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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 30

February 12, 2010

Apply the 80/20 Rule


Scripture to Memorize:

She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindles with her fingers.
Proverbs 31:18-19


Passage to Read: Proverbs 17:24 Today’s passage is about a discerning man (or woman in our case). Are you keeping wisdom in view or are you allowing your eyes to wander to the ends of the earth?

Guided Prayer:

Ask God to help you become more discerning, to live each day with wisdom in view. Confess how often you take your eyes off the prize, how often you allow your heart to wander. Do you get distracted — confess that too. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to fix your eyes on Jesus, to stay on task and on target today and every day.

Personal Observation:

What is the 80/20 rule? The 80/20 rule is also known as the Pareto Principal after the Italian economist who observed the practice. This practice is as follows: 20 percent of salespeople produce 80 percent of the sales results; 20 percent of customers generate 80 percent of the business income. To look at it in our homes: you watch 20 percent of your television channels 80 percent of the time; you make 20 percent of the recipes in your cookbook(s) 80 percent of the time.

To make this rule work for you focus on the 20 percent of activities that will yield the 80 percent return. In other words, don’t be a perfectionist. (oops, this shouted out to me — I’ve been told I have perfectionistic tendencies.) Review your To Do List (Daily Page) every day and put a * by the two items that will yield the 80 percent return on your time investment. Do these tasks first. Do not allow yourself to work on anything other than the items with an asterisk until you have complete those two.

Think of ways you can incorporate the 80/20 rule in the rest of your life.

Practical Application:

Begin implementing the 80/20 rule in your life.

Notebook: Begin distinguishing between the 80 and the 20 on your DAILY PAGE (To Do List). Put an asterisk next to the two most important items and do not work on anything else until those two are completed.

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