“Most situations roughly 80% of effects come from only 20% of the causes.” – The Pareto Principle
Now, the principle can be used in any situation; relationships, health and safety, sports, whatever you want! But here were focusing on productivity and your mother fucking TO DO LIST that only seems to keep growing.
Pareto Principle allows you to practice effective prioritization on said “To-Do list”. The 80/20 rule suggests we should focus on the few, larger items that will generate the most significant returns. By concentrating on the big fuckers you won’t be ticking much off your “To-Do list”, but you will gain satisfaction knowing you have done 80% of your workload whilst only ticking 20% off your list.
These techniques may or may not always make sense but the point of the Pareto Principle is to recognize that most things on your “To-Do list” are not distributed evenly, so make decisions on allocating time, resources and effort based on the 80/20 rule. Rather than spending 3 fucking hours to read 3 articles in depth, spend 5 minutes glancing through 12 articles (1 hour) and then spend an hour each on the two best ones (2 hours).
BOOM– Your productivity just got upgraded.