Pareto principle

"Quite often, I d0n't ask myself whether I do things well, but whether I do things sufficiently well."

That sentence came to my mind yesterday afternoon, and I took a note, writing it down on the pad, for today. Paret0's principle, 80/20 rule: There we go! Doing things sufficiently well can actually mean doing less to gain time and energy for other tasks or opportunities. An example: I spend 80 of my emailing time writing mails that are sales related but are not relevant for more than 20% of sales. I spend 20% of my emailing time for mails that are sales related and are relevant in the context of 80% of my sales. Doing things sufficiently well means: Cut these 80% of mailing time. The same is true for geographic sales, or sales to retailers. Or maybe stop working on a sketch after 20% because you already reached 80%, but of what?, that's the question when it comes to creative projects.

Following strictly the pareto principle and optimizing my creative and business life accordingly, I could do 80% of my sales in 20% of the time I spend these days. The remaining 5-6 days of the week I could actually do whatever I wanted. How fascinating is that? Of course, we all do not work like that. Why? Because the 80% wasted are often the most thrilling and exciting slots in our days; interesting email communications with clients, fascinating twitter distractions and well, ... discussions where we all learn about many things, that are more or less relevant, or more or less amusing.

Still: One of my missions in 2014 is to optimize and adjust. Pareto's principle will be helpful.

Today's sketch was done with Pareto in mind. Enjoy!


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