Hone your tools

As I chopped firewood in the back yard a few minutes ago, I remembered a proverb I’d spotted on the glorious interweb some time during the last fortnight:

If you have a week in which to chop down a tree, spend six days sharpening your axe.

I thought I’d try to find some way to relate this to programming, but frankly it seems so obvious as to not be worth the bother. :-)