Do you know the 10/90 Rule? If not, you are unnecessarily wasting a lot of time. Continue reading to find out how this rule makes you more efficient.
The 10/90 Rule states that the first 10% of time used to plan your work can save you 90% of the execution time once you start.
1 min of planning can save you 10 mins of execution time; this will help you improve your “return on energy”. By setting aside 10-12 mins for planning, you can save 2 hours of execution the next day.
Every night, list down all the items you must complete the next day. Allow your subconscious mind to work on the list while you sleep, so you can wake up with new ideas on how to achieve them.
Use different lists, including a master list (of all the possible tasks you must do at some point), a monthly, weekly and a daily list.
Tick off the items as you complete them, to motivate and energize yourself on your progress.
This story is about three fish:
3 fish lived in a pond. One was named “Plan ahead” another was “Think fast” and the third was called “Wait and see”. One day they heard a fisherman say he would be going to cast his net in their pond the next day.
“Plan ahead” said,” I am swimming down the river tonight”.
“Think fast” said, “I am sure I will come up with a plan”.
“Wait and See” lazily said,” I just can’t think about it now”.
When the fisherman cast his nets, “Plan ahead” was able to escape from his nets. But “Think fast” and “Wait and see” were caught by the fisherman.
“Think fast” quickly rolled his belly up and pretended to be dead. “Oh, this fish is no good!” said the fisherman and threw him safely back into the water. However, “Wait and see” ended up in the fish market.
That is why people say, “In times of danger, when the net is cast, plan ahead or plan to think fast!”
Your mind, your ability to think, plan and decide, is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination.
CHALLENGE – Starting today, plan out each day, week and month in advance. Work from prioritized lists, starting with what you must do in the next 24 hours.