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The Pareto principle states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of the return comes from 20% of the effort. The Pareto principle was developed in 1896 by the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He also witnessed this phenomenon with peas in his garden, where 20% of the plants were bearing 80% of the fruit.

The Pareto principle is an observation that most things in life are not distributed evenly :

  • 80% of results come from 20% of input
  • 80% of revenue from a retail store comes from 20% of the customers
  • 80% of the results come from 20% of the work

As an example Look at this from a factory standpoint, 20% of the workers are on the line assembling the product while 80% work in administrative or other roles 

This 80:20 principle can be used in many applications, for example, a to-do list. By identifying which tasks have the most impact on your goal, you can focus on those tasks. First, make a list of all the things that need to get done today. Then, identify which of those tasks have the highest impact. Does the outcome of any of these tasks involve other people? Are there any obstacles blocking you from moving forward? Assign a value to each of these problems and then develop a plan that focuses on the top 20% of problems.

Where a problem can occur is that you may have the misconception that you only have to put in 20% of effort. However, in order to achieve your goal, you should focus on putting in 100% of your effort focusing on 20% of the problem.

Basically , to sum up the principal, most things in life are not distributed evenly some contribute more than others. 

Utilizing Pareto principle, make your decisions on allocating time and resources and effort based on getting the most bang for your buck. You might.:

  • When writing a blog instead of spending an hour drafting, you could spend 10 minutes thinking of ideas and 50 minutes writing about the best 1
  • instead of designing a single advertisement that could take hours and 30 minutes making five or six and pick your favorite 
  • when doing research instead of spending three hours reading three articles in depth take five minutes glancing through 12 and then spend an hour on the best 2

Lets use the example of “I want my weight to be 115 lbs of muscle”. Why don’t I say, “I want to lose 35 pounds?” The answer is because it’s not necessarily about how much you weigh. It’s your lean muscle to fat ratio that matters when it comes to health and wellness. In order to be 100% successful, I will have to focus on nutrition, exercise, and medication.

An example week would look like this:

Sunday is a free day for nutrition. I can eat as much as I want, of anything. It is a refueling day which means that 86% of the time, I focus on nutrition and eating clean and healthy. I do not eat processed food. I prioritize protein and complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables. I avoid simple carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and rice. Basically, if it’s white, it’s not allowed, except for cauliflower.

I will plan my meals for the week, choosing a breakfast, lunch, dinner and meal prep those today for the 6 days ahead. 

Daily meals are as follows:

Breakfast will consist of an iced coffee protein drink. I like Herbalife’s iced coffee protein blend, which contains 15g of protein, 4g of carbs, 2.5g of fat, and 100 calories.

Lunch will be 1 cup of ground beef, cooked, 1 cup of green beans, and 1/2 cup of canned black beans.

Dinner is one salmon fillet, grilled asparagus 1/2 cup, and 1 cup of cooked lentils or beans.

I will eat the same meals every day that will put me at approximately a 3000 calorie deficit in food alone. This is based on my basic metabolic rate (BMR), my age, height, and current weight.

Shopping, cooking, and cleaning all take about five hours tops. About 5% of my time. That is assuming that I sleep eight hours a night which leaves me 112 working hours a week

Now, let’s talk about exercise. We all have busy lives. There are kids, games, work, house chores, yardwork, and whatever the case may be. Who has time to spend hours and hours at the gym? If you do, that’s great, good for you. I, on the other hand, have no desire to spend that much time at the gym.

I am more of a “get in there, get the job done, and get out as quickly as I can” kind of person. That is why I love the 30-minute Xpress workout at Planet Fitness. It is a full-body workout, including cardio, that you do 2 to 3 times a week. for me, it’s usually two times a week. This according to MyFitnessPal, burns 316 calories a week (these estimates vary by person). While that doesn’t seem like very much, it brings my total calorie deficit for the week up to 3316. It helps me build lean muscle and is less than 1% of my time.

Three days a week I walk at a moderate pace for 30 minutes Which burns approximately 318 cal bringing my total deficit up to 3634. Again 1% of my time. It’s important to note that rest and recovery along with other self-care. Activities are an important part of any wellness goal and balance, and avoiding extremes in any diet and exercise is the healthiest, most sustainable way to achieve success. The rest of my 20% is achieved with the help of the medication semaglutide.

Semaglutide is the generic name of the medication. Ozempic Wegovy,and Rybelsus. It is a GLP – one receptor agonist meaning that it mimics the action of the human peptide to increase insulin secretion and improve glycemic control. It also works in the brain at higher doses to suppress appetite and signal you to feel full when used in conjunction with diet and exercise it can cause significant weight loss.

Side effects can include fatigue, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea or constipation gassiness headaches, stomach issues, including nausea, vomiting, pain, or bloating. be sure to consult with your provider before starting any new weight loss program and seek medical advice prior to discontinuation of medication.

it’s important to keep in mind that the 80/20 rule is a principle and not a law. For example, if you are building a barn and the framework is 80% of the work and it is completed in the first 20% of the project you’ve still got a put the roof and the walls on or you don’t have a barn.

The 80/20 rule has helped me become a healthier individual. My cholesterol is normal, my A1c is normal, and my blood pressure is normal without medication. I feel better, have more energy, and more confidence in myself. Simplifying and making things easier can be applied to all aspects of life. What can the 80/20 rule do for you?

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