Do you currently run a blog of your own? What do you spend the majority of your time doing? Do you ever wonder if some of your efforts are a complete waste, while the actions that you keep putting off are entirely essential? Even if you don’t own a blog, there are still events in your life that take up your time. Are they worth it, or are they just a waste of your life as well? I suggest that you major on the majors and minor on the minors.
Managing That Valuable Resource
Have you ever spoken to an old man that’s on his deathbed? He might only have a few days to live, and he’s been reflecting back on his life – trips that he wishes he’d taken, relationships he wishes he’d developed, and words that he’d take back if he could. If this man was given the option to have anything in the world, you know what he’d choose? Time. You may not realize it now, but time is your most valuable resource and you should cherish it every day you’re here on earth. This is why I believe in and practice the 80/20 rule.
What is the 80/20 Rule?
I’m sure everyone has their own definition, but for me, I know that 80% of my efforts yield only 20% of the results, whereas, on the other hand, the other 20% of my efforts result in 80% of my entire work.
I believe that the 80/20 rule relates directly to blogging. One person could spend 40 hours on their blog each week, but hardly yield any more results than the blogger that works on their site for only 20 hours. How can this be? Well, it’s simple really. The 20 hour blogger has discovered which 20% creates 80% of the results. By focusing only on what’s important, they can yield almost the same results as those that are seemingly working 2 or 3 times as hard. The 20-hour blogger chooses to major on the majors, while the 40-hour blogger unknowingly decides to major on the minors.
What is Important When It Comes to Blogging?
If you own and operate a blog, you know that there could be a million things that you could do on any given day, but which ones are the most important? In my eyes, nothing is more important than content. If you do nothing else right, but you have amazing content, you will be a successful blogger. Another major (in my opinion) is the ability to build online relationships. If you keep a tight relationship with your readers, they will without a doubt keep coming back to your site. Respond to every comment, email, and link to your site, and you will do well in the world of blogging.
Leave That 20% Alone
There’s no sense in putting 80% of your work into a project and only seeing a 20% return on those labors. Do your best to spend the least amount of time on these tasks! If, with your blog, you are spending the majority of your time altering your web design, but not finding the time to write articles, guess what? You’re currently putting yourself in a position to yield minor returns from your hours of effort! Are you constantly changing the look and placement of your Adsense box? Sure, it might make you an extra $5 in the end, but in the grand scheme of things, all of your efforts essentially amounted to nothing!
Are you majoring on the majors? Or are you just wasting time on the next worthless project?