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Tim Kolodziej

December 13, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Five strategies for making the most of your time



•“It’s not about managing your time. It’s about managing your priorities and energy.” — Stephen Covey

•“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” — Henry David Thoreau

•“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford

•“Today, you are the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again. You are perfectly positioned between experience and opportunity.” — Author Unknown

I couldn’t have said it better myself. So I won’t even try.


You may have heard the parable about filling a jar with rocks and sand. If you fill the jar with sand first — a methaphor for the little distractions in life — then your big rocks (priorities) won’t have much room inside the glass container. But if you drop the big rocks into the jar first, the sand will have plenty of room to fit as well.

So, that begs the question: What are your “big rocks?” What are the non-negotiable priorities of your life?

Mine are my relationship with God, my wife, and my children — in that order.

Then comes work, valued friendships, physical fitness, coaching and reading — in that order.

My greatest stress occurs when these priorities get out of whack.

If I remain true to what I believe is important in my life, then my demeanor is usually relaxed and filled with joy, despite my circumstances. And I’m better able to handle the “emergencies” if I know they are connected to my priority areas.

As an exercise, take a few moments to get quiet and jot down your “big rocks.”

Decide what or who is truly valuable in your life.

Then live like it.

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