80 / 20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 rule of time management says that in any undertaking 20% of the activity will produce 80% of the results. For example, a good salesman knows 20% of his clients will produce 80% of his sales, while the remaining 80% of clients produce only 20% of sales.

In the church world 20% of the people take 80% of the pastor’s time

20% of the people give 80% of the money

while another 20% will do 80% of the work.

at church picnics 20% of the people eat 80% of the food.

Well, that one might be a little off, but you get the idea.

To be an effective Christian, identify the 20% of today’s tasks that will most advance God’s kingdom. Then focus on accomplishing these high payoff activities. If we do those top 20% and nothing more, we can end our day with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, knowing we’ve redeemed the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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