How to Savor Your Time
Are you wasting time trying to finish the tasks on your endless to-do list? Try Karen Salmansohn's five tips to live a more mindful life.
By Karen Salmansohn
Original Content | November 12, 2000
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Make a 'What Matters Most' To-Do List
Edit down your to-do list to a "what matters most" to-do list by tapping into The Pareto Principle, an 80/20 rule which says 20 percent of your habits and effort leads to 80 percent of results and enjoyment.
The Pareto Principle applies to so many things! For example:
Every time you look at your to-do list of responsibilities, consciously ask yourself which ones are in fact your 80-percent "irresponsibilites." Then, take some time to write out your "Top 10 What Matters Most to Do in Life" list, and keep this in your wallet to look at regularly. This list should include: spend more time with loved ones, do signature strengths, speak truthfully, give generously. (A hint for where to edit your 80-percent factor: According to a 2007 study, the average person spent two and a half to four hours a day watching TV—the equivalent of a part time job. Yikes!)
- 20% of criminals account for 80% of crime
- 20% of motorists account for 80% of accidents
- 20% of beer drinkers drink 80% of the beer
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