This life-changing principle was brought to my attention twice yesterday. First, through a book that I am reading right now called “High Impact Church Boards“. The chapter I was reading was called “Big rocks, pebbles and sand”. The second way was through Michael Hyatt’s blog post “Put the big rocks in first.”
This principle states that we must do the most important things first or they will never get our attention. This is how Michael Hyatt describes this principle:
The big idea is that you must schedule time for your most important priorities first. If you don’t, you will never get to them.
A corollary to this principle is this: what gets scheduled gets done. The opposite is also true: what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done.
Put the big rocks in first
Here is a video by Stephen Covey that demonstrates how this principle is put into action:
Here are my four “big rocks”:
1. My relationship with God.
This has to be my number one priority. This is where my strength comes from.
I must take care of myself before I can take care of anyone or anything else. This includes my physical health, emotional health, spiritual health and mental health.
3. My relationship with my wife.
After God, this is my most important relationship. I must nurture this relationship.
4. My relationship with my children.
My relationship with my children is extremely important to me. I must prioritize spending time with them.
Everything else I do comes after these priorities. If I don’t prioritize my life around these four “big rocks” something else will take their place and/or I may never get to them.
What are your big rocks? How are you are prioritizing them in your life?