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Fast Isn’t Always Best

Often, frantic motion is confused with constructive action.  Yes, you’re busy, but what are you really doing?  Working faster isn’t necessarily better.  In fact, the faster you work, the more you leave yourself open to errors. The key is not working faster; the key is working on the right things. You do this by using the 80/20 Rule or Pareto Principle. 

The 80/20 Rule says that most of your results come from a small portion of your actual work. If you spend too much time and energy doing things that are not very important, you cannot be positively productive, even if you are working as fast as you can!  

Which activities support your highest priorities and produce the greatest results? Focus your energy on those activities. See my blog post What Are Your Three Top Priorities? for some tips on choosing your top three priorities for the day. They represent the best use of your time and ensure the Pareto Principle works for you!