The key point here:
The maximization process is called "Productivity". And that is defined as:
The GREATEST RETURN OF VALUE FOR THE TIME AND ENERGY.
PRODUCTIVITY IS VITAL TO LIVING A GREAT LIFE!
Life is about doing that which creates the highest happiness, fulfillment, and life satisfaction.
Productivity is simply the process for getting the most value for your
The two key subparts of productivity are:
I. Time management is an essential tool for higher productivity.
II. Planning is a subpart of time management. It is the most important productivity tool of all, for it is the piece that brings it all together, decides what is most productive to get what one wants, and then maps out how to get it most effectively.
You cannot have a great life without learning how to do these effectively!!!!!!
PERSPECTIVE ON TIME MANAGEMENT
Time is all we have.
We can fritter it away thoughtlessly. We can blow all the great opportunities for more and more happiness.
Or we can target - and limit ourselves to - that which adds the most to our lives.
We can be unaware and leave in our lives that which is a waste of our lives.
Or we can identify that which is a bad strategy, harms us, and/or is useless. And then we can eliminate that from our lives, to make room for that which will create the highest "return" for our time.
And you will be blown away by the huge difference time and productivity management can make in your life.
And, therefore, it is the vital key to creating a great life. For creating it on purpose, without blowing it on wasteful or harmful stuff.
The "80/20 Person" has a simpler but vastly more productive life that is easier, with plenty of time and no stress. He/she has considerable freedom and confidence in life turning out well. And he/she is 10 to 100 times happier than he/she was before becoming an 80/20 person.
Bottomline: It is simply the best way to live.
So, you might ask, do I have enough time to learn to operate that way in life?
You'll see, if you read on, how it is very, very doable.
EXCHANGING WHAT IS WORTH LITTLE FOR WHAT IS WORTH ALOT
If we call what we get out of life "units of value", the goal is to have more units of value in our lives, so that we are more satisfied and more happy. Of course, we reach a certain point where we do not really need more units, as we are already happy enough, but then we are of course willing to experience "bonuses" of more happiness.
Our objective is to at least increase our units of value in the manner below:
USES OF TIME OLD LIFE NEW LIFE
Time Value Time Value
High value uses 5% 10 units 20% 40 units
Medium value uses 20% 5 units 40% 10 units
Low value uses 65% 2 units 40% 1 unit
Harmful uses 10% -5 units 0%
Net Total 12 51
Percentage more value 425%
We will not simply try to be more efficient (get more done in less time) with our time, but we will magnify our benefits by doing those things with the highest payoffs and dropping whatever we can that gets in the way. Life will be at least 4 times as good - I guarantee that will happen if you implement this - and it is entirely doable, with no pie in the sky or miraculous leaps required.
You can only increase efficiency up to a certain limited degree, but you can increase your effectiveness (rate at which results are produced) with virtually no limit. We'll not only be doing things the right way, but we'll be doing the right things.
How can an honest executive make 300 times more than an average worker if he has no more time? He simply chooses to develop skills and abilities that have greater effectiveness (impact) and then applies those to tasks that produce the greatest results. And, if he is an 80/20 person overall, he does this with ease and balance and lots of happiness. [These principles can be used to produce lots of results in one area and yet the person might not produce the most important things in life. Basically, we need to use these principles on our whole life and maximize our happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment in life.]
Productivity is doing the right things with our time - doing what produces the greatest value.
Time management is a subpart of productivity management. However, it is often associated with the mechanics of how to do the details, while productivity is associated with the "principles" application part.
Essentially, you can choose to increase your efficiency (get more of something done in less time) and/or increase your effectiveness (do something that has a greater amount of impact per amount of time and effort spent). Since you can only become efficient up to a certain degree, the larger effect comes from increasing your effectiveness not your efficiency. Indeed, some relatively inefficient people have been marvelously effective in life.
In learning this, or any other area, you must be sure to:
1) Do it systematically rather than randomly (most people live life randomly).
2) Use experts, the higher the better (most people learn from amateurs)
3) Do it to "completion" (finish off the knowledge so that you know enough to be productive)
A) Use immersion (all at once in a concentrated time) where possible.
A QUIKPATH: The person who wants to maximize his time management and productivity would follow a path like this: (If you are interested in improving but not yet ready to maximize, you would review and scan and only go into certain areas in more depth, but would still read the top 1 or 2 books.)
- Learn the 80-20 principle 1st, as it multiplies the results per amount of time
Explains the principle.
Helpful: Review/scan the key parts of the sister website:
- Get a time system that works for you. Confusion and big wastes of time
- Read the three key books recommended in
At this point, having done the above, you'll be relatively proficient.
- All highly productive people set up specific written plans. See Planning
- If one is trying to succeed at anything, one should read the Success section.
- Advanced, further levels:
Advanced thinking results from exposure to the materials at
together and functioning at the very top level!