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Big Things First – Great Time Management Video

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Big things first – time management

Time Management Video – Big Things First

I have written about this before in a post titled Impactful Time Management Story – What is important? However, I just came across this time management video by Stephen Covey. Perhaps you have read his book First Things First where he describes this activity. Or maybe you have been lucky enough to see him demonstrate it.

He talks about the need of putting big things first in our life. I have never seen it demonstrated quite the way he does it in this video.

We all have so many things that fill our day. Are we filling it with the most important things such as relationships, service and development? Or are we filling it with lots of little unimportant things that take a lot of time, but bring little value?

I hope you enjoy the video. Let me know your thoughts.

PS. If you are looking for a great time management book I would highly recommend my favorite of all time “Eat the Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.” I have ordered copies of this for my team in the past and honestly feel it is the best time management book ever!

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  • Mike Rogers July 8, 2012, 9:14 am

    I like it Per and may use it ; )

  • Per Rosenbaum July 8, 2012, 8:53 am

    Enjoyed it, thanks. I always like the tactile and visual. Reminds me of a similar exercise where you challenge audience to say when the bucket is filled. First put in only big rocks, and thus the bucket is filled. From underneath take out pebbles, again, bucket is filled. Then sand. Finally bring out water and bucket is filled again. Moral: Why do we stop or say things are filled to capacity when there is potentially more?

  • JasonRGoldberg July 30, 2012, 8:44 am

    Great video! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike Rogers July 30, 2012, 11:14 am

    Your welcome Jason! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Adrian Woodstock March 18, 2013, 11:29 am

    This is a great video which although dated I use all the time around managing self – time management. It is a great prompt for discussions around the importance of focusing on the “Big Rocks” before leading into Covey’s time management 4 box model. I normally ask one delegate top put theirs up on a flipchart for me to coach that person in front of the group and/or get the group to help in this process. Once this is done I then pair them up to help each other.

    • Michael Rogers March 18, 2013, 11:54 am

      Hi Adrian,

      Yes, while a little dated, still very effective : ) I have used it myself on several occasions depending on the situation. Thanks for commenting and sharing with us what you do.


  • Srujan March 19, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Enjoyed it . Once again great video. Shared to all my colleagues. Thanks Mike

    • Michael Rogers March 21, 2013, 9:30 pm

      Excellent. I am glad you could share it Srujan : )


  • Terry March 20, 2013, 9:06 am

    This was excellent. I try to make sure that i put the big things first, however, there are so many disruptions in my day. It seems like at the end of the day I have not checked off too many things on my to do list. I need to know how to not let all these disruptions affect my productivity.

    You incites and videos are extremely helpful. Thanks so much for sharing your gifts with me and others.

    • Michael Rogers March 21, 2013, 9:32 pm

      Thanks Terry, you comments are kind.

      It is difficult to put big things first – it requires discipline. Because those big things often time don’t have deadlines we put them off, and that is unfortunate.



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