In grade three I broke a very important rule: I skipped a day of school. In my defense, I didn’t realize attendance was mandatory. I also didn’t go hang out in the mall. Being the rebel I was, my friend and I spent the day at a house she was house-sitting… and cleaned it. Yes, I was wild, even back then.
Now that I’m an adult, I appreciate how rules prevent chaos and provide structure in the world.
That’s when I thought of you.
Are you a rule follower?
What if I told you about three rules that will change the way you work for the better? They will help you work smarter, get more done and feel less stress.
1. Work Smarter with the Pareto Principle. Also, known as the 80/20 rule, it says that 80 per cent of your results come from 20 per cent of your efforts. Hone in on your tasks that will make significant progress on a project. Delegate the busy work or put it farther down your To Do list.
2. Get more done with Parkinson’s Law. This rule says that work expands to fit the amount of time you have. If you give yourself a full day to write an article, it will take a full day. Instead, give yourself a deadline to achieve a task. Set a timer or tell someone when to expect it. Deadlines and people are what will hold you accountable. Tweet that!
3. Less Stress with Murphy’s Law. This rule says if something can go wrong it will. Take a few minutes to consider what obstacles might present themselves, determine how you will overcome them and have a back up plan in place.
The school eventually called my Mom to inquire about my absence. Although she was mad I skipped and broke the rules, she did have a good chuckle about it. Her advice to me was this: the next time I get the urge to skip school, I should clean my own house!