Using the 80/20 Rule to Save Time and Energy

Save yourself time and energy, Cultivate the Top 20%


You’ve heard the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of your people do eighty percent of the work, and there are countless other examples.

The way you can put the 80/20 rule to work for you is to remember that all team members won’t be shining stars, nor do they need to be. And as focused and ambitious as you may be yourself, not everyone has your drive.

You can be sure you’re directing your time, effort, and energy in its best place if you make sure you identify the top 20% who have the talent, drive, and interest in taking on more challenges.

Once you find them, foster their talent and let them shine. They will knock your socks off with what they can do for your team.

And remember that your greatest resource isn’t your time, but your energy.

Each day, you’re faced with innumerable opportunities to solve other people’s problems, obsess, procrastinate, and in general, goof off.

It’s easy to do any of these. We know, because we’ve done them all.  To make sure you stay on track and do what matters most in the course of a day, you need to do a couple of things.

First, know what you want to accomplish that day, and second ask yourself what I call “the ultimate question.” Throughout the day, whenever the phone rings, ask yourself, “At this moment, was I involved in a high-yield activity?”

High-yield activities are only those that get you closer to your goals.  Only you know the answer to this question. Be honest. Often at first, you will find the answer will be “No, that wasn’t a high-yield activity.” Not a problem, simply decide if you’d like to correct your course, and if you would, do so immediately.


College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link
Crystal Jonas Bio

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Crystal Jonas knows what it takes to make college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call Crystal at 719- 291-0366.


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