‘Zero days’ clear the haze, pave the ways to achievement

People hiking the length of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail regularly log 10 to 20 miles daily. The only way to accomplish the feat is to keep at it.

People hiking the length of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail regularly log 10 to 20 miles daily. The only way to accomplish the feat is to keep at it.

Now and then, though, hikers take what is called a “zero day” – when they take a break and don’t hike, making no progress on the trail.

Zero days are necessary for several reasons. They give the body time to recharge and rest and to accomplish tasks that enable them to continue hiking, such as restocking supplies, grabbing a home-cooked meal and doing laundry.

These zero days are essential to the mental and physical health of the hiker.

This philosophy also applies to professionals. Though you may not necessarily take a zero day, it is vital to your physical and mental health to step away from your job for a bit to do the things that enable you to continue your work when you return.

The late Stephen R. Covey, in his seminal work, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” referred to this as “sharpening the saw” or working for continuous improvement.

Whatever you do in your daily work or practice, it is essential to continue learning about it. The pace of change is ever increasing, and being a lifelong learner will allow you to stay current with your business and be able to change as the markets change.

They say if you are not moving, you get left behind. This is true to what we do daily. Strive to be a lifelong learner and continually work to hone your craft.

This can be done in many ways. It can be reading books on your profession, attending conferences, listening to podcasts or getting a degree.

For me, writing columns and articles helps me stay current, as I research and stay engaged in my profession.

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