Focus on what matters most: Use the 80-20 rule

p 1 how to use the 80 20 rule to focus on what matters most

We discuss loads about the 80/20 rule—that we have to focus on the 20% of the points which have 80% of the influence. Particularly on the subject of sustainability, it’s vital to set a transparent technique to focus on what matters most. Which means typically I’ve to be the boring individual in the room [at electric vehicle company Polestar] and say no to tasks that is perhaps widespread, or look actually good on Instagram, in the event that they’re really not having any influence. It additionally ensures that my workforce doesn’t get overworked.

One other factor that drives exhaustion is that we lose connection to our personal voice and the objective we had been crammed with after we went to college, or no matter. It’s vital that my workforce and I keep linked to our personal “why.” In the company world, you may lose sight of your individual manner of speaking of issues. Company tradition is nice in that you’ve sturdy messaging, clear statements, and so on. However I would like my workforce to seek out their very own voice and really feel like they’re nonetheless difficult issues they don’t see us doing sufficient about—and that they see that’s okay. This implies they get extra out of the day and are near the objective that we have now.

Time she wakes up

Between 5 and 6 a.m.

Very first thing she does in the morning

“I’ve a 1-year-old terrier, and he’s awake once I rise up. We go to the kitchen, get a cup of espresso, and sit in the window. I attempt to not seize the cellphone, however sit with him and look out and take into consideration, What do I need to do at present? What ought to I focus on?”

Productiveness instruments or apps she makes use of

“A tiny notepad, from the French firm Rhodia. It makes me write down, like, solely 5 to-dos for the day. I used to have large to-do lists that I by no means bought via, which made me really feel, at the finish of the day, like I had failed miserably.”

How her routine has modified over the previous 18 months

“Like so many others, I bought a canine throughout the pandemic. He saves me from my workaholic tendencies. He must exit 3 times a day. And he must run round in the forest. So that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Technique for working with colleagues in several time zones

“Yesterday, I had this superb day, once I began off with a gathering with my Chinese language colleagues and ended the day with a gathering with my colleagues in San Francisco. I’ve labored in international firms—Ikea, a style firm, and now Polestar—for therefore lengthy that I do know the time zones by coronary heart and when to ship somebody a chat. It’s vital to not interrupt individuals when they’re speculated to be at house resting.”

Greatest behavior

“The time that I carve out with my husband. Saturday morning, we go down by the sea—I dwell in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden—and we swim. Once we get again, we make breakfast for the children. It’s so energizing. Throughout workdays, if I get an hour for lunch, I’m going down with my canine for a fast swim.”

Worst behavior

“I’m so impatient that I are likely to take the function of being a frontrunner of any assembly I’m in. Which is admittedly annoying, I feel. However I catch myself doing it. It’s as a result of I need to get issues performed.”


Last item she does at evening

“I learn. It simply takes a web page or two [of a novel], and I’m asleep.”

Time she goes to mattress

10 p.m.