Set yourself up to succeed. Here are three straightforward techniques to do so.
- Pareto’s principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. Spend your time on the vital few. Around his time, economist Vilfredo Pareto conducted a study showing that 20% of the Italian population controlled 80% of the land. Over the years, business and natural phenomena were observed to follow this pattern. 20% of the output comes from 80% of the input while 80% of the output springs from 20% of the input. For example, 80% of the sales are generated by 20% of the salespeople.
- Pomodoro technique. Try it for 25 minutes, even if you don’t feel like it (yet). This technique hails from the use of a timer that looks like a tomato. Hence the name pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato. The intervals chunk the task into productive work sprints, instead of dragged marathons.
- Three things today. Accomplish three objectives in one day and you move three steps closer towards your goal. That’s over a thousand steps closer in a year.