How to do 80% less stuff
a simple exercise in managing drama
ME: Did I talk to you about Pareto?
OTHER HUMAN: No don’t think so
OTHER HUMAN: I know it — what about it?
ME: So 80% of your work is tedious bullshit dressed up as drama and the 20% is the difference you make, the 20% is the important stuff.
OTHER HUMAN: It feels like less than 20%.
ME: So make a list (or a spreadsheet). In column one write 80. In column two write 20. List the things that are tedious dramatic bullshit in column 1. List the difference making things in column 2. Systematically say fuck off to column 1.