Book 2.6 -Show Him the Money
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
“So what you are trying to say is…”
“That eighty percent of what you are doing is a waste of time.”
“But everything I am doing is important!!!”
“No,” Frank said. “The fact is that eighty percent of what you are doing is a waste of time.”
“But everything I am doing is so urgent and demanding!!!”
“No, the fact is that eighty percent of what you are doing is a waste of time.”
“But every day I go from crisis to crisis!!!”
“No, the crisis is that eighty percent of what you are doing is a waste of time.”
“But I am so busy!!!”
“Yes, you are busy. No doubt about it. But the fact is that eighty percent of what you are busy with is a waste of time.”
“And if you are so busy wasting your time,” Bill said, “all you have to do is to cut out the bad investments and you won’t be so busy.”
“To put it in the positive,” Angel said, “you won’t be so busy if you focus primarily on the vital twenty percent.”
“But … but … but …”
“Sorry,” Frank said. “It’s a reality. In real life, the percentages may not be exactly 80/20. For some people, the ratio might be 90/10, for others 60/40. But it is a fact of life that some tasks are more valuable than others. The real problem you have, however, is not so obvious. Can you guess what it is?”
“Everything I do seems equally important!”
“But it demonstrably is not equally important. So what’s the problem?”
“I can’t tell the difference?”
“That’s your problem. And mine.”
“And mine,” Angel said.
“And mine,” Bill said.
“And if you don’t learn to tell the difference, what happens? You get too busy?”
“Until you crash,” Frank said.
“Until you hit bottom,” Bill said.
“Until you come face to face with reality,” Angel said.
“But how can you tell the difference?”
They only smiled at him. “It only takes a minute!” they chorused together.
“OK,” he smiled. “I have a minute.”
“No, it’s not that easy,” Frank said. “Teaching the first concept takes more than a minute. It’s only a minute to put it into practice.”
“The first concept?” the minister asked.
“There are three basic concepts in the One Minute system for personal, spiritual renewal,” Frank said. “When we change what we do with our time, we change the results we get.”
Angel smiled. “I’m usually the one that gets to teach the first concept. Can you meet me for breakfast tomorrow?”
“I’m usually in my office in the mornings…”
She pointed to the dollar bills. “Which one is the vital twenty percent here? Learning a life changing concept or sticking with your old routine?”
“OK, OK, breakfast it is.”
“And you’ll be staying with Carol and me tonight,” Frank said. “I’ve already called your wife.”
“OK,” he yielded. No late night channel zapping tonight, he thought glumly. I wonder who thought of that – Frank or my wife?
QUESTIONS FOR MEDITATION, JOURNALING OR GROUP DISCUSSION:
“Eighty percent of what you were doing a waste of time…” –
Would you agree that this is a valid application of the Pareto Principle?
Would you agree 80 percent of your roles and responsibilities are unprofitable?
Would you agree with the idea that you won’t be so busy if you focus primarily on the Vital 20 percent?
Would you agree that you may have a problem telling the difference between the Vital 20% and the “not so important” 80 percent Remainder?
Would you agree that, if you change what you do with your time, you will change the results you get?