Stephen Covey called this “Sharpening the Saw” drawing the metaphor that if we keep sawing away at the trees without stopping every so often to sharpen it, then the saw will get blunt and no longer be sharp enough to do its job. He made the distinction between production and productive capacity. For yourself, and for your team, you must, must, must, make time to build productive capacity or your capacity to produce will diminish.
- Set aside time in your diaries to stop and reflect on what you have achieved and what else needs to be done. An hour at the end of each week to reflect – go over your week’s plan, and think about how you lived your life this week. Review all of your lists, ticking off those things that were achieved.
- What needs to be done next week to get closer to your vision and to tick off the important things.
- What did you do well and what did you learn this week?
- What could you do better?