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80/20 Approach to Time Management

“There is…no point in seeking marginal improvements in how we spend our time. We need to go back to the drawing board and overturn all our assumptions about time…There is no shortage of time. In fact, we are positively awash with it…And for the most talented individuals, it is often tiny amounts of time that make all the difference…The 80/20 Principle treats time as a friend, not an enemy…It is not shortage of time that should worry us, but the tendency for the majority of time to be spent in low-quality ways. Speeding up or being more ‘efficient’ with our use of time will not help us; indeed, such ways of thinking are more the problem than the solution.” (p. 149)

80/20 Time Heresy

“The 80/20 Principle overturns conventional wisdom about time. The implications of 80/20 time analysis are quite different and, to those suffering from the conventional view of time, startlingly liberating…We need to go back to the drawing board and overturn all our assumptions about time. There is no shortage of time. In fact, we are positively awash with it. We only make good use of 20 percent of our time. And for the most talented individuals, it is often tiny amounts of time that make all the difference…The 80/20 Principle treats time as a friend, not an enemy…The 80/20 Principle says that we should act less. Action drives out thought. It is because we have so much time that we squander it. The most productive time on a project is usually the last 20 percent, simply because the work has to be completed before a deadline. Productivity on most projects could be doubled simply by halving the amount of time for their completion.” (pp. 148-149)