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Ever heard of something called the 80/20 rule? Does it confuse you too?

I always thought the 80/20 rule applied to non-perfectionists, people who could only survive at tasks by considering 80% a good job, and then receiving mediocre results.

I thought the 20% was noticeable - and especially to perfectionists! So this poor person choosing to end a task at 80% would only further reinforce that he is inadequate.

But that sounds harsh (my critic talking). Turns out that anyone can attempt to figure this 80/20 thing out. And surprisingly, it may still be a success, or great idea or better - the start of something bigger.

With discipline, and I'm still learning this lesson too, achieving 80% is a worthwhile goal. Expending energy on overachieving can be unnecessary.

Know your audience
Ingrained in me during college, my professional writing courses in Journalism taught me to know and understand my audience. No book, article or to do list is written without a target audience. Yes, there may be general writings such as the front page of USA Today, but most of us have more specific messages than that.

As with the 80/20 rule, it may help to know when your audience would consider your work complete. What would they think is 80%?

Messaging is oh so very relevant to your audience - thinking in a certain vernacular, prose, voice. To engage others, you need to be engaging and what better way to achieve this than to understand what motivates your audience.


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