The 80/20 time management technique

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Time management is an important stress-management technique. If you fail to master your time, you will get overwhelmed , stressed and your productivity and efficiency diminish.

Time management helps you to reduce long-term stress by giving you direction when you have too much to do. It also puts you in control of where you are going and makes you more efficient in your use of time. Some simple techniques can result in more effective management of your time.


Time management technique – The 80/20 principle

The 80/20 principle is also known as the Pareto’s principle, after Vilfredo Federico Damaso Pareto who came up with the concept.  The principle implies that 80% of results come from 20% of the actions or efforts.

So what does this mean? So examples of this in everyday life include:

  • 80 percent of sales volume coming from 20 of products in the product line
  • 80 percent of your time could be spent with the same 20% of your friends and family

Pareto’s principle is important for time management as it lets you focus on the most important tasks to spend your time on and to forget the other 80% that aren’t going to make much difference. For example, 80% of your distractions will be coming from 20% of things such as emails, phone calls, unplanned visitors, social media. Once you know this you can work out which ones interrupt you the most and incorporate ways to eliminate these interruptions.

It may be a little difficult at the beginning but you will soon get used to it and you’ll see a rise in your productivity and will be able to better manage time and effort.

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