Principals often spend too much time on activities that have no value. The Pareto analysis can be applied to time management. This is the idea that 80% of tasks can be completed in 20% of the disposable time. The remaining 20% of tasks will take up 80% of the time. The 80-20-rule can also be applied to increase productivity as it is assumed that 80% of the productivity can be achieved by doing 20% of the tasks. Similarly, 80% of results can be attributed to 20% of activity.
The ‘Eisenhower Method’ stems from a quote attributed to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower: ‘I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.’