I've spent the better part of thisweek wrestling with a troublesome patch in my first draft of Green Ice. I'vegone back and forth with it, rewriting, changing, adding, and sweating. TodayI've come to the realization that I've been guilty of violating one of mycardinal rules, the 80-20 rule.
The 80-20 Rule states that in anygiven enterprise one spends 20% of one's time, energy and resources obtaining80% of the desired results, and 80% of the same energy, time and resourceschasing after the final 20%. This is true in people management as well; in anygiven group of people 80% will require 20% of the manager's time and effortwhile 20% will eat up 80% of the manager's time, energy and resources.
It's a great rule to live by, if youcan. The ability to accept an 80% result will free you up to accomplish more,realize more peace, be happier. Of course, it only works when 100% is notabsolutely required. How many babies is it OK for the nurse to drop? NONE. Youcan see that there are situations where 80% wouldn't be a great metric forwhich to aim.
In my case, however, it has freed me up to get on withthe story, content in the knowledge that I can spend 80% of my time during thesecond or third draft chasing down the last 20% of "perfect." Rightnow, I declare this patch good enough to allow the rest of the story to proceed.Whew. The first draft is on schedule for completion this month, again.