Tip #3 Use the 80-20 Rule.
The rule 80/20 is aimed to find certain activities in your daily life to reach success. We perform many tasks every day, however not all of them can lead to good results. Because of that one can feel anxious and stressed out. By sorting out what activities are the most effective you can be more productive.
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The 80/20 rule is also known as the Pareto Principle. The definition states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
80% of what we achieve is a direct result of the 20% of the actions we take. There are a small number of certain activities you do every day which are creating most of your happiness (or unhappiness) and most of your results (whether they are good or bad). Here are some examples:
- 20% of what you spend your time on doing gives you 80% of your happiness.
- You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.
- 20% of the people you know stands for 80% of how happy you are with your social life.
So how does this apply to your studies? 20% of the studying you are doing is leading to the majority of your results. When it comes to exams, because of the limited time they have to test your knowledge on a subject –you will be tested on the most important ideas of the course, which tends to be about 20% of the material they teach. The key is to focus 80% of your time studying the core content that is going to be on your exam. The hardest thing is eliminating things that are less important.
Anyone can use the 80-20 rule to find out where to spend their time. If you're unsure of what activities are in your 20%, you should do a time audit or use a time tracking tool as this will give a better indication what activities are having the greatest impact and taking up the most time.