A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.
He held up a glass filled with rocks and then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed.
He asked his students again… Is the jar full? They agreed that yes, it was.
The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life.
The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, and your children -anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.
The pebbles are the other things in life that matter but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, house, or car. The sand is everything else, the “small stuff.”
“If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks.
The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.
Pay attention to the things that are Important in your life and spend time on the Important.
Author – Unknown
Here are 5 powerful tips I use to keep me focused on the important things in my life:
1. I schedule my “bedtime”.
I use the bedtime feature on my phone and that automatically puts it in do-not-disturb mode from 10:30 pm to 9:00 am each day. This simple step allows me to spend the first and last few hours of the day with the people who matter most in my life.
2. I sleep 6-8 hours each day.
One of the biggest distractors in life is fatigue. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can impair the parts of your brain that are responsible for cognitive abilities. Getting the recommended amount of sleep will reduce distractions and help you stay on track.
3. I don’t bring my phone to the exam room.
I leave my phone on my desk when I’m seeing patients. I do not bring it into the exam room. That way I can keep my brand promise and give my undivided attention to each patients.
4. I avoid multitasking when doing important tasks.
I once read that people who think they can split their attention between multiple tasks at once aren’t actually getting more done. In fact, they’re doing less, getting more stressed out, and performing worse than those who single-task. Off course, this doesn’t apply to washing dishes, doing the laundry, cooking dinner and doing homework with my kids all at the same time. 😊 LOL! What can I say; I’m still working on that one…
5. I avoid experiencing life through the screen of my phone.
For example, when I go to a concert and the singer starts singing my favorite song; that is when I put my phone down, stand, sing and dance to my heart’s content. I want to live the moment not just record it.
Now, it’s your turn! I’d really like to hear from you. What are some of things you do to better manage your attention and stay focused on the important things in your life? Please share in the comment section below.