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I’ve not been in the office this week.

But I’m not on holiday. Far from it.

On Monday and Tuesday I attended a business growth event in Bedfordshire with a couple of hundred business owners from all over the UK, and for the rest of the week I hotfooted it up to Liverpool for three days at an Action Coach event.

Of course, I am keeping up with work as and when I get the chance, but the focus of this week is very much on me, and on learning new things that’ll help my business grow.

It’s what Stephen Covey calls ‘sharpening the saw’ in his fantastic book ‘The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People’.

Covey illustrates his point by using the analogy of a woodcutter.

If a woodcutter just keeps on cutting wood, then the cutting process will get less and less effective, as the saw gets blunter and blunter.

His point is that if the woodcutter stops cutting wood, and focuses some time on getting his saw sharp again, the sawing process will be much more effective – cutting the wood will be easier.

And so it is in business.

So often we can get bogged down in the day-to-day, and as a result we end up becoming less productive and effective than we want to be.

But by taking time out, to ‘sharpen our saws’ and learn new things that help us to perform the tasks we need to more effectively, we can achieve a better end result. 

When was the last time you put down your saw, and reached for the sharpener?

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