What are you planning to do today? The key word is ‘planning’. All too often we take this sentence to mean: What are you going to do today?’. The difference is subtle but significant. Spend time in planning.

Further, spend a disproportionately greater time in planning than in actually doing the task itself. This may seem counter intuitive. However, your planning will be rewarded. Your axe will be sharp and it will cut through the wood so much quicker than if you’d only given it minimal time, or no time at all!

Sharpen the axe and spend time doing so. A lot of time. It will be worth it in the end.

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.

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