In Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, habit number 7 involves what he calls Sharpening the Saw. Simply put, it is the habit of self-renewal, the that allows you to keep doing all of the other hard work that demands most of your life. There are four dimensions that you want to focus on physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual, and you want to put equal attention towards each.
During our annual inter-gym March Madness competition, we challenged our members to take time to sharpen the saw and take some time for themselves. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
Investing in yourself is the single most powerful investment you can make in life, because you ultimately are engine of the car that is your life. And if you don’t take time to do some routine maintenance on yourself, you will quickly find that things start breaking down. Below is a list of some of the suggestions that we recommended to our members, feel free to use it as a starting block then build your own sharpening the saw routine from it! Be sure to choose from each of the four dimensions equally.
Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
- Get to bed before 10 AM and wake up between 5:00 and 7:00 am
- Take a 10-20 min nap in static back position:
- Plan out your meals for the week
- Brown bag your lunch instead of eating out
- Try out a new healthy recipe
- Dont cook? This one is really easy and only has 3 ingredients: https://nomnompaleo.com/post/138166087728/whole-roasted-cauliflower
- Go to pinterest!
- Some healthy blogs to check out: https://makeyourbodywork.com/best-healthy-food-blogs/
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
- Pay it forward or do a random act of kindness
- Teach someone how to do something they don’t know how to do because you want to, not because you have to
- Invite someone who challenges you to grow (friend, co-worker, boss, mentor, parent) out to lunch/dinner/or coffee, turn off your phone and engage in meaningful conversation with this person, long distance? Have a facetime coffee with them.
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
- Write in your journal
- Read a blog or 10 pages from a book that challenges you to grow in some way. (Great blogs to check out, these are in no particular order!):
- Addicted2success – diverse content with blog posts, podcasts, interviews, videos and news on motivational and self-development topics: http://addicted2success.com/
- Tim Ferris – best blog on lifestyle design. He gives innovative advice on increasing your productivity manifolds and getting the most out of life. : http://fourhourworkweek.com/blog
- James Clear one of the top motivational blogs providing high-value content on behavioral psychology, habit formation and performance improvement http://www.jamesclear.com/
- Greatist – gives high-quality on healthy diet, living and fitness. You can take care of your body as well as your mind by reading this blog. http://greatist.com/
- Success – business, personal development, health and lifestyle. It also provides daily success quotes and fills you with positivity for the rest of your day. http://success.com/
- Life hack shows you how to succeed in career, build healthy relationships and take care of your health http://www.lifehack.org/
- Robin Sharma – renowned life coach and author of some amazing books like The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. You should check his “5 AM club” philosophy and learn the importance of “golden hours” http://www.robinsharma.com/blog/
- Tiny Buddah – about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives http://tinybuddha.com/
- The Happiness Project – creator of the Four Tendencies framework, exploring happiness and good habits. http://gretchenrubin.com/
- I will teach you to be rich –learn how to use psychology and systems to live a Rich Life. That could mean automating your finances, making more money, finding your Dream Job, starting an online business or mastering your inner psychology. http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/
- Go to a workshop or seminar
- Free Events at the Richland County Public Library:
- Events at University of South Carolina:
- The State Events Website
- Columbia Museum of Art
- Watch a documentary
- 50 top trending documentaries on netflix: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/the-50-best-documentaries-on-netflix-december-2016.html
- Another Ranked list for netflix documentaries: http://collider.com/best-documentaries-on-netflix/#cartel-land
- Best free youtube documentaries: https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/09/15/best-youtube-documentaries/
- Have someone teach you to do something you’ve never done before but have always wanted to do.
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service
- Meditate or do deep breathing for 10 minutes
- Get an adult coloring book and do some coloring
- Free Printable Coloring Pages: https://www.google.com/search?q=adult+coloring+pages+pdf&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1
- Dust off an instrument and make some music, don’t play? Have a dance party in the living room!
- Get out your spiritual guide and do some reading and reflection
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for (take a picture of it)
- Go to a park or forest and take a nature walk (no headphones or cell phones!)
- City of Columbia Parks: https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation