Do you want to get more done? I do, on daily basis! Would you want to get healthier even while getting more done? Understanding and applying this one principle will help you get to these goals quickly.
Just recently, I desired that a day should have been up to 30 hours! Have you ever had such a desire? I guess that that must be the desire of everyone that at one time or the other had to battle with not achieving all that the heart desired for the day.
On a second thought, however, I also thought that if 24 hours was not enough for me, then 30 hours will not also be. At that point I may be wishing that it should be 48 hours and so on.
The thoughts set me up for more thinking.
I wondered why some people are achieving much more than I am doing. I also considered that some people will be wondering why I am achieving more than they are currently doing.
The one important principle that will help you get more done
The thoughts made me conclude that the different levels of achievements for different people depend on how they understand the Pareto principle and apply it.
The Pareto principle, sometimes also referred to as the 80/20 rule, states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Pareto developed both concepts in the context of the distribution of income and wealth among the population. This principle applies in almost all aspects of life – health, business, relationships, wealth etc. The converse of the principle also applies.
The few people who fully understand this principle and APPLY it are definitely ahead of those who know of the principle only as theory. As far as this principle is concerned, I see 3 categories of people. These are:
- Those that understand the principle and apply it religiously
- Those that know of the principle but do not see the need to, or know not how to apply it
- Those who do not know about the principle and so have nothing to do with it.
Whether the 24 hours is enough for you or not depends on the category that you fall into. Usually, the second and third categories belong to the same class.
Whether you are getting more done or not depends on the class you belong to.
Those in the first category start the day with the 20% of the task that gives them the 80% result of the day’s activities. By the end of the day, they have achieved more while apparently seeming to work less. For example, fixing a faulty fan will not give you the same result as writing a marketing email.
On the other hand, those in the second category start the day with 80% of their task that gives them only 20% result. These people work more and achieve less. They keep shifting the most important tasks possibly out of fear or ignorance.
Identifying the 20% that gives you 80% result in order to get more done
In order to get more done, you need to identify the 20% of your activities that give a whopping 80% result and start off your day with them. This way, you are sure to get more done.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the people, which used to include me, start the day with the less important 80% activities. In the end they have labored more but drastically achieved much less.
To get more done, you will need to carefully plan ahead. It is by planning that you will be able to identify the 20% of your activities that critically and separate them from the 80% that gets you less result.
Planning the day, week, month and year ahead of their arrival is an essential strategy to get more done. For me, I currently get the next day planned in the last hour before going to bed.
For you, what are the 20% of your activities that contribute the 80% of the results in your health, business, family and relationships? You do not need to guess! If you are not sure then you need to take your time to identify them because it is the foundation that enables you to get more done.
Get More Done and Get Healthier Applying the Pareto Principle
Maybe you need to stop, sit down and get the foundation right, even now. This is the starting point of a new dawn in getting more done and getting healthier in the process.
Not being able to separate this critical 20% in the area of your health, marriage, business etc has resulted in ugly consequences. For example, it has led to the shattering of the health of many people. It has resulted in shattered dreams and marriages. It has led to sons and daughters being estranged to their parents. The consequences are much as the list can go on.
As you concentrate more on the more important 20%, you will find that you will be less prone to stress which is a silent killer.
It is not yet late to get started all over. Many will never even start. For them they see their lack of productivity and ill-health as resulting from one external influence or the other.
Starting right away to reorganize yourself will be a great way to get more done starting today. It is a sure way to get going on the path of health. Let the Pareto principle be a check that will guide you to always get more done. See you on the side of health and productivity.