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To Get Better Results, Do Less But Do It Better

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To Get Better Results, Do Less But Do It Better
To get better results, do less but do it better. Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, emails, notifications, meetings, multitasking in the process, never pausing and never ending. Pursuing more and more every day. Information overload is killing our brains.

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Living the 80/20 Life

The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, states that we need to focus on the few things that get us the most benefit.

For a lot of events, approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So pick the 20% of your tasks that yield 80% of the results and outsource or simply discontinue the rest.

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The Power of Choice

Having the ability to choose is a power. It allows you to make deliberate choices. It allows us to go where we want to go. and most especially, it prevents us to be controlled by what other people want.

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Less is More

Distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many and eliminate the nonessential.

When you are doing too much at a time, you are constantly switching from one task to another, constantly interrupted, constantly distracted. Do less, clear away distractions, single-task, and get more done.

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Success List

Instead of following a to-do list, make a shorter one called "success list". Why make one?

  • It aims you in a specific direction
  • It is an organized directive.

If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

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The Most Important Tasks (MITs)

The Most Important Tasks (MITs)

Choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on gettting them done within a specific time.

If you add more than three, and you might not get them all done. By limiting yourself to a small number of things, you force yourself to focus only on the essential.

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Focus On The Few Things Give Most Benefits

The Pareto Principle is also known as the 80-20 Principle and it mainly revolves around the idea that we should focus on the few things that give you the most benefit.

For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on getting them done within a specific time. By restricting yourself to a small number of things, you force yourself to focus only on the essential.

The To-Do List Vs The Success List

A success list is a short, well-kept list that aims to lead us in a specific direction in an organized manner. If a list isn't built around success, then success is not where it takes you.

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. And if your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.

Copying successful people

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Maximize every moment

Working well is not about maximizing every waking moment of the day, in order to get more done. And the focus on maximizing time may actually diminish our creativity.

Instead, try identifying and focusing on the few hours of the day you are most productive.

Setting Big Goals

To achieve sustainable productivity habits, it’s best to build up with easily achievable tasks.

Small chunks of accomplishment will amount to something big eventually.

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Oliver Emberton
"The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency."

Oliver Emberton

Important vs. urgent tasks

  • Important tasks are things that contribute to your long-term mission, values, and goals.
  • Urgent tasks are tasks that have to be dealt with immediately: phone calls, urgent deadlines, and situations where you have to respond quickly.

Sometimes important tasks stare you right in the face, but you neglect them and respond to urgent but unimportant things.

Don't be available all the time

Time, not money, is your most valuable asset. Invest your asset:

  • Allocate time to each task you need to get done every day. 
  • Each task of the day should be attainable, realistic, and time-bound. And it should advance your goals for the day, week or month.
  • Don't get distracted by everything others expect you to do.