Every late Summer or early Fall I enjoy getting out and cutting some firewood. In order to make that time enjoyable I must have a sharpened chainsaw! A sharp chain will actually pull itself through a log, therefore, making preparations before by sharpening the chain is a must. I really must say that using a saw that pulls itself through a log makes cutting firewood a joy and not a chore!
Habits of Highly Successful People
Just as it’s so important to sharpen a saw you are using to cut firewood, it is much more important to sharpen (renew) yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally daily or weekly. This idea comes from Stephen Covey’s book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. He explains the seven habits a person must practice in order to be effective in life. Sharpening your saw is habit seven.
Sharpening your saw is habit seven because, if you are practicing the first six habits then you should constantly renew yourself in the four areas of your life through certain processes. This can happen daily, weekly, or even monthly. The important aspect is that you make time to sharpen yourself!
Making time to sharpen your saw
Time blocking is the process of one blocking an amount of time during the day to complete an important task. I have found this to be very beneficial. I have set aside 30 minutes per day to read a book. If I read a book for just 30 minutes per day I can read over 12 books per year (Depends on how large they are, of course). I select the books at the beginning of the year based on the four different areas of life, i.e. physical, mental, social, and spiritual. This task has become one of my important tasks of the day in sharpening my saw!
Throughout my life I have struggled to finish projects (reading a book) I started! This reading discipline has been a big positive boost to my attitude in how to make my life more effective in the four areas of life.
Sharpen your saw today…and everyday!