80/20 Rule

It’s taken me a while to write my first post of 2010. The past two years have been uber tough for me on several different levels and so I’ve taken it upon myself to de-clutter my life. So it was no coincidence that I came across the Pareto Principle aka the 80/20 rule. Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist from back in the day, observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Throughout time, economists have applied the 80/2o rule to everything in life.

Take your closet for instance. What in your wardrobe do you wear all the time? Or applying the 80/20 rule, what 20% of your clothes do you wear 80% of the time? Pareto in full effect. I didn’t realize it at the time but I effectively applied the 80/20 rule when I sold off most of my 300+ pairs of shoes and now own less than 30 pairs. You have no idea how much easier this will be for me when I move or how much room I now have in my closet.

What about the people in your life? Who are the 20% of the people in your life that you interact with 80% of the time? Or what about the 20% of the people in your life who make up the 80% of your troubles? As you can see, the 80/20 rule can apply to everything. Reassess those people around you and those you let in your life and you’ll realize that you can be so much more happy when you focus on the good 20% and don’t get so caught up with the bad 20%. And don’t worry about distancing yourself from the rotten apples cause as Dr. Seuss says, “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

What else can you apply 80/20 to? Work? Facebook? Love? Figure it out and you’ll get so much more done in life.

I remind myself of the 80/20 rule on a daily basis so that I can get shit done. This blog is a prime example. I know I wanted to update the look and style of it and I didn’t want to write and blog posts until then. When I started to update it, I noticed that a lot of the formatting was off in old posts and that made me not want to update until I corrected all the formatting issues. I was just creating barriers for myself because I am so OCD. But how many of you out there even care that a lot of my old posts are not formatted correctly or that the photos are not centered? Exactly.

The picture below is of the man, the myth, the legend… ABUELO. He’s actually my good friend’s grandpa but I call him abuelo cause he’s the only grandpa I know and he is such a badass. He is a master builder and can build practically anything. In fact, he built his home in Mexico with his own two hands. He’s 94 and he’s still as active as ever. I’m not sure if he’s familiar with the 80/20 rule but I can only assume he is cause from my observations, he doesn’t waste any time when it comes to getting shit done. He’s 94! Horale…

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