I love this quote from Abraham Lincoln:
“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first hour sharpening the ax.”
Great quote, isn’t it? Unfortunately, many of us don’t get what Lincoln said. We spend way too much time mowing lawns with dull blades, working with people who would be far more effective with some training, and doing business with clients we should not be doing business with, because we never take the time to slow down and plan.
Preparation is one of the greatest assets you have that you might not be using as well as you could or should. Preparation improves efficiency. Planning gives you a better shot at success. My best days, weeks, months, and years are the ones where I have taken time to plan out what I want to do. For example, last night before I went to bed, I went over my to-do list for today. I wrote down all the things I wanted to try and accomplish today, writing this Great Idea being one of them. I’m having a great day so far, because I planned out what I wanted to do and I’m trying to do it.
An ax can do a lot better job when it’s sharp and so can your mind. Take some time this week to slow down and think; I bet you’ll be more effective because of it. Working hard is great; working smart is even better.