The Importance of Using the Right Tools

Right Tools

Last week, the Ottawa region, where I live, was hit by its first winter storm, and it was a severe one. I went to sleep to a clean driveway and woke up the next morning to 20+ centimeters of snow.

In the early afternoon, I mustered the courage to go out and clear my driveway. I put on my coat, boots, hat, and gloves, and armed with nothing more than my little shovel, I stepped into the pile of snow and began the chipping at it.

While I struggled to clear my driveway, many of my neighbors were plowing through the snow with lightning speed and much less effort than I. The difference: they were using their snow blower. The “tool” they were using was far better suited for the task than mine.

This reminded me that, when you don’t use the right tools, you waste time and energy—and you can hurt yourself. To get results, you need the right tools; your tools have a direct impact on your results.

Your tools must match the scope of your endeavor and your desired outcome. I mean my little shovel is the perfect tool to clean a front porch or a very small driveway. However, for a four car driveway, like mine, it’s not ideal. It can do the job, but it’s not efficient. A snow blower is much better suited for this task.

I’m sure you understand that push comes to shove, you can use a screwdriver to knock in a nail, but it’s not the best tool for the job. Do your tools fit your goals? Review your current projects and other productive endeavors and examine whether you are using the right tools to get the job done—efficiently. 

If you want great results, you’ll need great tools. You may not be able to acquire those tools right way because of various constraints, such as monetary constraints. However, getting the best tools should be part of your plan.

Anyhow, more than 2 hours into my forced “plowing” workout, with sour muscles and back pains, I retreated home, sword in hand, having swept only about 60% of the snow.

On the next day, I decided to tackle the remaining 40%, but before taking this on, I stopped by the store and purchased a sleigh scoop snow shovel, which is, at least, five times bigger than my little shovel. It’s not yet a snow blower, but it’s way better than the tool I had been using. It took me about 25 minutes to clean up the rest of my driveway. Do the math. Way more effective. It was a good workout, but my back is fine.