How to Get MORE Done… in LESS Time (Part Two)

If you missed Part One of How to Get MORE Done… in Less Time, you can read it here. Basically, last week’s post stated that back in the 1920’s, Charles Schwab, a steel corporation tycoon… used a SIMPLE system to generate hundreds of millions of more dollars in a short amount of time. That system is detailed in last week’s post.

This post will be fairly short and simple also… so be blessed by it!

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule before? If you haven’t… you’re missing a big opportunity for yourself! The 80/20 rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) states that 80% of an OUTPUT you want… comes from 20% of the INPUT that goes in.

Hope I didn’t lose you right there! So what does this mean? I’ll tell you…

* 80% of all the income earned in America, or any other country… is earned and held by the top 20% of the population.
* 80% of a business man or woman’s sales… comes from the top 20% of their customers.
* 80% of the amount of money that comes into a church on Sunday morning… comes from 20% of the church members.
* 80% of the food we eat… comes from 20% of the world.
* 80% of the clothes we wear throughout the week… comes from 20% of the clothes that are in our closets!


* 80% of the results that we want… will come from the TOP 20% of the work we put into it!

This means that if you have a business, a job, a ministry, take care of a household, whatever you do… if you concentrate your efforts and your work on doing the MOST important things first (or the top 20% of your work)… you will have automatically accomplished 80% of everything that needed to get done!

But if you concentrate on doing the bottom 80% of the least important work you need to do (as most people do)… you will only accomplish 20% of the job you need to complete!

Amazing, huh?

Taking this further… most people work 8 hours a day on average. Most of this time is spent goofing off or doing irrelevant stuff (surfing the Internet, chatting on IM, talking on to friends on the phone, daydreaming, shuffling paperwork, checking e-mail too much, etc…)

If we simply went to work… and concentrated on doing the big things which were PRIORITY that needed to be done in order to get a job done, or make money for our business (ex. making those calls to the sales clients, selling our products/services, etc.)… it is possible that we could accomplish that in 1.5-2 hours time instead of 8 hours… and have completed 80% of ALL the work that was needed for the day!

In any typical workday… we tend to put off the boring or the more dreaded things (top 20%) to the latter part of the day… and we do the fun or easy things such as Internet, chatting to co-workers, etc. (bottom 80%) first.

If we would simply flip this around… and spend the first two hours of our day working HARD at accomplishing the important tasks (20%), we will accomplish MOST of the vital work that needs to be done (80% results).

So How Do I Put That into Action?

(1) Write down all the tasks you need to get done for the next day on paper… the night before you go back to work.

(2)Most of the times… there are 2, sometimes 3 very important tasks that we need to do in a day. Do these tasks first… and don’t allow ANYTHING to interrupt you from accomplishing these tasks.

(3) Try this for 30 days and see how free it makes you! If you own your own business… you will be WAY more productive, as much as by 800%. If you work a job… your boss will bend over backwards for you and might even promote you… If you are able to use the 80/20 rule effectively, you will have a less stressful and more enjoyable job ahead of you!

What do you think? Let me know! Be blessed of God in all you do and have an AWESOME weekend!

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  • GREAT post! I knew this concept but never knew I knew it – if that makes sense. I will work on focusing on those 20% items and not let the 80% distract me from my day. Thanks for the tips.

    Comment | May 11, 2009
  • Thanks Kathryn!

    Comment | May 11, 2009

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