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Have you ever been interested in becoming more productive or managing your time better?

Then you've most likely come across the Pareto Principle before, also known as the 80/20 rule.

If you've never heard of it, then you'll learn more about it in this video.

The Pareto principle states that in any situation, 20 percent of the inputs or activities, are

responsible for 80 percent of the outputs or results.

And I'll explain what that means in a second.

The principle was named after an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto.

He first observed this law in his own garden.

What he noticed was that 20% of the pea pods generated 80% of the healthy peas.

This observation led him to discover that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by just

20% of the population.

And we can even see this concept everywhere in our daily lives.

For example:

You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.

In a book, 20% of its pages contain 80% of the most important information.

20% of the company's customers, produce 80% of company's revenue

When it comes to YouTube, 20% percent of my videos generate 80% of my views and subscribers.

The Pareto principle shows up over and over again, in almost every field.

But the inverse is also true.

That means that the other 80% is only generating 20% of the results.

However you should note that this is not an universal law, and it can differ in many situations.

It's not always going to be 80/20, it could be 70/30, 90/10, basically anything.

The point is that the majority of results come from minority of causes.

And the minority of results come from the majority of causes.

Now that we've established that this principle does indeed hold true, let's take a look at

how you can use it in your everyday life.

Time is our most precious resource.

We all have the same amount of time in our day.

But most of us don't use that time efficiently.

There's a difference between being busy and being productive.

Most people think that working more hours will get them more results.

However it's not about the time you put in, it's about how well you spend that time.

If you haven't applied the Pareto principle in your life yet, you're most likely just

being busy.

However when the principle is utilized correctly it enables you to do more by doing less.

If we go back to our previous example, we said that 20% of a book will give us 80% of the information.

That means that 80% of a book will only give us 20% of its value.

Let's say it takes you 10 hours to read 100% of that book.

By applying the Pareto principle you know that 80% of the most important information

can be found in just 2 hours.

Yes, you could go deeper and learn more in depth if you wanted to, but note that you

will most likely have to spend 8 hours to get those extra 20% of the information.

It's up to you to decide if you think it's worth it.

If you're still in school you can also take advantage of the 80/20 rule.

The exams never contain 100% of the content.

Never.

Otherwise it would be a 50 page exam.

You can get a good grade by identifying, which 20% of the content you were studying in class,

is the most important.

Studying the right topic for two hours will get you a much better grade, than studying

the wrong topic for a whole week.

Again, you could reread every single page of the textbook and get that 100%.

But if being a top student is not your priority, then it just might not be worth your time.

You can even do a Pareto analysis on your friendships.

What you're most likely to find is that 20% of the friends, give you 80% of your fulfillment

and joy, that you get from social interactions.

The other 80% of your so called "friends" are only giving you 20% fulfillment.

Now you don't have to cut away those friendships completely, but you don't have to spend an

equal amount of time with all your companions.

It's much better to have a few close friends, than to have a bunch of really distant friends.

This is why you should spend more time on the 20% that give you the most satisfaction,

and commit less time to the other 80%.

And that pretty much sums up the Pareto principle aka the 80/20 rule.

It can be applied to almost any area of your life, whether it's business or free time.

If you can identify the 20% that produces the greatest outcome, you can spend more time

doing that, to create an even greater pay-off.

It also helps you cut back on the 80% of things that waste your time, which create only 20%

of the results.

It encourages you to think efficiently and focus on what is actually important.

So think about what are some of the things that you could double down on, and which ones

you should eliminate.

Let me know how are you going to use the 80/20 rule in the comments below.

For example I have noticed that I use 20% of my shoes 80% of the time.

This is why I threw the 80% I wasn't using away, because all they were doing

is taking up my space.

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