The 80/20 Rule

I like to remember the Pareto Principle, AKA the 80/20 rule, when assessing where to spend my time and energy. It is a popular idea in economics and business. Some general cases where it applies:

  • 20% of the input creates 80% of the result.
  • 20% of the workers produce 80% of the result.
  • 20% of the customers create 80% of the revenue.

Source: Better Explained

Applying this principle to other areas, perhaps by focusing efforts on the 20% in any part of our lives:

  • 20% of the people you know may provide 80% of the positive feelings, love and connection.
  • The amount of effort it takes to achieve something may only be 20% of what you think you need to do.
  • 20% of energy in a workout creates 80% of the desired fitness and health.
  • 20% of food consumed creates 80% of desired nutritional benefits.
  • 20% of time spent leads to 80% of results.
  • 80% of happiness is derived from 20% of your activities.

Disclaimer: No scientific basis for the above. I am extrapolating and exploring possibilities which may or may not be true. 

Maybe by aiming for the best 20%, I can create more of my desired outcomes, conserve energy and succeed more in health, love, work and life.

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