WORDS OF WISDOM
WORDS OF WISDOM
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When I was at school I remember being taught the Pareto Principle. It didn’t really mean that much to me at the time but since then things have changed and now it does. I’ve modified it to a version that supports me in making helpful choices, allowing me to have and continue moving towards the things I know for certain I want more of in my life.
I’d like to share some of these with you, in the hope that you might also use it as a way to gauge and implement more of the things you want in your life.
What is the Pareto Principle?
The Pareto Principle also known as the 80/20 rule, states that 20% of inputs are responsible for 80% of outcomes or results. It has been widely used in business to increase efficiency and effectiveness and can also be observed in marketing campaigns.
The principle dates back to 1906, where an Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto showed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.
So how do I use it, so it might be helpful to you?
As part of my personal development, I’ve come to the realisation that I prefer to feel good mentally and physically. I can’t bear arguments, shouting, anger, feeling frustrated etc. and I love when I feel upbeat and energetic.
For this reason I spend the minority of my time planning how to do the things that help me to achieve feeling great the majority of the time. Is it 80/20 exactly? I’ve no idea, the main thing is I know a wee bit of planning supports in helping me to feel great.
If you prefer to feel better, good or great, pick one that might work for you to start with or create your own.
If you often opt for takeaways or meals that have less nutritional value, get into the habit of meal planning. Once you start doing this and build on it you’ll create new habits, then it becomes so much easier. Meal planning also helps with making your shopping list, you’ll buy less on the fly, there’ll be less waste and you can start to enjoy delicious home cooked meals.
Make a shopping list before you go
I now know better, what my body needs to fuel it well and helps me to feel energetic, after spending a lot of time not eating the most nutritional things for most of my life. I can still go shopping without a list but it does mean that things creep into the basket that just don’t help me to feel energetic and bouncy.
Cook bigger or batch cook
This will allow you to keep things in the freezer so that you ultimately won’t need to cook or do much when you get home from work. Start creating a weekly routine and then it will become a cycle. There are lots of places to discover recipes for what you or you and your family enjoy. Don’t forget to label and date before things go in the freezer.
Plan to move more
If you don’t enjoy traditional exercising what else could you do to move more? Swimming, walking the dog, Aerial Yoga it doesn’t matter plan it and just do it, if of course you’ve decided you don’t enjoy your current lifestyle. Plan your week of exercising and moving more. Are you a morning, afternoon or evening person? Take this into consideration. What will you need to stop doing to fit moving more into your lifestyle? Your GP and ‘Future Self’ will thank you for it.
Eat Well, Think Better, Feel Great
If you are currently in the cycle of, I don’t have time for change how can you choose to create time? Choices, choices, choices they’re everywhere. What are the choices you are currently making? Are they helpful? There are other people around you who want a change in lifestyle. Start talking, get to know who they are, join a group for people who want to choose a healthier lifestyle.
Remember work and all the other things that keep you busy are always going to be there. So find your way to use 20% of your time more resourcefully to increase the time you feel good and better about yourself.
This Jim Rohn quote is great “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”.
As part of your review include your ‘Mind Matters’, how much time do you spend on unhelpful thought patterns?
How can you create your own helpful version of the 80/20 rule?
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