Using The Pareto Principle to Declutter Your Life
Organize and Declutter Using The Pareto Principle
The Pareto Principle (also called the 80/20 rule) was created by Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) when he observed that 20% of the people of Italy owned 80% of the wealth. This concept of disproportion often holds up in many areas of life. After learning the idea behind this principle, you’ll see that you can use it to declutter your life by targeting in on the 80% of anything you want to downsize in your life. Here are some examples of how you can apply the 80/20 rule:
- 80% of your travels are to 20% of the locations you have been
- 20% of the time expended produces 80% or the results
- 80% of your phone calls go to 20% of the names on your list
- 20% of your clothes are worn 80% of the time
- 20% of the streets handle 80% of the traffic
- 80% of the meals in a restaurant come from 20% of the menu
- 80% of a company’s revenue comes from 20% of their customers
- 80% of the news is in the first 20% of the article
- 20% of the people cause 80% of the problems
These observations are not necessary bad or good, but could lead to strategies to improve your time management and a more simplified space. First, target in on the 20%. Your “favorite” of any type of thing. You will keep those things -- period. Second, look at the 80% that is left. Find the items that you use the least and let them go. You can consider yourself successful if you eliminate a quarter of that 80% and it should have no effect in your life. Try it.
What type of “thing” will you try The Pareto Principle on?
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