society seemed to divide
naturally into what he called the “vital few,” the top 20% in terms of
money and influence,
and the “trivial many,” the bottom 80%.
one or two of those tasks
will contribute five or ten times the value as any of the others.
Can you guess on which items the average person is most likely to
>The sad fact is that most people procrastinate on the
top ten or twenty percent of items that are the most valuable and
important, the “vital few.”
>They busy themselves instead with the least important 80%, the “trivial many” that contribute very little to results.
What are people busy with ?
You often see people who appear to be busy all day long but they
seem to accomplish very little. This is almost always because they are
busy doing things that are of low value while they procrastinate on the
one or two Most important activities
You must adamantly refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80% while you still
have tasks in the top 20% left to be done.
Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top
20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?”
Rule: “Resist the temptation to clear up small ,unimportant and easiest things first.”
1.Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work.
2. Resolve today that you are going to spend more and more of your
time working in those few areas that can really make a difference in
you life and career, and less and less time on lower value activities.