Once there were a group of men – a young hot-blooded guy and a big number of old folks, doing timber job in a jungle (i.e. chopping down trees).
This young chap is very hard working. He always continues to work through his break time and complains that those old folks were wasting time, having to break few times a day to drink and chat. As times goes by, this young guy noticed that even though he worked through break time and hardly took a rest. Those old folks are chopping the same amount of trees as he did and sometimes did more than he did. It was as if those old folks work through the break time as he did. So he decided to work harder the next day. Unfortunately the results were even worse.
One day, one of the old folk invited him for a drink during their break time. The young guy refused and said he has no extra time to spend! Then the old man smiled to him and said It was just a waste of effort to keep chopping trees without re-sharpening your knife. Sooner or later you will give up or be so exhausted as you have spent too much energy.
Suddenly the young man realized that actually during break times while those old folks were having a chat, they were also resharpening their knife at the same time! And that’s how they can chop faster than him and yet spending lesser time! The old man said – What we need is efficiency by making use of our skill and ability intelligently. Only then can we have more times to do other things.
Learning: By taking a short break during work, it would make you feel fresher, think well and work better after the break. There are lot of merits when you work sustainably.