I am a firm believer in the 80/20 principle.
It tells us that approx. 80% of our results come from approx. 20% of our actions.
The percentages are not always such but they are always heavily skewed in a manner which tells that very few of our actions produce most of our outcomes.
This tells us two things:
- We need to dedicate more time, energy and attention to the people and actions which produce the best outcomes for us.
- Most of our actions, and the people in our lives add very little, if any value to our lives.
If you think about the second point, you could cut out most of the actions and people from your life and your life would improve.
Less is more when the less is the stuff that really matters.
If you are like the average person, the following is probably true for you:
- You spend too much time doing things which don’t need to be done
- You spend too much time doing things which others should be doing
- You spend too much time doing things because others want you to do them
- You don’t spend enough time on the things which bring you the best results and most joy and happiness
- You give too much time and attention to people who don’t add real value to your life
- You don’t give enough time to the people who add the most value to your life
How much better would your life be if you sorted all that out?
There are 2 key steps to doing so and; you can make a start on both simultaneously.
- Identify the actions and people which bring the most joy and happiness into your life and dedicate more time to them.
- Make that time available by decluttering your life and removing the actions and people which add little or no joy and happiness to your life.
People forget about the importance of decluttering but the 80/20 principle also tells us that 5% of the people in your life will contribute about 50% of the people-related problems.
The same is likely true for actions and possessions.
So, start decluttering your life today and reap the rewards.
If you need help decluttering, this great resource will help.