“Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?”
― Brian Tracy
I would say that 80 percent of what we do are make work projects; something to keep us busy. Very little of what we do truly matters.
We spend way too much time doing the wrong stuff. Pick an activity that you are doing and think about what would happen if it didn’t get done.
It’s all about the payoff. What’s your return on investment? What do you get out of what you do? Should you take that course? Should you paint the bathroom? Should you have that argument? Some things are obvious and should be done. Education is always a good idea, as is exercise, and building goods relationships. Most things are not so obvious so we do it with very little payoff or even negative payoff. It’s not hard to do something that felt like a complete waste of time, or that we come to regret.
It’s a tough call but if you keep in mind the 80 percent of what you do is not worth doing, you will start doing more of the 20 percent that matters.