80% of What You Do Doesn’t Matter

I can stay busy all day.

I really have mastered the art of extending my email, finding busy work for myself, and “networking” to fill time.

I can do it.  But I don’t.  Because of the Pareto Principle.

The Pareto Principle says that 20 percent of your work accounts for 80% of your accomplishments.  In other words there are lots of “good” things to do to fill your days, but your challenge is to choose the “right” things.

Try this:  Quickly write down ten things you have to get done this week.  Then examine each item and consider how much you will benefit if you are able to cross that task off your list.  Begin deleting the least impactful items on your list until only 2 remain.  THAT IS YOUR 20%.  That is what you need to focus on first.

Want to learn more about the Pareto Principle?  Check out:  Youtube: Effectively Using the Pareto Principle

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