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Make your schedule work. Leave time for fun!
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“Pickle Jar Theory” uses the analogy of an empty pickle jar to        for Success from
think about how we use the fixed amount of time available to us       MindTools.com...
each day. If we think of it as we plan our schedule, we can get
important work done while still leaving time for the small things
that make life fun.

Imagine         a      huge      empty          pickle        jar…
Firstly, forget about time management altogether, and just
imagine that you have a huge empty pickle jar (think of the
largest pickles you have ever seen). Now, imagine filling the jar
with golf balls. And, when you get it to the point you think it can
hold no more, try adding another golf ball or two.
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Even though it seems full, you're not done yet. You’re going to now squeeze in a handful of
marbles. Give your pickle jar a shake and as the golf balls and marbles start to settle and
create more room, add in a bit of sand. Now, fill your pickle jar to the tip-top by adding back in
some of the pickle juice.

What                                        this                                            means…
Now, back to time management.

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           Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
           Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
           Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in
            appropriate categories, based on
            how and when you need to access them
           Keeping current and "on your game" with appropriately frequent reviews of
            the six horizons of your
            commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)




o how does GTD work?

This is a    really summarized version, but here it is, PowerPoint-style:

 1.         identify all the stuff in your life that isn’t in the right place (close all open
          loops)
 2.         get rid of the stuff that isn’t yours or you don’t need right now
 3.         create a right place that you trust and that supports your working style and
          values
 4.         put your stuff in the right place, consistently
 5.         do your stuff in a way that honors your time, your energy, and the context of
          any given moment
 6.         iterate and refactor mercilessly



According to the Pickle Jar Theory, this approach you will better manage your time and have
more of it. And, the good news is that you will have the time needed to get everything done
while still having more time for the activities you enjoy. You will complete your “golf balls” and
feel more relaxed as your schedule actually begins to flow better.

           Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
           Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
           Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in
            appropriate categories, based on
            how and when you need to access them
           Keeping current and "on your game" with appropriately frequent reviews of
            the six horizons of your
            commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)

				
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