Be more selective when it comes to decision-making.
Being selective will help ensure you spend your time on productive efforts that will lead to success.
- Apply the 90% rule to your life.
The 90% rule refers to only making a decision about something if it scores in the top 90% for your requirements. For example, if you are conducting job interviews, you can apply the 90% rule and only hire interviewees who rate as a 9 or above on a scale of 1–10.
- Before you make a decision, ask yourself, “Is this exactly what I am looking for?”
If the answer isn’t a definite yes, it should be considered a no.
- Create a criteria checklist to evaluate all opportunities that come your way.
First, write down a list of three minimum criteria the opportunity will need to be considered. Then, write down a list of three extreme criteria the opportunity would ideally meet. If the opportunity passes two of the three extreme criteria, say yes to it.
- Start saying “no” more!
When faced with a list of competing priorities, eliminate the less important ones from your list before starting on the most important ones.
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