In Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People he talks of ‘sharpening the saw’, an idea explained by the story of a man who was getting nowhere trying to cut down a tree with a blunt saw.
Struggling on ineffectively, the man explained that he was far too busy to get the tool sharpened.
Do you think that sometimes we all try too hard?
You have a million and one things to do, but you’re tired.
And this probably means you’ll (a) achieve little, and (b) end up even more tired in the process.
I was sitting at my desk the other day trying to force myself to think, but the thinks just weren’t coming.
So, with no great plan in mind, I got up and went for a walk.
And – well – you can probably guess the rest.
As soon as I stopped trying to force myself, everything slotted into place.
It’s worth remembering this when that same feeling strikes you.
Sometimes we all need to step away from the tree to sharpen that saw.