Recently I was completing the last minute touches on a power point slide presentation for time management training I was delivering the next morning. Just as I was saving the presentation onto a memory stick the computer screen and the cursor froze! In utter disbelief I did everything I knew possible to unfreeze the screen without losing my document. After several attempts to reboot the computer, I was not able to transfer or save the presentation. In desperation, I decided to review the 7 point font computer instruction booklet – hoping to find an answer about how to fix the problem. After all it was a brand new laptop, only a week old. Maybe I overlooked something. This was a useless exercise.
Frustrated, I took a deep breath and calmed myself. It was 11:00 p.m. and I had an early rise the next day. What was I to do? Then I remembered the 10% rule of time management that I was going to discuss the next day in the seminar.
The 10% rule of time management simply means that a person can do almost anything in an average way in 10% of the time it takes to do things in an excellent way. I decided to apply this principle to my problem. I recreated the power point slide presentation in about 40 minutes. This was about 10% of the time it took me to create the original presentation. Fortunately, my lecture notes and handouts were already printed and copied. I was able to get a good night’s rest. The seminar was well received the next day. I shared my own example to illustrate the 10% rule. I was the only one who knew that the slides I used were not the original presentation.
Do you always want to perform at 100%? Absolutely! Are you always able to perform at 100%? Absolutely not! Remember the 10% rule of time management when you need to meet a deadline. It’s far better than throwing in the towel.