balance from day to day .

What would you do ???

Draw out every cent ,of course !!!

Similiarly each of us has a Bank . It;s name is "TIME" .

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds . Every night it writes off, as lost ,whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose .

It allows no overdraft .Each day it opens a new account for you .If you fail to use the day's deposit ,the loss is yours .

There is no going back . You must live in the present on Today's deposit . Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health ,happiness and success .

Clock is running ,make most of the day .

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, just remember the following story ................................

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar slightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "YES".

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now" said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things.

Your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions...things that if everything else is lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first, "he continued, "There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get a medical checkup. Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the screen door. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and asked what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked, " he said. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.


Samson.H, a software Engineer by profession, contributes regularly to e-pao.net
He can be contacted at samson.singh@lntinfotech.com
This article was webcasted on June 14th, 2005.


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