The Pareto Principle and Creating Space in Your Life

Vilfredo Pareto

In 1906 Italian economist, philosopher, sociologist and engineer Vilfredo Pareto—observed that 20% of the people owned 80% of the land in Italy in his day. His observation came to be called the “80-20 rule”, and was applied by many experts to many different areas, especially that of  time management. Time management experts tell us that we can be much more effective –and less frazzled–if we set our sights to doing the 20 % of our tasks that are really important–those that will really make a difference. The rest we can let go.

In our hurried culture we need to let go of “busy-ness”. Mental chatter leads to stress and anxiety and much of it comes from the exhaustion of having too much to do–or even thinking we have too much to do. We run from one task to another, schedule ourselves to the hilt, and put an impossible number of goals to reach on our agenda.

Time to simplify. How? Find the 20% of tasks that are aligned with your core values in the major areas of your life: Work, Relationships, Health, Spirituality, Finances. What are your most important objectives in these areas? Eliminate all of the additional tacked-on task chatter.

When you simplify, you clarify, and when you clarify, there is less indecision and more self-confidence.

Use the 80-20 rule today and make space in your life to really LIVE.


Let me know how YOU will use the 80-20 rule and what you are eliminating from your busy schedule!  I invite you to comment below or send me an email:


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