Sharpen the Saw
Stephen Covey uses the following analogy to describe someone who needs to Sharpen their Saw.
|Suppose you come across someone in the woods trying to feverishly saw down a tree:
“Can’t you see?” the woodsmen replies impatiently. “I’m sawing down a tree.”
“You look exhausted!” you say. “How long have you been at it?”
"Over five hours," he says, "and I'm beat!" This is hard work."
Well why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen the saw? You ask. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”
“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”