So I have this theory. It applies specifically to my life, but could probably be manipulated to apply to others. Basically, I divide my life into three categories: School, Crew, and Social. School is essentially grades, projects, stress levels, etc. Crew involves everything: how practices go, if I get time in the launch, what boats I’m in, who is in my lineup, etc. Social is everything else. Mainly, how much free time I have, boys, friends, etc.
In my head, I have this picture of three equally large jars all lined up. I have a bag of sand that contains enough sand to fill up all three jars half way. The sand represents how much time I can devote to a particular category.
How much the jar is filled up represents my performance, I guess the outcome (?) of the category. It’s kind of confusing I guess, but anyways… If I divide my time equally, then the jars are all halfway filled. This means that each category is functioning, but only at a mediocre caliber.
I need school to go really well and crew to go well too, so mostly, I’ll allocate the sand from Social and stick 75% of it in School and 25% in Crew. I have to give up Social to get more School and Crew.
It’s really weird, but I’ll start to panic if I think Social is going really well because I know that means Crew and School’s sand amounts are cut back.
Since it’s summer, School is drained to zero. And I can put more sand into Crew and Social. Social is an absolute bust right now (=NO SAND). So, Crew is literally overflowing. I have more sand than I have room! I can’t wait to fill you guys in later!!!
Oh, and along with that extra Crew sand came a super sweet sunburn. Epic.
UPDATE: After receiving several comments, I realized that I didn’t completely explain myself perfectly. (My English professor this semester- LITTLE V & CALIFORNIA FUNK- would always get on me about assuming the reader understood my stream of thoughts… Apparently, I’m difficult to understand.) Anyways, I thought I should clarify.
The sand in the jars is good! Crew is going SO GREAT right now!!! It’s overflowing with fantasticness- yes, I made that work up. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining…. I feel so lucky and blessed that I can spend half of my summer vacation doing something I love.
Also, I’m not trying to sound like I’m the busiest person on the planet. I’m a pretty good time manager, multi-tasker, etc. But, there is a limit on how much someone can do something in a day. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the president or a homeless person: YOU ONLY HAVE 24 HOURS IN A DAY. Putting sand in the jars is simply my visual representation of how I choose to spend the 24 hours.
Hope this clears it up!