There’s no doubt we’re working and living in challenging times.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re likely working from home when you either weren’t used to it … or if you were used to it, now all of a sudden you have other people in your surroundings.
Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, one thing is common. Suddenly, you have more time on your hands.
Some of my clients, and other people that I have talked to, have termed this as “extra time” to get things done, and they’re wondering what to do with all of this “extra time”.
Here’s a story that will help guide you down the path of using your “extra time” productively.
It’s from this book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a must-read for every business owner, and the story is called Sharpen the Saw.
Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree. “What are you doing?” You ask.
“Can’t you see?” Comes the impatient reply.
“I’m sawing down this tree.”
“You look exhausted!” You exclaim. “How long have you been at it?”
“Over five hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat. This is hard work.”
“Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” You inquire. “I’m sure it’d go faster.”
“I don’t have time to sharpen my saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing.”
So how that relates to what we’re talking about today is that busyness has now taken a back seat for many people and now we find that we’re not rushing here and there doing this and that.
We actually now have some time.
The question is how best to use the time we have.
Sharpen your tech mastery
The number one resistor I hear from my clients when we introduce technology into their business is they don’t have time to learn how to use it.
Or perhaps you already have a tech tool in your business, it might even your smartphone or your tablet. Whatever that looks like, you haven’t had time to master it.
Now is the time to learn your technology and master that skill set.
For example, I’ve been using Zoom for years and now a lot of people are starting to use Zoom as well in their businesses, One thing I never knew about Zoom is that it has a whiteboard feature. I know this because I started playing around with it, watching some videos and just up-leveling my mastery of the technology and there it was.
I didn’t know it existed.
So there are likely some hidden capabilities and features in some of the tech tools that you’re using. It could be something as simple as your email, whether it’s Gmail or Outlook. It could be your project management tool. Whatever that is for you, take some time now and master your technology.
Sharpen your mind
There may be books you’ve wanted to read, podcasts you’ve never had time to listen to, documentaries you’ve wanted to watch.
Take time now to read, to listen, and to watch … all with the intent of expanding your knowledge and your mind.
Sharpen your habits
Busyness creeps in and perhaps you wouldn’t have time to eat a healthy breakfast, you wouldn’t have time to exercise. In my case, I never made time to meditate.
Now I’m bringing in some healthy habits and I encourage you to do the same. Make room for some things you may have wanted to do, but never had the time to do.
I encourage you to use this “extra time” to master those tech tools, expand your knowledge and establish some healthy routines and habits in your life that will help you become a better version of yourself.
The one thing I know for sure is that we will get through this time, together.