Focus on the Right Things

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With Pareto Principle, you can greatly maximize your output by focusing on less. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Self-analysis

On a piece of paper, jot down how you spend your time — the project you have at hand, the specific tasks you do every day, and the coworkers and clients you work with.

And then, make a list of the results and obstacles you have.

Step 2: Identify the 20%

After gaining a clearer picture of the activities and results, connect the dots to link those (good or bad) results to the source of activities.

Step 3: Trim the fat

What to do next is obvious.

Eliminate (or at least trim down) activities that create more problems in your life and double down on activities that lead to 80% of the positive outcomes.

I want to hear more from you. What’s the 20% you’d focus on? And why? What are the 20% you’d eliminate? And why?

Leave a comment below to share.

7 comments… add one
  • Arundhati

    I am going to stop the social media checking as it eats 80% of the productive time.

  • Vinayak kore

    Will prioritize the activities which give me 80 % work done satisfaction

  • Anna

    I try to focus on sales, following up on leads (20%) before i attend to support and other queries from existing customers.

    • Dean Yeong

      Yes, you have it right. You can also think about what’s the 20% to best support your existing customers instead of attending to them manually on moment notice.

  • Temesgen

    The 20% I’d focus on is coaching my team. Because once my team is strong we will score 80% of the result.

    • Dean Yeong

      Brilliant! It’s exactly what most managers need to realize — that the key 20% of a manager is to help the team to do a better job. Instead of doing the job themselves.

  • Kanekal

    I have stumbled across “pareto’s law” in the recent book I read. I want to focus on my 20% of activities that make myself healthy and comfortable like reading books, excersie, etc. I feel working less but efficiently can generate more result or output to yourself yes i agree to pareto’s law.

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