Recently, I rediscovered Pareto’s principle. Also known as the 80/20 rule, it’s the idea that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. That means that:
- 80% of your discipline problems usually comes from 20% of your students
- 80% of your results as a school come from 20% of your initiatives
- 80% of your students’ key learning come from the best 20% of your class time
So, when you think about it, if only 20% of our effort is responsible for 80% of our results, then that means that 80% of our effort only produces 20% of our results.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those numbers.
So, this year, I am trying to figure out what is my 80/20? What actions are getting me the biggest results?
The idea is that if you can figure out what’s your 20 – what small efforts are getting you the biggest results – then you can spend more time working on things that really matter instead of wasting your time on things that don’t.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately figuring out what’s my 20 and the more time I spend working on my 20, the bigger my results and the lower my stress.
So this week, I want to ask you What’s your 20? What’s the work that is producing the greatest value for you? Where should you be spending your time?
I encourage you to pay attention this week to what you’re doing and determine what’s giving you the biggest bang for your effort?
Let me know in the comments section below.