A man was furiously cutting wood from a huge pile. He was getting exhausted and slowing down as the saw blade got duller and duller. The more he cut, the duller the blade got, and the more exhausted and slower the man became - a classic vicious circle. Passersby would suggest to the man that he stop and sharpen the saw. He would reply, “I don’t have time to stop sawing. I have so much wood to cut!”
Think of your life and work as the saw. We all have plenty to do…and do…and do.
Take time to relax, meditate, renew your faith, review your life mission statements, connect with family and people you care about, read a book to stimulate your imagination and thinking, exercise, do charity, laugh, etc. You will actually be more productive and creative. Allow and encourage others to do the same if you are a manager.
You must make time to “sharpen your saw”.
(This is the final habit from "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey and the premise of "The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time" by Tony Schwartz. )
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