Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: 5 principles, laws and rules you should know about.
We are surrounded by and affected by rules & laws – for good or for bad. Here are 5, which are pretty handy life hacks:
‘Pareto – 80/20 principle’ states that 80% of the results come from just 20% of the work. Great life hack so long as you can put your finger on what the 20% is.
‘Parkinson’s law’ states that work will always take as long as the time available for it. Check out this great article on how to take advantage of this.
‘Rule of three’.
I first came across this when I attended a ‘Presentation Seminar’ by Hawkins Consulting (www.hawkins-consulting.com) and was introduced to it. The idea being that words/ideas often come in groups of three & as such seem somehow more powerful & are easier to remember. It crops up (auftauchen) everywhere (once you know about it) like in speech writing/ marketing etc
E.G. the ‘rule of three’ in (olympic) sport = bronze, silver, gold or in history ‘Veni, vidi, vici’ or more info: http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/rule-of-three-speeches-public-speaking/
A ‘rule of thumb’ is a practical method of doing or measuring something, usually based on past experience rather than on exact measurement.
‘Murphy’s or Sod’s law’.
On a slightly less serious note, there’s always ‘Murphy’s law’ or the more colourfully named ‘Sod’s law’, which both basically mean that ‘whatever can go wrong, will go wrong’. According to (Laut) Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod%27s_law ‘Sod’s law’ is used in the UK, though in North America “Murphy’s law” is more popular.