Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. The 80/20 rule is that 80% of the value comes from 20% of the effort. If we combine these two theories and only do the 20% that is most beneficial and we set a short timeframe (like today) we should be able to get what we want. So, what is the problem?
The laws are not the problem, what we want is. Decision is something that we all think we know, but most people can’t decide. I would like to be fit, but I have not decided to be fit. I would like to be very organized, but I have not decided to be organized. I believe that anyone, me, you or the bum living on the street could be wealthy if they decided to be. Oprah was pregnant at 14 with no silver spoon, you know how that story ended.
Why is decision so hard? Goals are easy to make, but the habits to achieve those goals are hard to solidify. Here is what I have learned. Set a clear goal. Don’t say “I want to be rich”, say “I will have $1 million in the bank in 10 years.” Then make action steps that turn into habits. $1 million divided by 10 years is $100,000 a year. $100,000 a year is $274 a day. What can you do to make $274 today? Repeat that 3650 times and you have $1 million. The same is true for being healthy. Eat the right food and exercise. But most people will see this as too hard or they are too busy or I will wait until tomorrow to do it. These excuses become habits as well as doing the task will become a habit. Make good habits.
What will you decide?