Spell-check doesn’t believe “prioritization” is a word. It is a word though!
Do you know anyone who always says they’re “busy” and always running around… yet they don’t get anything done?
What’s the point of being busy… if you aren’t getting anything done? I’ve heard people say, “I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time for anything!” And they’re broke and don’t really have anything to show for the time they don’t have.
Let me tell you this. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, me, you, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Ray Higdon… we all have 24 hours in a day. The person who can use those 24 hours most efficiently… is the person who will be successful.
What do most people have to do in a day? Well, here’s a student’s life.
Class, homework, study, sometimes work. Eating is usually spliced with homework/studying. Sometimes a social life is somewhere there, as well as sleeping. Maybe club activities too, internships or whatnot.
The average working-man’s life is something like this:
Work, eat, sleep. Maybe take care of kids, hang out w/ spouse, etc…
There aren’t really many things that people do on a daily basis…
The thing is, most people take forever to do on the things that aren’t limited by time. Like homework: most students will do homework while on Facebook, or study while on Facebook… which greatly reduces the time efficiency! Homework generally takes me 1-2 hours to do. Then after that I would go and do blog things. But I know people who would spend hours doing homework… simply because they aren’t focused.
FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful.
That’s what people need to do. They need to focus their time on one thing at a time.
You know what a laser is? It’s basically concentrated light. You know why it’s so powerful? Because it’s concentrated. I don’t know the exact physics of it (though I will soon! Physics final in two weeks!), but basically it’s so concentrated that it can shoot through things like diamonds.
Same with time. If we can concentrate our time and efforts on one single thing at a time… efficiency will increase. Brian Tracy talks about this a lot.
Also, remember the Pareto Principle, which I will talk about more in-depth in a later post. Essentially, 80% of all your results will come from 20% of all your efforts. 80% of all your sales will come from 20% of your customers. 80% of all your rest comes from merely 20% of your sleep. 80-20.
Look at Farmville: 100% of all of Zynga’s revenus come from 20% of all the players of Farmville. We can probably guess that 20% of Zynga’s revenue go to pay for overhead, so 80% of all of Zynga’s profits come from 20% of all the players. Pretty whack huh?
So focus your time and efforts, and you shall reap the rewards of getting things done in less time. Then you can be less busy and have more time for things that actually matter.