Lumberjack with his ax
The story of the lumberjack: when we lose sight of the essentials. Photo:

The Lumberjack Story: Sharpen your ax!

Are you one of those people who postpone things because you think you don’t have the time right now? Sometimes it can be helpful to take a short break from work to do other things so that you can then continue more effectively. The Lumberjack Story is a great lesson on priorities.

A walker meets a lumberjack in a forest who is trying hard to cut a tree with his blunt ax. He steps up to him and asks, “But good man, your ax is very blunt. Why don’t you sharpen it? ” The worker replies: “I don’t have time for that, I have to cut the tree …!”
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Learn from the story of the lumberjack

How about you? Are you so busy with your task – your life and your work – that you don’t even notice how much faster you could get ahead with a sharper ax (new knowledge and new skills)?

The story of the lumberjack shows in a humorous way the irrational effects that poor preparation can lead to.

Especially when you have a lot of dreams, you shouldn’t neglect planning. Prioritize your tasks and rely on the SMART-system to be as productive as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to become a perfectionist. But you should take time regularly (at least once a month) to briefly check whether you are still working productively. If this is not the case, you should improve the way you work as soon as possible.

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