“I can’t find time to sharpen my saw,” the man said emphatically. “Sawing keeps me too busy.” (Covey)
Sometimes we are so busy achieving a goal we forget to look for easier ways to achieve it.
According to Covey, there are four areas you need to focus on to ‘sharpen your saw’ or improve your character.
Why is it so hard to focus on improving your method or technique? Because you will often feel rushed to arrive at your destination and therefore forget to even look at the road you are traveling. Living with a constant sense of urgency creates the feeling that you have no time to improve your method of getting there.
Four dimensions to sharpen
Covey distinguishes four areas where you can develop your character and wellbeing to renew your character.