80:20 Principle

Pareto Principle 80:20 rule

80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. To increase your productivity and effectiveness, you need to focus on the 20% of high-impact activities, and de-focus on the 80% low-impact activities.

Productivity quote by Kevin Johnson - Normally, these crucial tasks demand more time, energy, and focus than we care to give. Thus, we avoid them, doing those simpler tasks that really don’t have a major impact on our business.

Personal example: Out of more than 120 wholesale customers, a mere 5 were bringing in 95% of the revenue. I was spending 98% of my time chasing the remainder.

More customers is not the goal: Remember, more customers is not automatically more income. More customers is not the goal and often translates into 90% more housekeeping and a paltry 1–3% increase in income. Make no mistake, maximum income from minimal necessary effort (including minimum number of customers) is the primary goal.

Tim Ferris – Author – 4-hour workweek / Tools of Titans / Tribe of Mentors

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Productivity - Eliminate > Automate > Delegate

Eliminate > Automate > Delegate

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Parkinsons Law

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The Right Technique

We often do things the way we were taught, not because it’s the best way to do it. By keeping you mind open to new ideas and a little amount of research, you could be surprised by the vastly superior and more productive techniques that you can discover, that can boost your productivity and efficiency.