Sharpening the saw

I first saw the phrase “Sharpen the Saw” in Stephen Covey’s book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” more years ago than I care to mention.  As we get ready to wind down for the holidays it reminds me to remind you that sometimes it is just important to put the saw away for a while as well.  Too often we spend all of our time engaged in work through the numerous gadgets we use in our everyday lives; the smart phones, the smart pads, the laptops and just about any other “convenience” you can think of that keeps us tethered to our work on a 24/7/365 basis.

Covey was speaking about how we need to continue our own personal development throughout our lives, but I maintain that we also need to take adequate time to recharge and refresh.  “The Power of Full Engagement” covers this to some degree when it discusses working in an interval fashion.  That useful book talks about how the hare might have had it right when compared with the tortoise.  While is is good to maintain a steady pace in our work, it is also good to work and train in interval segments to get the maximum amount of productivity based on their research.

The bottom line for today is this-take some time away from work during the holidays.  Clear your mind and take time for reflection.

We never really know where we are until we step away from the immediate place we are standing.  it is hard to see what is ahead until you get to the higher ground.  This may mean you need to get off your daily path for a moment.  Take a detour, do something you would not normally do,  and get out of that daily rut.

Most of all, spend time with those you love and remember the reason for the season.

Celebrate the birth of the King!