The 80/20 Rule Revisited!

When I committed to start AND finish the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I realized that one of the keys to my success would be to use the 80/20 rule.  (Wondering what I’m talking about?  Click here!)  But, there are many, many, many ways to apply Pareto’s Principal (also known as the 80/20 Rule).  In this YouTube video, Brian Tracy explains how using the 80/20 rule can help you focus on what is really important on your to-do list.


When you look at your task list –

  • Do you find yourself trying to cross off as many items as possible (which usually means you are doing the ‘quick’ tasks first)?
  • Or do you find that you are looking for the one or two tasks that will create the most value and momentum in your business – regardless of how long the task is?

Many times, when we try to cross off a number of tasks in one day, we can fill our day with quick (and many times unimportant) tasks.  Have you ever said, “I worked all day long and don’t feel like I accomplished anything of value!”  This may be because you are spending time on unimportant (but quick to finish!) tasks!

The trick is to reverse this process.  Pick the top two most important items on your list – the two items that will make the biggest impact in your business.  (Brian Tracy calls this Eating the Frog.)  Now, complete these action steps first.  Work on your priorities – this is how you will move forward in your personal and business development.

What can you do first tomorrow?  Possibly, what have you been putting off?  (Most of us put off eating live frogs as long as possible!)  Please post your comments below!  I’d love to hear!


(Image credit Salvatore Vuono’)