What are Your Big Rocks?
by Dr. Ronald Hersh Jr.
Five years ago when I finished my prosthodontic residency at the Medical College of Georgia, I loaded a U-haul trailer with all my worldly possessions and towed it back to Pennsylvania. I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation. I even thought to myself, real life and practice could never possibly be as hectic as the last two years were.
I was wrong.
As a new dentist, the biggest problem for me is time management. I definitely have a lot of things on my plate. That being said, I would like to share the following story.
At a time management seminar, the speaker stood in front of the audience with a very large five-gallon glass jar. The speaker took out a bag of rocks, each about the size of a tennis ball, and filled the jar. The speaker asked the audience if the jar was full. The audience responded, “Yes.”
The speaker then took out a bag of pebbles and poured them into the jar. The pebbles filled all the dead spaces between the rocks. The speaker asked the audience again if the jar was full. Once again, they responded, “Yes.”
The speaker then took out a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled all the dead spaces between the pebbles. The speaker asked the audience if the jar was full. The audience, once again, responded, “Yes.” The jar was now filled with all the rocks, pebbles and sand.
The speaker then took out a gallon jug of water and poured it into the jar. Amazingly, the jar held all the water. The jar was now filled to the very top.
The speaker then asked the audience what they had learned from this demonstration. An individual in the back row raised his hand and said, “No matter how full you think your schedule is, there is always time for more.” The speaker informed the audience that what they should learn is that if you don’t put the big rocks in the jar first, they will never fit in.
Metaphorically speaking, we all have our own big rocks. As a new dentist, you need to sit down and identify the things that are most important and make time for those things first.