(SELF-)LEADERSHIP

60-20-20 Rule

It’s a fast-paced world we’re living in, but if all we ever do is run, we’re sure to burn out. Here’s a strategy for maintaining balance – and boosting productivity at the same time. Win-win.
Goals
  • Boosting productivity
  • Maintaining balance
  • Reaping passive insights
Tool themes
  • Productivity
  • Time management
  • Well-being

Doing less to accomplish more

It may sound like a paradox, but the key to being more productive is doing less.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Google’s 80-20 rule. At PEAK, we take it one step further and design our week according to the 60-20-20 rule. That means 60% of our time is dedicated to actively working with clients, holding workshops, giving coaching sessions and general project management. The next 20% goes to reflection and conceptualization. And the final 20% is left open for things that come up spontaneously – a short-notice request, for example, or a project where some additional input might be required.

Reserving time for reflection and spontaneous activities may seem unproductive at first. But just because you’re not generating tangible outcomes during those periods, or generating sales, doesn’t mean that time is wasted. Far from it! Slowing down to reflect enables us to innovate and create better experiences for our future clients. When we take a pause from being actively “busy,” we are giving our minds the bandwidth to make connections, notice valuable insights and produce exciting ideas. In fact, PEAK founder Ole Tillmann recently published a book, Agile Presentation Design, which could only have come about because of his dedication to the 60-20-20 schedule.  

To fully reap the benefits of this system, block out segments of your weekly agenda for reflection and spontaneity – and stick to them.

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