Category Archives: Life Axioms

Lack of Time Equals Lack of Priorities

“Being busy is a form of laziness-lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” -unknown

The 9-5 Illusion

There was some sort of tradition created in which made employees seem to need 8 hours a workday, usually from 9:00 AM. to 5:00 P.M., to accomplish their jobs and tasks. Often there is no incentive to use that time well. So, what do most people do? Since they’re stuck in that position for that amount of time, they are compelled to create activities to fill that time. In result, time is wasted because of the abundance of it. It is an age-old tradition in the work culture and has become one of those challenging habits to break. Think about it, how in the world does everyone need exactly 8 hours to accomplish their work?

Parkinson’s Law

You have an 8-hour workday, you fill those 8 hours. You get a 12-hour workday, you fill those 12 hours with “stuff” to do. Now, you forgot that you had to pick up your kids at 2:00 P.M. and it’s already 12:00 P.M. You miraculously complete all your work that is due that day within those 2 hours.

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The 80/20 Rule: Not Just About Smarts and Looks

The Axiom

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1823) was an economist who explored the “law” of income distribution which is to be known as “Pareto’s Law,” “Pareto’s Distribution,” and recently became popularly known as the “80/20 Principle.”

The mathematical formula he used was to demonstrate a predictable distribution of wealth in society-80% of the wealth and income was produced or possessed by 20% of the population. This principle was also applied outside of economics also. Some examples are:

80% of peas are produced by 20% of the pea pods.

80% of the consequences flow from 20% of the causes.

80% of the stock market gains are realized by 20% of the investors.

The list is infinite when relating this principle to the world. You can see it in a large picture in an economic structure or in a business where 80% of profits come from 20% of the products and customers. On a small personal level, you can see it in your production where 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort and time.  Continue reading