Be fearless and change your happiness

by Mr Bee


What is the 80/20 Rule?

The 80/20 rule or Pareto principle is the law of the vital few.  Italian economist Wilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population.  The theory states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.  Although Pareto developed these concepts in the context of economics, why can’t we apply these rules to health?

In simple terms , the rule states that 80% of your outcomes come from 20% of your inputs

Economic examples of the Rule

  • 20% of employees are responsible for 80% of a companies output
  • 80% of problems come from 20% of projects

Applying the 80/20 rule to health- Example 1

If we apply the 80/20 rule to our life in terms of health, we can look at the activities that make us feel healthy.  Below is an example, the more specific you can be the more benefit you will get from the exercise :

80_20 Rule applied to Health1.png
In the above example, the inputs are the activities you are doing to be healthy, for example getting enough exercise.   The 80/20 rules says  focus on a small number of activities, which are having the greatest impact.  It could be that, making small changes to our sleep patterns could transform our overall health.  Sometimes in life we try to change everything all at the same time.  The rule also says to avoid wasting time on 80% of activities that produce little results.

Meditation and 80/20 Rule – Example 2

We can deep-dive further and look at how a person would learn to meditate more effectively.  Here we propose some general ways a person may be currently meditating.  This list is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a guide:80_20 Rule applied to Health2.png

We are creatures of habit

In both examples, it seems impossible to complete all the activities and balance a busy schedule.  Hence, the point is not to do everything, but to be aware that if we slowly rotate and master our practices we can improve our overall wellbeing.

These exercises should not be limited to a certain number of activities.  The goal is to be more self-reflective and identify where you can make small changes.  Many times, we are aware and are actually doing the things that make us healthy.  The trick is to focus on these few activities that bring us the best results.

We are creatures of habit, so it is important to apply the 80/20 rule to your health once in a while and mix things up a little.

Try this:

Write down what you do 20% of the time makes you feel healthy 80% of the time. This will help you analyse and improve your daily health habits.  Did you try it?


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