The following is an article from John Wood, a Freelance Copywriter .
He talks about the re-looking at the 80-20 rule. Instead he shares on how we can focus on getting rid problems that plague us. So that we can enhance our productivity! Ask yourself if you can do the same.
Read on . . .
“In 1906, Italian engineer, sociologist, economist, and philosopher Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923) came to a conclusion about something in his garden.
He noticed that 80% of his peas came from 20% of his pea pods.
It was this discovery that inspired him to realize that, just like the pea pod area in his garden, 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.
He carried out surveys in other countries and found the distribution percentage to be similar.
In 1941, management consultant Joseph M. Juran (1904–2008) stumbled across Pareto’s work. He was so impressed, he suggested a principle and applied Pareto’s name to it.
The Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) has become a common rule of thumb in business:
“80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your clients.”
In 1980, in his book Success Forces, marketing legend Joe Sugarman offered up a twist on the 80/20 rule, which he says will bring you 30% more profit.
Like the Pareto Principle suggests, Sugarman says that 20 percent of your profits create 80 percent of your headaches.
In other words, if you have 10 clients, two clients will be responsible for 80% of your problems.
They might be late payers, promise breakers, or they constantly eat up time that you’re not getting paid for.
Sugarman says you should consider saying “goodbye” to the clients who are responsible for 80% of your headaches.
When you do so, you’ll have more time to devote to your good clients – plus, you’ll have more time available to take on more good accounts.
By doing so, Sugarman predicts your profits will go up by 30%. Plus, you’ll have a lot more peace of mind at the end of each day.
He suggests that you also use what he calls the 80/20/30 rule in your daily life.
Again, following Pareto’s Principle, 20% of your activities will cause 80% of your aggravation and discomfort.
Make a list of those less-than-fun 20% and then eliminate them from your life.
Maybe you hate housework. It might make sense to hire someone to come in once a week to clean your house so you can focus on your writing and making money. Or perhaps you hate cutting the grass. It might make sense to hire the neighbour’s kid to cut your lawn for you.
You’ll have more time to focus on the things that you enjoy doing.”