God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh.
I do the same.
Six days on. One off.
For some, that means Sunday Funday. For others, it’s lazy Sunday.
For me, I’m all about “sharpening the saw.”
Sharpening the saw is habit 7 from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits.
It means taking time for deep reflection and self-care. It means recommitting to your mission and taking inventory of your life and goals. Are you moving closer to your goals or further away?
When you take time for deep reflection, planning, and meditation, you set yourself up for success the rest of the week.
Here’s how to do it.
“We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.”
-DR. STEPHEN R. COVEY
How do you sharpen the saw?
Here are some ideas (taken from Franklincovey.com)
|Physical:||Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting|
|Social/Emotional:||Making social and meaningful connections with others|
|Mental:||Learning, reading, writing, and teaching|
|Spiritual:||Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service|
Your activities might mirror the above or they could be entirely different. The key is to find activities that get you in touch with yourself, your source.
One thing to note, though. Sharpening the saw doesn’t just have to happen on Sundays. By keeping a structured schedule, you’ll find yourself having a better sense of “balance” throughout the week.
One way I do this is to give each day a specific task. Here’s what that looks like:
Tuesday: Content Creation
Saturday: Buffer (Errands)
Sunday: Sharpen the saw
Sunday is all about planning, organizing, and visualizing. By the time Sunday rolls around, I need to be away from people completely. I usually turn my phone off and get off the grid.
Being alone with yourself, in a world where everyone is overexposed, is difficult but necessary.
Selfishness Is a Virtue
Taking time for yourself might seem selfish, and you’d be right. But if you can’t take care of yourself, then how can you take care of others?
When you realize that you are the wave, the ripple, the source of everything in your life, you understand the value of cultivating it and replenishing it.
This Sunday or the next, get in touch with yourself. Sharpen the saw.