Apply the Pareto Principle to strategy selection. According to the principle, 80% of our actions are daily routines and tasks that we can’t ignore, but they may not move us towards our goals. What matters is selecting the best activities for the 20% of our day that we reserve for strategic action; this 20% of our actions will lead to 80% of our results. As we strive to achieve ambitious annual goals, what is most likely to yield results? We can refer to research evidence and past performance to select amongst the many strategies available, but we will achieve more by selecting a small number of highly promising strategies, and committing 20% of our day to making them Must Haves®.
Source: Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture of Educational Excellence, Studer and Pilcher, Firestarter Publishing, 2015.