We have looked at the 80/20 Rule, or the Pareto Principle, many times in our posts and for a variety of topics. The Pareto Principle basically touches everything we do.
This post covers our High Value Activities, or HVAs. These are the daily, weekly, monthly activities that are going to make your goals, dreams, ideas, and results come alive! 80% of our success comes from 20% of our activities. Yes, you heard that right. A mere 20% of our activities fuel our success. The remainder of our time we are working on Low Value Activities that can be very exhausting. They are the routines and ruts that we find ourselves in that many times can be eliminated or delegated.
In our next post we will look at ways to move closer to our High Value Activities.
“Are we doing things right or are we doing the right things?” Judy Bell
The story is told of a depressed woman who jumped from a bridge into the river below. Without hesitation, a man who witnessed the act jumped in to save her. But “the hero” suddenly remembered that he couldn’t swim. Soon he began yelling for help and thrashing around, which would likely mean instant death for both.
Hearing the man’s cries, the depressed woman swam to his rescue, carried him out of the water, and administered CPR…thus saving his life.
“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
….“`Cheshire Puss,’ [Alice] began, rather timidly, as she did not at all
know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little
wider. `Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on.
`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
`–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
`Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, `if you only walk long
You must have a lot of confidence to be around a cat! And what good advice he gives Alice! What the Cheshire Cat is trying to tell her is that she must decide where she wants to go before she can choose a path in getting there. Think about it…
A great self-leadership lesson from the famous children’s story.
Three Important Steps
As we looked at in a previous blog– setting your goals by first determining your values—and writing them down are important first steps in goal-setting and achievement. Here are three more important steps to achieving your goals.
If you haven’t already defined your goals for 2011, time is running out. Remember… you cannot hit a target that you don’t have!
Rather than look only at the traditional SMART goals, take it a few steps further.
First… determine your core values and what is important to you. Instead of re-listing the same goals as you have each year, determine what areas of your life really need focus and improvement.
“Before we can have a successful relationship with anyone, we first need a perfect personal relationship.” – Russ Von Hoelscher
Well, perhaps not perfection since it does not exist! But it is necessary to have a successful relationship with yourself before you can extend that to others.
Do your relationships bring you stress? Being aware of the problem is the beginning of finding the solution.
What one job do Executive Coaches perform that their clients feel bring them the most value? Accountability!
Executives and business owners lead very busy lives on many levels. There are business, social, civic, as well as family responsibilities that keep them constantly on the run.
Doesn’t it seem that some people appear to have more time than others? Or maybe they just use their time more wisely. Either way, we all have the same 24 hours in each day, of which, we are only awake and active 18 hours or less.
An Executive Coach will:
- Teach you how to move from inertia to action
- Make sure you have specific, meaningful, and targeted goals
- Ask you about the deadlines and timeframes for these goals
- Hold you accountable for reviewing, revising, and reaching goals
- Teach you how to move from inertia to action to accountability
Let us help get you or your management team focused on winning results. Let us help you reach and celebrate success! Call 901-757-4434.
Here is a Productivity Tip for everyone. If you want to increase your productivity everyday, then make a to-do list everyday. This is not some type of rocket science theory or ivory tower concept. It is a practical approach to getting more done.
It’s time for a true confession. If I don’t have a priority list of to-do’s or things to do or what ever you want to call it – then time is wasted. There I admit it – I can waste time just like everyone else. The key for me is to have a clear list of things to accomplish the next day – before I go to bed at night.
Yes, it is the middle of the year, the beginning of July indicts we have made the middle of the calendar year. Are you making the half-time adjustments to your goals and annual plans?
Just like the best football teams in the country, making half-time adjustments is a key skill that makes great coaches – well, great! If a coach did not adjust to what was happening on the field of play during the halftime, then two things would happen.
- The opponent would make changes in their game plan to take advantages of the weaknesses they found in the first half and exploit these areas to their advantage.
- The team would not be in a position to improve their position in the game.
Okay, so we are not talking about a football game in the middle of the year, however, we should be talking about your goals or your team’s goals (assuming you use a calendar year rather than a fiscal year.). Your personal goals are definitely on a calendar year – so it is time to review your progress.
Here is the process for reviewing your goals using a half-time adjustment review: