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Ever notice how fast days go by, leaving you short on time to achieve anything? Why are we continually running out of time? The likes of Richard Branson have the same 24 hours in their day as you, so what are they doing differently to achieve their success? I'm going to shed some light on a very simple process, so simple you will have no trouble implementing it for yourself.
In 1897, Italian engineer, Vilfredo Pareto started looking into productivity. In the study he found almost no correlation between hours of effort invested and productivity achieved. He found there is a split of approximately 80/20. Simply put, 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts or four-fifths of our efforts are largely irrelevant.
If 80% of your results come from only 20% of your efforts, you could achieve almost the same results doing 80% less. The challenge is to look at what tasks get your best results and what is just 'fluff'. Learn to focus on the things that produce the 80% of results.
Quality Over Quantity
Time is my most valuable resource. I hate wasting any of it. Each day starts with a list, my way of focusing on the productive 20%. Once those tasks are out the way, I know any more won't have much impact on my days achievements, leaving more time to enjoy life.
Does this mean I produce less, not at all. I've learnt that working all hours doesn't make you better, produce more results or add to your enjoyment. Past a certain point it just becomes less quality output and less time for yourself.
'The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.'
Become Efficient With Your Time
Take a careful look at your day. What activities yield the greatest results? Which could be trimmed without degrading the outcome? Tune in. Sharpen your focus.
The really efficient among you could double up on the productive tasks and really maximise your performance. That's what the big guns do, they find what works, tune in and copy-paste, leaving out anything unproductive.
Become Your Best Critic
Consider your employers view. Which tasks are you really there for? What makes you shine? What should you focus on and what could be left alone. Pick your battles, then go in with gusto. Leave the faffing to others.
In a previous post, Are You Adding Value, I looked at ways of making sure you are maximising your value.
How To Master Your Productivity:
Are you able to achieve the same with less time spent? Have you mastered the 80/20 principle already?
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