Using the 80/20 Rule for Prioritizing Work:

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Leadership and Time Management Update from H. LEINER & CO.

Well, what is the 80/20 rule?

20% of input causes 80% of results.

What does this mean to you?

When you have a to-do list with several items on it, 20% of the items on your list will produce 80% of your desired results. By doing only 20% of the tasks, you will have accomplished much more than if you had done the rest.

THE PROBLEM:

Instead of focusing majority of time and effort on that most important 20% because it yields 80% of the results, most people tend to do just the opposite. It is easier to spend more time on the 80% of actions and feel busy, even though this is not impactful on your overall goal.

THE SOLUTION:

Instead of choosing to clear up the easy things on your list first, do it the other way. Decide which items are in the 20% of your tasks that could accomplish 80% of your goals. Then start doing those 20%. The hardest part is getting started, but once you start to work on an important task, you will be much more satisfied, knowing that this one task will be extremely productive.

(Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)

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