By now you probably heard some corny story about some lumberjack who kept seeing his tree chopping productivity decline because his ax got dull. If I hear one more speaker tell that story, I’ll probably throttle them. But there is an important lesson in it.
Taking the time to hone and refine your skills makes you much more productive and efficient. Because you are better at doing things, it actually takes you less time to do them, and you do them better. Even accounting for the time you spent on improving your skills, you still get your stuff done quicker. As an example, just learning to use a computer can save you ten or twenty hours of productive time every week for the rest of your career.
I take time every single day to sharpen my saw. If you want to do more have more, and become more – you must do the same. So what will you do today to sharpen your saw?