today’s world, we are constantly striving to improve ourselves. People are struggling to maintain balance in their lives. To declutter worries and suffering, many success mantras are being invented.
Although there are various methods that we can apply for growth, a few of them are found to be universally effective. But, a lot of us aren’t able to differentiate the right principle that works for ourselves. Throughout my research, I found out a few principles and techniques that are applicable to most of us. Here are the principles all you need to know and apply to unlock the secrets for your development.
Techniques We Will Be Covering:
- Pareto Principle
- Pomodoro Technique
- 20-20-20 Rule
- 478 Principle
1. Pareto Principle
Also known as the 80/20 principle, this principle states that 20 percent of the input you give will yield 80 percent of your result. You confront a lot of activities throughout the day. Let’s say you engage in 10 activities. As per this principle, only two of them will be able to create major benefits in your life.
When we spend a lot of time doing our less important tasks, the percentage of achievement for us will turn out to be lower than it should have been. Whereas, emphasizing on the two valuable works could bring higher achievement. Thus, the 80/20 principle helps you to remain focused on the productive things that will have a great impact on you in the long term. To put it, for example, 20 percent of the dress we buy is used almost 80 percent of the time. Likewise, we talk to only 20 percent of our friends most of the time.
Just when this coronavirus pandemic started, I saw an article about this rule. It was from one of the top personal development influencers, Brian Tracy’s article as The 80 20 Rule Explained. The article is about the steps and methods that are efficient to imply the 80 20 rules. Though I was using to-do lists, I wasn’t giving much priority to the tasks that are important for me. After going through this article, I said to myself that this is the perfect time to invest in myself. This article has inspired me to work on a task that is relevant to my growth. Thus, I am able to make my day productive with this simple yet profound technique.
“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
2. Pomodoro Technique
Pomodoro technique is an effective way to keep yourself bound with time in a focused manner. This is an efficient trick that works well to improve your concentration on a particular task. This Italian technique has now gained attention all around the world.
It involves a 25 minute of concentrated work followed with a 5-minute break. Once the technique is followed a few times consecutively, you get to reward yourself with a longer break of around 15 to 20 minutes break. In it, you can take a frequent power walk or listen to music, or whatever you want to do. Isn’t this a cool reward?
Often, internal as well as external distractions might affect your focused mode. So, make sure you are away from all the distractions for just 25 minutes. If an idea comes to your mind other than from what you’re doing, then take a piece of paper to jot it down. Then, switch back to your original task.
This technique has worked well for me. It was really frustrating to not have completed the task even after a couple of hours. As my friend introduced this principle to me, I said I should give a try. It was really joyful when I found myself rewarded with a short minute of breaks. After certain days, I could feel that this technique was helping me switch my attention towards my work.
As I found early success with Pomodoro, I have been implementing this method on most of my days.
I would like to suggest that during your break, don’t even think about your work. Let’s suppose that you are writing an article in a very focused mode. In the short break, you shouldn’t choose to write – including an activity such as texting.
If you have already applied this technique then you might have noticed its huge positive influence. If you haven’t started it yet, then I suggest you not to forget to include this technique in your daily routine.
“One day we will be more creative, more productive, and yet more relaxed.”
3. 20-20-20 Rule
Being a great fan of Robin Sharma who is a profound leader in the field of personal development, I am surprised to unfold lots of treasures from his books.
This principle targets you to be an early bird. The way you utilize your time as you wake up at 5 am reflects the way you will spend your day. The first 20 minutes from 5 am is the time for you to get involved in exercise and workout. The energy level in our body is high right after waking up. When we workout for 20 minutes, it will help to reframe the positive energy on us.
The next 20 minutes is the most essential time for the beginning of your day. You should work on forming the morning routines. You have to form the plan properly as it determines your performance for the whole day. Additionally, keeping a journal and meditating helps to relax us and bring the concentration power into action.
Finally, the remaining 20 minutes is the time to invest in yourself. At this time, you should focus on learning things in your field. You can also grab a book to expand your learning horizons.
It wasn’t easy for me to apply the principle right away after learning from the book. Most of the time, I failed to wake up in time. Besides, even when I was awake I used to scroll my phone. However, this terrific habit got to the end. After several days of struggling to live with the principle, I am happy to say that each day I am growing more than who I was yesterday. It was the motivation I chose to have from a successful person working day and night to improve their lives.
Remember that when the whole world sleeps, the winner works at that time.
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
4. 478 principle
If you can’t sleep at night, then this technique is for you!
I used to be annoyed about not getting to sleep on time. Most of the days, just before bedtime, my tasks used to ring around in my head. As it was bothering me terribly, I couldn’t take a longer stand. So one day, I went on the internet, where I found about the 478 approaches.
478 principle is a breathing technique that provides deep relaxation. First, you have to keep your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Then the method involves breathing in the air from nostrils for 4 seconds and holding the breath for 7 seconds. After that, you have to exhale the air from your mouth for about 8 seconds, creating a whooshing sound.
This will help you to focus on your breathing, which assists you to relax your mind and body. When we are busy doing something, we usually forget about other things. Just that way, when we are implying in this technique we forget about the worries that are very disturbing.
This has been helpful to my friend just as it had been to me. He mentioned how it was dreadful for him not being able to sleep properly. His busy days had been daring at night. However, he is very delighted to see this technique working for him. While focusing your attention only on your breathing, other worries disappear. This helps to calm turmoil in your brain. For me, I don’t even take 5 minutes to fall asleep. I find it the perfect way to relieve myself and strive to know about me.