Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, Chief Energy Officer, 12-06-11

Did you know that,

  • 20% of the roads carry 80% of the traffic
  • 20% of drinkers consume 80% of the alcohol
  • 20% of the strikers score 80% of the goals

You probably know this as being the 80/20 rule or the Pareto Principle.

The same is true of your To Do list.

On average, 20% of your activity will tend to produce 80% of the results.

So it must be worth doing an audit of your activity and creating a Stop Doing List.

I did this at the beginning of the year and it’s had a remarkable impact on both my productivity and energy levels.

Some of the things I’ve stopped doing include:

- spending time with negative people
- trying to be perfect
- planning too much, (procrastination in disguise)
- moving paper around rather than touch it once and deal with it
- buying stuff I really didn’t need, which I then had to look after
- eating too many crisps (my poison)
- going to bed late and not getting enough sleep

It’s so easy to get caught up in "busyness" as opposed to real business and not focus on those things which make us really happy and which are the most productive.

As Goethe famously said, "Things that matter most must not be at the mercy of
things that matter least"

Please do watch this inspirational and life affirming video. It had me in tears…..

A Homeless Boy’s Passion


Joy is not in things, it is in us - Charles Wagner

Conform and be dull - James Frank Dobie

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art - Leonardo da Vinci

The way to be happy is to make others so - Robert Ingersoll


Thanks to Richard for these gems. The first joke has been nominated for Short Joke of the Year and is my favourite:

A three-year-old boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath.

“Mum” he asked, “are these my brains?”

“Not yet,” she replied.


Man comes home, finds his wife in bed with his friend.

He shoots his friend and kills him.

Wife says “If you keep behaving like this, you will lose ALL your friends!”


Teacher: Do you know the importance of a period?

Kid: No, but they must be important. Once my sister said she had missed one, my mom fainted, my Dad got a heart attack & our driver ran away.


A woman asks a man who is travelling with six children, “Are all these kids yours?”

The man replies, “No, I work in a condom factory and these are customer complaints”.


A young boy asks his Dad, “What is the difference between confident and confidential?”

Dad says, “You are my son, I’m confident about that. Your friend over there is also my son; that’s confidential.”


My wife and I had words,

But I didn’t get to use mine.


Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.


The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way

You’re not going anywhere.


God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.


What’s the difference between stress, tension and panic?

Stress is when your wife is pregnant,

Tension is when your girlfriend is pregnant,

And Panic is when both are pregnant.



To your success