In Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, the seventh habit is to sharpen the saw.

This phrase means taking time to renew yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

When was the last time you sharpened your saw?

If you haven’t sharpened your saw in a while, then it’s time to plan a solo trip.

If it sounds too daunting, then think about taking an overnight trip or a half-day trip.

If you don’t want to fly by yourself, then drive to a nearby town.

If you live in a large city, then book a night at a nice hotel.

If you don’t want to eat by yourself, then order room service or order take-out from a local restaurant.

If you don’t know what to do by yourself, here are some ideas:

sign up for a service at the hotel’s spa

find a nearby park and go for a long walk

sit poolside with a book you’ve been meaning to read

catch up on much needed sleep

rent movies and lay in bed all day

Notice all suggestions exclude social media and interactions with others.

This time is your time to regain balance in your life.

It’s your time to stop doing for others and do for yourself.

If it’s your first time on a solo trip, it may be awkward initially. But eventually, you’ll enjoy your own company.

Make 2023 your best year ever by finding time for Y-O-U!

(Update to original post from April 27, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”