Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw

There’s some irony coming here…  See, in quite a few of the blogs I’ve followed, I keep agreeing via comments that they do indeed need to given themselves permission to take a break and recharge their batteries.  I point out that Stephen Covey’s habit #7 of the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is to stop and sharpen the saw.  That way your woodcutting will be easier when you return to it.

Saw and woodcutting are metaphors obviously, and the message applies to any job or task.  I found out tonight (earlier this morning) that I’m NOT immune to that advice.

I’ve been stressed out, no energy or creativity…  Anybody following the blog the last few weeks knows things have been chaotic.  I spent more time trying to get things done and worrying that I wasn’t than I did doing said things.  My writing muse was dead.

Earlier though, I fired up Steam and just played Soul Calibur 6 for a little bit.  I’m amazed at what a difference letting everything go for a few hours made.  I feel completely refreshed mentally and spiritually.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  It’s the first time I’ve given myself any real leisure time and stopped worrying about things for a few months.  My productivity was crap the entire time too.

Bottom line; I’m going to allow myself to sharpen the saw a little more often.  While still keeping my eyes on my writing goals that is.  🙂

5 thoughts on “Habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw

  1. I have to do this on a regular basis – and push the hubs to do the same. We decided (aside from a quick walk of the dog, and feeding the fur kids) today was a “sleep in” day. He looks 10 years younger. I just feel like I can be me, and not someone else’s something.

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  2. That’s great. The need to take care of yourself is always the most important.
    I’ve been at my job so long I can take a week off each month. Sometimes I go to the mountains, or do some fishing. Most times I just stay around the house and get some small things accomplished. It’s all for mental health reasons, to ease off some of the stress from work, and accomplish some things that have been out on hold for a while. Small victories are still victories, and they do wonders.
    Take care of yourself 😊

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  3. It is actually really refreshing to take breaks. I think at some point, we all get into the dilemma of ‘meeting expectations’ and ‘keeping our quality work’. I think the strive should be for ‘shaping the expectations according to our quality’. But oh well, that is a bit hard to achieve for us all.

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