Today, my life is very full.
Full of long-term commitments, short-term commitments and projects, all of which have a place in my schedule. They all command a certain amount of time from me and I must be careful to regulate each one to keep balance.
My long-term commitments consistent of my family, my church/faith, the keeping of our home and our public school community and home education.
My primary long-term priorities is what will take up most of my time, bring me the most benefit and give the most back.
My short-term commitments consist of things that will end in the next 9-12 months, for example, my MOPS position.
Short-term commitments are things I want to be a part of but perhaps not lead. At this stage of life, I prefer to ‘serve’ rather than ‘lead’ even though my DNA wants to be in charge of everything.
Projects are usually very short-term and have a well-defined beginning and end, i.e. my garden and feeding the football team on Thursdays.
I’ve heard the analogy of a large mouth jar that presents all the time you have in your life. Then you are given a few big rocks, several smaller rocks and a couple handsful of gravel.
The big rocks are the things that mean the most to you and take up most of your time (long term commitments). Notice that your jar will only hold a few.
Medium-sized rocks will fit here and there in the jar (short-term goals), you may have to wiggle the big rocks around to make them fit, yet not break the jar.
The gravel are the little things (projects) that you can sprinkle in all around, however, there is still a finite area to fill.
You can’t fill the jar to the point of breaking and you can’t allow rocks to spill out.
Now, you are permitted to introduce new rocks during your life, but remember, only a certain amount will fit. Some rocks may need to be removed before others can be put in.
What are YOUR big rocks?
What are YOUR little rocks?
What is YOUR gravel?
Do you have too many rocks?