When to step away

If I’m given 6 hours to cut down a tree, I spend the first four sharpening the saw.

– Abraham Lincoln

 

When is it time to step away and renew yourself?  Yet, it also seems like some of us get addicted to the down time and it becomes an issue.  So how much is enough and how much is too much.

60-60-30

  • I utilize this ratio during my days.  1 hour on one project, another hour on a different project, and then 30 minutes of free time.  Free time isn’t emails.  Free time is stepping away, taking a walk, calling loved ones, meditation, or all the above.
  • It works!  I am amazed by how much I can accomplish in those times, but I want to impress upon you that you do your best to make sure you are not interrupted.  In fact, schedule a few of those 60 minute spots for chaotic work; such as emails, phone calls, visitors.

The 7th Day

  • We’re taught that the Bible says we should rest every seven days and I could not agree more.  However, that means that six days are full of work.  Make good use of this.  Get your chores caught up on those six days.  Do special events or projects on those six days, but that last day, REST!  Seriously, REST!!!
  • It’s tough with kids, but you can do it and you can help them with this habit as well.