Weekly TKD Lesson…

“Don’t get complacent. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and
set higher standards of achievement for yourself. Once you’ve
achieved a standard of excellence, never let it rest–push yourself
even higher.”
                                  — Dave Anderson

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time
and life management. It is also called the “Pareto Principle” after
its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote
about it in 1895.

Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide
naturally into what he called the “vital few”, the top 20 percent
in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many”, the bottom
80 percent.

He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was
subject to this principle as well.

For example, this principle says that 20 percent of your activities
will account for 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your
customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of
your products or services will account for 80 percent of your
profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent 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 five or ten times or more than the
other eight items put together.

**Number of Tasks versus Importance of Tasks**
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of the ten 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 of any of the
others.

Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be
worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is
invariably the frog that you should eat first.

**Focus on Activities, Not Accomplishments**
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 percent while you still have tasks in the top 20 percent
left to be done.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the
top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?”

The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in
the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task,
you will be naturally motivated to continue.

A part of your mind loves to be busy working on significant tasks
that can really make a difference. Your job is to feed this part of
your mind continually.

**Motivate Yourself**
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task
motivates you and helps you to overcome procrastination. Time
management is really life management, personal management.

It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time
management is having control over what you do next. And you are
always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability
to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key
determinant of your success in life and work.

Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the
most important task that is before them. They force themselves to
get it done, whatever it is.

As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person
and are much happier as a result.

This should be your way of working as well.
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