There was an old lumberjack known for his speed at cutting down trees. One day he was challenged by a younger, stronger lumberjack who knew he could beat the older guy in a head to head contest and earn glory for himself. So the young lumberjack challenged the old timer and the experienced lumberjack agreed.
The day for the contest arrived and the two competitors began to work. The younger lumberjack started in immediately and worked tirelessly all day without stopping cutting down tree after tree. While he was working, he noticed that the older lumberjack took a 15 minute break every hour. The younger man smiled as he continued to work, confident that he would be the victor this day!
Yet, at the end of the work day, when the cut trees were counted, the experienced lumberjack had felled nearly one third more trees than the younger man! The young lumberjack was incredulous! How could the old guy have possibly cut more trees than he did when he worked 25% less time than he had? It made no sense. So, he swallowed his pride and approached the older lumberjack, congratulated him on his victory and asked him the question.
“How did you beat me? How did you work less time and cut down more trees? I didn’t stop all day but you stopped every hour.”
The wise, older lumberjack smiled and told the youngster, “I stopped for 15 minutes every hour to sharpen my axe, and so the work that I did was more productive.”
Never forget to stop and sharpen your axe! The most productive people spend a little time at the end or beginning of the day, and make a plan for the next one. This allows them to prioritize their time, and get that which needs to be done, done. Top producers also spend time each day doing things that pay off long term, like reading about what other successful people have done, researching their product and competition, eating healthy, and exercising.
The Lumberjack Story: One Secret of Highly Productive People Reviewed by Don Smith on 7:02:00 PM Rating: