Sharpening the Saw

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Many of us have read the books by Stephen Covey, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The 8th Habit." Those books first introduced to me the concept of "sharpening the saw" and why that is essential. If we don't take care of ourselves, if we don't replenish ourselves, we can't help others.

One way I "sharpen my saw" is by scheduling quarterly off-site review and planning days. This is when I take a look at my business and personal plan for the past quarter of the year, see where I'm on track, ahead or behind, and then set my course for the upcoming quarter. This time of year I take 2 days; one to assess the current year, and one to set forth my plans for the next, and the steps I need to take to make it happen.

This is what I've been doing for the past two days, and I can already feel the benefit of my alone time where I have been analyzing, planning, thinking, and reading with no interruptions. 

While doing my planning, I make sure to take time for me, too. Like: yoga in the sunshine on the deck of the quaint old B&B where I'm staying, once the morning fog has burned off;

Like: hiking in nearby Point Reyes, where the coastal air and sun have a mystical quality all their own and the forest is quiet and still.

trails diverging, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

In a moment I'll close up the computer; get some happy-hour snacks ready and wine opened, to share with my husband when he arrives by the West Marin Stagecoach (cute name, right?) He hopped on a bus 1 block from our condo in San Francisco, transfers in San Rafael, and arrives at 6:05PM, dropped off across the road from my B&B! He comes this second night, after my planning is done. We'll have dinner together in nearby Pt. Reyes Station, and then we'll hike most of tomorrow before returning to our "regular" lives in San Francisco. 

My saw is sharp; how about yours?

 

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Rainmaker
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Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
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I just love that hiking picture! I try to sharpen my saw on a regular basis, now its not too late to plan your next years goals and activities.

Dec 02, 2017 12:09 PM #28
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
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Aha! Another hiker in our midst  Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson ! Planning is done--bring on 2018!

Hi Kat Palmiotti - I know you enjoy a good hike, too. BTW--I ordered your husband's book--it arrived yesterday; looking forward to reading it.

Dec 02, 2017 04:18 PM #29
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Kat Palmiotti
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Lottie Kendall - I'm so excited! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did...

Dec 02, 2017 04:19 PM #30
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Dorte Engel and Kathy Streib - I love being able to combine my business planning with some hiking/yoga time -- Busines planning is really life planning for me.

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - what you said makes perfect sense, and is what I do, too. My "business planning" is really "life planning' - all aspects of life have to fit together for any of it to work for me. Having time to think and just be is the start of it.

Dec 02, 2017 04:25 PM #31
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Hi Paul McFadden - Pt. Reyes and Mill Valley/Mt. Tam are beautiful areas, indeed, and very conducive to thinking, planning, and refreshing, all part of "sharpening the saw."

Myrl Jeffcoat - I'm honored to be featured in the Old Fart's Club!

Hello Laura Cerrano - keeping ourselves sharp and functioning the best we can takes thought, planning, and refreshing. My quarterly retreats do all three for me.

Dec 02, 2017 04:29 PM #32
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Corey Martin
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I agree. We must replenish ourselves, take an account of where we are at present, and plan for the future. Thank you for sharing. 

Dec 02, 2017 04:32 PM #33
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Hi Debbie Gartner - you 'get' it! Reflecting, analyzying, planning and refreshing - all important to keep the saw sharp. I almost never miss a quarterly planning get-away.

Hi, Jill Sackler - it's great that the ideals of the 7 Habits has filtered down to your elementary schools. Those students will have a foot up having been introduced to the concepts early on.

 

Dec 02, 2017 04:33 PM #34
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Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - I think I DO have it made! I love my work, my family and friends, my free time and my hiking/yoga/Pilates, etc. But, I pay attention to it to keep life in balance and on track.

Kathleen Daniels - these retreats are ingrained in me, and when I miss one (rarely!) I feel ungrounded. Solitary hikes and walks give me time to think and plan; hiking with Gene or others is simply fun!

Hello Michael Jacobs - your praise is wonderful to hear -- you "get" it and understand how vital these planning sessions are.

Dec 02, 2017 04:37 PM #35
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Lottie

It's imperative to keep our saw sharpened to a find edge.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 02, 2017 07:47 PM #36
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I agree, Lou Ludwig - that's what I attempt to do with these get-away planning sessions.

Dec 02, 2017 09:59 PM #37
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Great choice of hike locations, that's for sure!  We have Mt. Tam right out our office window and not a day goes by where I'm not grateful for that.  Congrats on your feature!

Dec 03, 2017 07:41 AM #38
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Mt. Tam is hiker's heaven Rob Spinosa . Do you have a favorite hike/trail there? It's hard to pick just one!

Dec 03, 2017 08:57 AM #39
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Paul McFadden
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That's beautiful country!

Dec 03, 2017 11:56 AM #40
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West Marin is a real favorite of mine, Paul McFadden - after working diligently on business plans for 2 days, my husband joined me for a "play day," which included hiking to the top of Mt. Wittenberg, and then along Limintour Beach--good for the soul.

Limintour Beach, Pt. Reyes 12.1.17

Dec 04, 2017 07:32 AM #41
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It's probably the prettiest part of the Bay Area. You are very fortunate!

Dec 04, 2017 09:52 AM #42
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We are fortunate, indeed, Paul McFadden - Seattle is also a lovely area.

Dec 04, 2017 10:55 AM #43
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I like it here although the weather can be a bit dreary.

Dec 04, 2017 12:25 PM #44
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Good afternoon Lottie - this is a great way to sharpen the saw.  Break away on a retreat.  Companies do that, why shouldn't you.

Dec 08, 2017 09:53 AM #45
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Hi Grant Schneider - getting away on a business retreat, and having time for myself, too, is ingrained in me by now. I'm always productive and come back recharged and raring to go!

 

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