The 80/20 rule came from an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto, who stated that 80% of the Italian income was earned by 20% of the Italian population.
What this means is that 80% of your outcomes come from 20% of your inputs. In other words, 20% of your activities equate to 80% of your happiness. Instead of focusing only on income, let’s focus on your overall well-being or happiness factor.
So how can you use the 80/20 rule to maximize your outputs? Since each of us is good at few things, focus on what you are good at – those few things. That will maximize your efficient self and allow you to improve your skills on what you are good at and what you love to do.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks of how to become an expert. If you spread yourself across the board, trying to master everything, you are a master of none, and your efficiency rate decreases.
Take a moment and consider what you love and what you are really good at and then list out those things that cause you to waste time and decrease your efficient self. If you are able, hire someone to do those tasks that fall on that list. Share duties with your children, spouse, roommate, significant other, co-worker, team members etc. Trade your time and skills for theirs. You will find that focusing on those 20% tasks, the 80% yield will be worthwhile.
Consider what is most important for you, your higher divine mission, and focus on the important tasks that take you there. Action without direction takes you no-where.