You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle. The basic principle says roughly 80% of your results are generated from 20% of your efforts. If we’re talking about applying this principle to our fitness lifestyle, that would mean that 80% of our weight loss, comes from the top 20% of our training and nutrition.
In reality, it really doesn’t matter what numbers you apply 90/10 or 70/30, the important thing to understand is that there are certain activities in life, that account for the majority of your rewards.
I believe this concept is truly fundamental to everyone and can change your life.
It’s really helped me understand how I should be spending my time and what I should be focusing on in every area of my life. Now I plan my day and activities in advance so I know exactly what my ideal day looks like and how to spend my time effectively knowing what results I can expect and the happiness I will feel when I have achieved what I’ve set out to.
I have stopped putting equal effort, time and resources into everything I do and put more focus and energy into where the majority of my happiness and results comes from.
If you are still not sure if this rule applies to you think again, as this concept can help you stay productive and maximise your satisfaction in everything by focusing on your passions. And everyone has been at a stage in their life when their passions drop off the priority list when you get bogged down on the day-to-day distractions.
My best advice is to decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it then establish your priorities and get to work. Living the 80/20 way means you can work less, worry less, succeed more and enjoy more!
Once you know what gives you the best results you can avoid wasting time on activities that provide you with little satisfaction. When you look at your life it’s easy to see the ratios all over the place.
Sometimes eliminating time, resources or effort is a smart choice because there are significant opportunity costs on focusing your energy in the wrong place. Just like if something is important to you, you will find a way and if it’s not important to you, you’ll find an excuse.
Like replying to easy emails or doing quick tasks, I believe you would you get more satisfaction out of making that difficult phone call or completing that new task you’ve been meaning to, because these are the things that build up and give you a sense of achievement once you’ve completed them and in return often open up doors for new lessons learnt and opportunities.
To start living 80/20 you have only to do one thing – focus your energies on the activities that give you the best rewards. The key is to not prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Write a list of all the tasks/outcomes that you are responsible for in your role/business and then ask yourself which of the tasks do you enjoy the most and which of the tasks add the most value to your role/business and you will quickly see how to get the best results from your efforts.
You will always find time for the things you put first and if you find yourself complaining of the lack of time you have the real problem is likely to be your lack of direction.
So always feel the fear and do it anyway.
Don’t let fear stop you from achieving your goals.
For your continued personal growth and self-development we should all reassess our energy and focus and make your own plans to live by the 80/20 rule.
Would be great to start a discussion and learn from each other, how are you living the by the 80/20 rule?