top of page

Order of Operations

The number one thing moms want is more time. Here is my favorite analogy around time from Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

A professor shows a class a gallon-size glass jar. He brings out a platter of large, fist-sized rocks and dumps them into the pot until they reach the top. Is the jar full? The class replies, yes.

Then he brings out pebbles and pours them into the jar. The pebbles settle in all the spaces between the big rocks. Is the jar full? The class again replies, yes.

Finally, the professor shows a bucket of sand, which he pours into the jar to fill in every nook and cranny. The jar looks full. But, then the professor pours a bottle of water into the jar. Now the pot is full.

The moral of the story: if he had started with the sand, he'd never be able to fit the big rocks.

In your life, what are your big rocks? What are your major goals? Start there. Then fill in your extra time with the less critical pebbles (minor goals) and sand (random tasks).

We all get the same jar of 24 hours. Let's make the most of it. #timemanagement #productivity


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page