When applied to the To Do list, it means that 80 percent of the value of the daily list comes from only 20 percent of the items on it. In other words, if you have 10 items on your list, you could focus on only two tasks and get the vast majority of success just from those two activities – while crossing off the other 8 items entirely.
2. Delegate: So what do you do with the 80% of the tasks that you have crossed off your list? Does Tony Hseih answer his own phones or deal with customer returns? Does Steve Jobs ring up iPad customers? Of course not, they have employees to do those things while they attend to more important things. You may think that you can’t afford to hire someone, and it’s a well worn cliche, but you can’t afford not to. If a business isn’t moving forward at a fast clip, it stagnates and slips backward. Hire someone just five to ten hours a week for a few months and you’ll wonder why the heck you didn’t do it sooner.