A New Year’s Resolution 1

How about making 2020 the year for a big improvement in your writing skills?

I know what you’re thinking: I’d love to do that, but I don’t have time right now.

  • I don’t have time to study grammar
  • I’m too busy to take an English course
  • I have other priorities

What if I were to tell you that you can make a significant improvement in your writing this year with only a small investment of your time and energy? (And what if I added that effective writing should always be a high priority in the criminal justice field?)

It’s true.

As we count down to the new year, I’m going to be exploring suggestions for making you a better writer, beginning on January 1. There will be three posts (today, December 31, and January 1).

Today’s topic is the 80/20 Rule. Although it’s not specifically about writing, it can help you focus your energies on making that improvement this year.

The rule was invented by a Venetian economist named Vilfredo Pareto, who claimed that 80% of the value in 80% of the payoff is in 20% of the possibilities.

In practical terms, if you think of ten activities in any field (including writing), TWO of them are going to pay off big for you.

So here’s my challenge: Instead of weighing yourself down with 100, 10, or even 5 ways to improve your writing, focus on the 20% that will really make a difference.

Tune in tomorrow for some suggestions. Remember: You’re going to commit to only one or two of them.

See you tomorrow!champagne on New Year's Eve


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