The 80/20 rule (or the Pareto principle) argues that in many cases, 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. It comes from Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s findings in the 19th century that 80 percent of the land at the time was owned by 20 percent of the population. This applies to business management when 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of the market. Most importantly in our everyday lives, it means that 80 percent of our outcomes usually come from 20 percent of our efforts. The rule relates to your self-care in several important ways — all it takes is some serious prioritization of what’s bringing you happiness. Here are a few tips on how you can apply this principle to from a wellness perspective and live life to the fullest!
Time Management: If 80 percent of your time right now is only giving you 20 percent of your results, then you should be spending less time on the activities that aren’t offering the best return and more time on those that are.
Repeat What Works, Forget What Doesn’t: This rule helps you focus on the areas that need improvement instead of repeating ones that aren’t giving you the results you want. Whether it’s nutrition, your morning routine, a specific muscle group at the gym, or improving your skills in digital marketing at work, this point of view can be a true time-saver!
The 80/20 Rule Relates to Friendships: Find out which people add true value to your life and politely ditch the rest. Don’t wear yourself out by fostering relationships (and putting in that 20 percent of time) that aren’t improving your live or bringing you happiness — aka not giving that 80 percent effect.
It Goes For Relationships, Too!: This means it’s impossible to meet the needs of our partner 100 percent, and that’s OK! In the healthiest relationships, you should expect to get 80 percent of what you want and use the remaining 20 for self-improvement and self-reliance.
It Even Works With Decluttering: Decluttering your home and getting rid of things you don’t need can have a positive effect on your mental health. Drawing on the Marie Kondo art of tidying up, Konmari your life and find out which items bring you 80 percent joy and value based on your efforts. Part ways with what doesn’t!