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Advice on Saving Time

How can you save some time, especially this week, as many of you are preparing to travel and/or cook enormous holiday meals? It’s all about planning ahead and being strategic.

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook uses prioritizing to save time. Each day, week, and month, she identifies the most important tasks and does them first.

Annise Parker has a similar strategy. She lays out her clothes the night before, reads the paper at the end of the day instead of the beginning, and keeps her breakfast and makeup routine simple.

Here’s a story many of you may know. A professor brought a mason jar to class one day. He proceeded to fill it with large rocks, right to the brim. Then he asked the students if it was full. They said yes, it was. The professor smiled, and then took a bag of pebbles and poured them into the jar. They settled into the gaps. The professor asked the students again if the jar was full. This time a few of them said no, but most said yes. With a wider smile, the professor pulled out a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The students laughed. Then one of them raised her hand.

“You’re saying that there’s always time to fit more things in, right? You just have to try harder.”

“No,” said the professor. “I’m saying that if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never be able to fit them in.”

And here’s a little video to illustrate this. No words, and totally safe for work.

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