This rule says that 20% of your activities will
account for 80% of your results. 20% of your
will account for 80% of your sales. 20% of your products or services will
account for 80% of your profits. 20% of your tasks will account for 80% of the
value of what you do, and so on.
This means that if you have a list of ten items to
do, two of those items will turn out to be worth as much or more than the other
eight items put together.
The Greatest Payoff
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of these
tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those
tasks will contribute five or ten times the value as any of the others.
Often, one item on a list of ten things that you
have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This
task is invariably the one that you should do first.
The Most Valuable Tasks
The most valuable tasks you can do each day are
often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing
these tasks efficiently can be tremendous. For this reason, you must adamantly
refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80% while you still have tasks in the top
20% left to be done.
Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is
this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?”