Growth Strategy #45: The Pareto Principle

I have used the Pareto Principle principle in my work to focus on the most important strategies and actions that will help me get the best results.

Growth Strategy #45: The Pareto Principle

I have used the Pareto Principle principle in my work to focus on the most important strategies and actions that will help me get the best results.  Working as a leader in education and running a business for many years, has meant having multiple priorities with a lot to do, and one of the ways that I managed this was by using the method.

I believe the 80/20 rule is a powerful tool that can help you be more effective and efficient with your time. Let's take a closer look at this important concept.

Good for:  Helping you be more efficient with your time; focus on the most important tasks and actions
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The 80/20 rule (also known as the Pareto principle) was created by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed that in any system or group, roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. This means that in life, work, relationships, and even finances—80% of results come from only 20% of efforts.

The idea behind this rule is simple but profound; if you focus on maximizing the 20%, or the most important aspects of what you’re doing, then you’ll see greater results with less effort overall.

For example, if you are running a business, focusing on the most profitable products or services can lead to greater profits in the long run. When used correctly, this approach can save both time and money while still achieving desired outcomes.

Using the Pareto principle

The Pareto principle has countless applications in everyday life. The key is to identify those areas where small investments will reap large rewards and focus on those areas first. For example, if you want to start exercising regularly, focusing on just one type of exercise—like running—could yield better results than trying to tackle multiple activities at once without having a clear plan for how to approach them all effectively.

Similarly, when setting goals for yourself or your business, prioritize those that will offer more impactful results over ones that require more time and effort but offer smaller yields.

Examples of the Pareto principle

Here are a few examples of how the Pareto principle can help with personal growth:

  1. Time management: By focusing on the 20% of tasks that are most important, you can more effectively prioritize your time and achieve greater results.
  2. Goal setting: By identifying the 20% of activities that are most critical to achieving your goals, you can focus your efforts on those things and make progress more efficiently.
  3. Personal development: By identifying the 20% of skills or habits that will have the biggest impact on your personal growth, you can focus on improving those areas and see significant progress.
  4. Health and wellness: By focusing on the 20% of healthy habits that have the biggest impact on your overall well-being, you can make more significant progress towards your health goals.

Overall, the Pareto principle can help you identify the most important areas to focus on in order to achieve greater results and make progress in your personal growth journey.


It is an useful tool for managing your time and resources efficiently in order to achieve maximum output with minimal investment of energy and resources. By understanding how it works and applying it appropriately in your own life or business endeavors, you can maximize your efforts for greater efficiency and productivity overall!

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