Monday, August 11, 2008
Sharpening the Saw
The 7th habit Stephen Covey writes of in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is sharpening the saw.
In the book, he talks of walking through the forest and coming upon a guy who is cutting down a tree. The guy is sweating profusely and is really struggling. You ask, "How long have you been doing this?"
The man says, "Oh, I've been doing this for hours!"
"Why don't you sharpen your saw? It will go a lot faster."
He replies, "I don't have time to do that! I need to cut this tree down right away!"
I don't know about you, but I can relate to the guy cutting down the tree. I don't relax very well sometimes--as a result, I don't sharpen my saw.
However, when I'm on vacation, relaxation comes easy for me. No lawn to mow, no bills to pay, no mail to open. Only laying around, playing with my kids, reading and maybe even taking a nap. Sharpening the saw.
Well, that's what I'm doing this week. Vacation with the family. Great stuff. As a result, I probably won't be posting much this week.
Make it a great week!