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The Pareto Rule and You

I know, we’ve all read the Pareto Rule, nodded our heads in agreement, and then put our noses on the grindstone and continued to do what we’ve always been doing. <shakes head sadly>

As executives and project managers, our jobs are to get work done through other people. If you’re really good at that, you spend a lot of your time talking with people. Motivating, learning, begging, pleading, etc. You find that the only time you have left to actually manage the project, or the department, is after everyone else leaves work for the day.

Would you like to find out how to change the way that you work in order to get more done and have more time for yourself? Then revisit the Pareto Rule. Eighty percent of your success comes from twenty percent of your work. If you can identify that twenty percent, how much more successful could you be by spending all of your time on it?

A copywriter named Gary Bencivenga – one of the most successful in the world – has an article about this very thing. As usual, I can’t think of a better way to put it than Gary does.

There are two things that he mentions in his article that are near and dear to my heart – having a NOT-TO-DO list and managing your time by prioritizing your activities.

Here’s the link to Gary’s article:

He’s planning a follow-up article on this subject and I’ll let you know when it’s published.


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