Here’s something to consider for you procrastinators out there. Most of us believe in some form of the Pareto Principle as it applies to our work: that 80% of the effort is achieved in the 20% of the time. I know in my own experience, it’s not uncommon for me to produce 80% of a project or report or analysis in what ultimately winds up being 20% of the time. The problem is knocking out that final 20% as quickly as possible.
Here’s a tip.
Whatever you are doing, think of it as having completion cycles – ‘Pareto cycles,’ if you will. Crank one out, and you are 80% there. Set it down. Pick it up again. And crank out another cycle. Again, 80% of the balance done in 20% of the time.
You can see where this is going.
After 2 cycles, you have effectively completed 96% of the original work (0.80 + 0.8 x 0.2) in only 40% of the time. Sounds good, huh? Admittedly, it’s really just playing mind games with yourself, but think about how much more productive – and how many more cycles you can achieve – if you are only slightly effective in fooling yourself a bit in this way.
Give it a try and let me know how it works.