If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve recently completed the 100 Day Challenge (publishing a blog post every day).
In today’s post, I want to give you a brief update on writing every day and the 80/20 rule I’ve learned since, and how the 80/20 rule can help you optimise your life and work.
Although the challenge was taken nearly a month ago, it still feels like yesterday because I’ve been writing every day, even after the challenge.
I mentioned in the 10 lessons I’ve learned post that I’d continue to write every day to improve my writing.
True to my word, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing except that, unlike during my challenge, I didn’t publish it every day.
If you were wondering about not seeing a new post for the past 4 days, that’s why.
According to my Google calendar, I had skipped publishing a post for 7 days this month.
I want to share the reasons and what I’ve been doing when I didn’t publish a blog post.
The 80/20 Rule
You’ve probably heard about roughly 80% of wealth worldwide being controlled by 20% of the rich.
That’s essentially what the 80/20 rule is.
It’s also known as the Pareto Principle.
The 80/20 rule was named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto after he discovered that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.
After the discovery, he did surveys in other countries from which he drew the same conclusion.
When I first heard about it, I got annoyed with my conclusion:
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
I wasn’t resentful for the rich, though.
I got annoyed with myself … why I couldn’t be that top 20%. ha.
Anyway, I digress.
The Pareto Principle is widely adopted and taught as a framework to optimise output.
It’s applied in the business world to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the business operation.
The 80/20 rule states that 80% result / output comes from 20% effort / input.
For example, in business, 20% of customers yield 80% of sales. 20% of sales reps bring in 80% of the business.
Which means 20% of activities account for 80% results.
You can see the implication of the rule.
An organisation would use the rule to identify and zero in on 20% activities, whether it’s a division of the business or personnel, as they account for 80% output.
They would use it as a guide to distribute resources effectively e.g. establish an efficient reward system.
Blogging – the 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule applies to personal endeavours too.
The prime example is my blog, which explains the 7 days of not publishing a blog post.
I’ve learned that nearly over 80% of my blog traffic comes from less than 20% of the content.
Although publishing every day disciplined me, 80% of the output from 20% of the content tells me I need to focus on those top 20% of the content and improve them while working on the rest.
I’m ashamed to say that there are
quite a few a lot of “half-baked” content.
So much so, I can’t promote them on Pinterest until I “fix” them.
I’ve been updating old posts as much as I could, but I’m always short on time.
And those “half-baked” content seems to grow each day!
I had to give up publishing a post which still takes a long time for me so I could give TLC to some old posts.
Writing is easy. Publishing, not so much. Ha.
So, as to writing every day and the 80/20 rule, I’ll continue to write every day (but not publishing as often) and zero in on content that attracts most readers.
The 80/20 Rule and Productivity
Whether it’s for your long-term goals or daily to-do list, you can use the 80/20 rule to maximise your productivity.
For instance, when you have 10 things to do, the chances are 2 things on your to-do list will produce the most impactful result than the remaining 8 combined.
Identify those two and begin your day with them, no matter how strenuous they are.
You’ll have the most productive day.
If you begin your day with any of those (unimportant) 8 things on your list, you’ll likely feel you’ve been busy all day long but achieved very little.
The 80/20 Rule in All Areas of Life
The 80/20 rule applies to almost every area of our life.
Out of 10 friends, 2 friends are more likely to make you happier than all others put together.
They are the closest friends: you can tell anything and everything.
They make you feel good, uplifted and positive each time you meet up. They’re more like family than friends.
20% of friends and family make your life meaningful. Cut out the time you spend with 80% of people you don’t connect with.
20% of the food you consume contributes to 80% of your health. Go through the food you eat 20% of the time and see its impact on your health.
If your health is optimal, keep feeding yourself with that 20%! If you have a health issue, you need to dump some food in that 20%.
20% of bad habits or good habits…
The list goes on and on.
Write a List
Make a list for each area of your life.
Life goals, daily goals (to-do list), relationship, money, habits, food, exercise and so on.
Write the most impactful activities (20%) that generate 80% results.
It doesn’t have to be exactly 80/20. It may be 70/30 or 90/10.
When you pen it down (or type it out), your insight becomes clearer and concrete.
The 80/20 rule enables you to identify your core activities so you can optimise them or remove them.
Writing every day and the 80/20 rule I’ve learned along the way helped me optimise my day.
The 80/20 rule helps focus on essential activities, therefore, we spend our resources more effectively and efficiently.
Not only that, it also ensures that we keep reviewing our day, goals and life choices, therefore, living intentionally and purposefully.
When you incorporate the 80/20 rule to all areas of your life, you’re bound to have a more productive and happier life.
My Favourite Writing Tools
Grammarly (Free) – a great writing tool. Help you with spelling and grammar errors. It’s SO worth it even if all you do is writing an email or on social media.
BlueHost – get a super easy and reliable hosting plan from BlueHost. They also give you a free domain name for one year. Sign up here and start your blog in a few minutes.
Namecheap – get a dirt-cheap domain name if you change your mind and fancy a new domain name later (like I did).
Mailerlite – another must-have to create email marketing campaigns: sign up forms, landing pages, surveys and so on; free up to 1,000 subscribers.
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