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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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.
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.
Instead of following a to-do list, make a shorter one called "success list". Why make one?
If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.
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.
Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.
Being constantly interrupted by many different tasks isn't going to make you successful, only distracted. So clear away the distractions and put most of your energy on the essentials and create something worthwhile.
Essentialism is not the same as minimalism, which states that "less is more." Essentialism is defined as "Less but better."
It helps you navigate a distracting world by focusing on things that are important to you. If something is not important, you eliminate it.