Sharpening the Practice Saw

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“Sharpening the Saw” is one of Dr. Stephen Covey’s ‘habits’ in is 7 Steps for Highly Effective People.

It came to mind yesterday when I was practicing. I’m getting back into ‘shape’ and practicing after traveling for the holidays – I’m also getting back into my gym routine as well. I noticed my mind and focus wandering a bit both in musical practice and in the gym.

Sometimes the best practice is not necessarily actual practice but to layout your plans – create a blueprint for the near future. This serves to put focus back into the arena as well as energize you since your brain now ‘knows’. Take a sunday and rather than saw away, sharpen the saw.

Sit down with pencil and paper and brainstorm. What’s coming up? What needs work? Are your warmups effective?

For further study, I recommend:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
(I like this one as an audio book as well)

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Musician’s Practice Planner

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