Nowadays, many believe in some myths and lies related to productivity. The first myth is that everything has the same importance. False. Many of our activities are unrelated to productivity because they are not as important as others. For example, if a person has a to-do list, they can have a greater sense of accomplishment when they complete that list. But if the list is full of banal things, ending it will not make that person more productive.
Here is the difference between people who do things and those who do not. While those who don't do everything they believe to be important, those who do it use a different tactic. They have a definite goal ahead of them and a clear sense of priority over what they want to do and where they want to be. So instead of having a long to-do list, they focus on a short list of things that must be done. When you concentrate on real priorities, and always work toward a goal, you can accomplish much more.
For example, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in the 19th century, developed the famous 80/20 principle. According to their calculations, 20% of the population owned 80% of the land. A General Motors executive in 1930, Joseph Juran, described this principle as "the vital few and the many trivial." The most valuable lesson about this principle is that you should focus on just one thing.
According to author Richard Koch, the 80/20 Principle has always been one of the most valuable guides of his career and went further by implementing the Pareto rule. He said that if you take 20% of the 20% of the 20%, and keep doing it, you will soon reach the most important point. We must begin with that which is in front of us and progressively cut off things that are less important to reach our goal until we finally reach the most important issue. This "The one thing" that we should pay more attention.