Every Sunday I’ve been telling you about a productivity book I’ve read. Well, today’s book is a book you don’t want to miss! I’m just wrapping it up and I actually like it better than The One Thing. That’s saying a lot! It’s called The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Pareto Principle (the 80/20 principle). That 20 percent of your output generates 80 percent of your results. That means 4/5 of our output is pretty much irrelevant. How that for thinking about how much of your day is wasted?
However, the author breaks this down even further; into a way that’s never been explained to me. If you take your 20 percent output and break it down into another 80/20, you can narrow your focus even more. Then you can do it again. And again. And again. Until you find the most important thing you should be working on.
For example: Say 80 percent of people travel on 20 percent of the roads. 80 percent of those people travel on 20 percent of the first 20 percent of roads. Then 80 percent of those people travel on 20 percent of the 20 percent of the first 20 percent of roads. Basically, the majority of people travel on very few roads. Knowing that information helps determine which roads to repair first in a budget crisis, to salt first before a snow storm, to choose a bilboard on when advertising our business.
Of course some readers might enjoy reading about examples that relate to their exact situation. Thankfully there is a whole series that does just that:
This thinking has really helped me narrow my focus for this blog, my business and my life. I think reading one of these books will help you do the same!
Here’s a quick recap of the books I’ve mentioned so far this year:
- The One Thing
- One Line a Day
- 20,000 Days
- The 12 Week Year
- The Early to Rise Experience
- The 80/20 Principle
Now on to our daily task…
Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.
It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #2.
- Schedule your to do list on your calendar.