Keep Your Axe Sharp

Keep Your Axe Sharp

I am always eager to discover ways to amplify my strengths. Recently I attended an online user conference for a software suited for purpose-driven entrepreneurs. Surrounded by these like-minded folks, I was reminded of the importance of keeping my axe sharp. 

 “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” —Abraham Lincoln

As part of my work environment, I like to layer in technology when it can make my life easier. Here are a few of my favorite ways to work smarter, not harder.

I use an online Project Management tool which helps keep work on track. I love to plan the work, work the plan, and watch the plan work.  I use Asana’s free solution ( with my family, my team, and some clients. It is great for collaboration and automated reminders about deadlines. Also gives me a little thrill when I complete a task and get to check it off. 

Textexpander ( I just discovered this tool. I am very excited to get started. Imagine me doing backflips across a rugby pitch.  Email can take a big chunk of my time each day and this app will let me save time and avoid reinventing the wheel once I have found the right words for requests or responses.

When I need a boost of energy and a change of pace when I lose focus, I like to replenish my energy in a few ways-

  • Walks with my dog, Dax.
  • Sometimes a quick nap or stretches and breathing exercises get me back on track. 
  • Blasting Billy Joel, Pink or the soundtrack from Hamilton
  • A steaming hot cup of Teccino, my favorite no-caf beverage and reading a chapter of a book.
  • When I really don’t want to be in front of my computer, I will bribe myself to go back to it with a personality quiz, or a bit on YouTube from James Cordon, or if I think some salty language and f-bombs might be needed, a sketch from College Humor.

There are many different ways to get back on track and to make sure that you are staying sharp. Be sure to find yours so you can stay productive even when you are not feeling your best.