I was interested to read this book because I’ve heard 80/20 beat to death in almost every aspect of life (80/20 clean eating, 80/20 exercise, 80/20 at work, on and on) and was curious what I else I could take away from reading a book about it.
The author claims that 80% of our success stems from 20% of our efforts. Interesting!
80/20 rule is not time management, it is time revolution. Time management is how to organize your time more effectively. Time revolution is about our use of time being the enemy. We only make good use of 20% of our time. For the procrastinators in the crowd…you really only use the last 20% of your time to complete a project, right?…so why not cut deadlines in half (or more) since you’re not using 80% of the time for completion anyway?
Find the 20% of your time that gives you 80% of your results, happiness, achievements, etc. Do the same for the 80% that causes unhappiness, doesn’t give results or achievements. Act on the 20% and find ways to get rid of the 80%. He elaborates on this a bit more in the book.
The author’s research showed that for most people 80% of our happiness occurs during 20% of our time. That’s brutal! This was by far my favourite part of the book. He proposes these 7 habits of happiness:
1. Exercise. MAKE TIME FOR IT!
2. Mental stimulation. Crossword puzzles, talking with a friend, journalling, anything that requires active thought.
3. Spiritual/artistic stimulation/meditation. At least ½ hour food for the imagination or spirit. Yoga, a concert, art gallery, watching the sunrise/sunset, meditation.
4. Doing a good deed. A random act of kindness.
5. Talking a pleasure break with a friend. Cup of coffee or a walk with a friend.
6. Giving yourself a treat. Write a list of pleasures that you could indulge yourself and try to cross off one a day.
7. Congratulate yourself. Try to accomplish 5 of these a day and congratulate yourself!
And these 7 shortcuts to a happy life:
1. Maximize your control.
2. Set attainable goals. Challenging but not too difficult.
3. Be flexible. Accept what you cannot control
4. Have a close relationship with your partner.
5. Have a few happy friends that you have close relationships with.
6. Have a few close professional alliances. People who you will go out of your way to support and vice versa.
7. Evolve your idea lifestyle. A balance between work/home/social life.
There were some interesting parts to this book, but I honestly found myself skimming through it as I found it a bit repetitive and the studies he references kind of boring. I still think it is worth a read….especially for decision makers in a company, anyone self-employed, people in marketing careers, or for anyone feeling like they can never get ahead in their work. None of those really apply to me, so likely why this wasn’t my favourite book!