Life Management


Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

dieter dietrich fischer epuA professor was giving a lecture on time management.  He filled a mason jar with a dozen fist-sized rocks, until no more would fit.  He asked his students,

“Is this jar full?” All shouted “Yes!”

Then he took some gravel from under the desk to fill the empty spaces and asked again, “Is it full now?”

Some said, “Probably not.”

He filled the space between the gravel with sand, and finally poured water into the jar to the brim.

“What is the lesson of this?” he asked.

A student answered, “No matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit one more thing into it.”

The professor replied, “The main lesson is that unless you put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the “big rocks” in your life?


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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One Response to “Life Management”

  1. rosemerry says:

    Excellent! I’ll make use of that!!