- The Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, states that 80% of our results comes from 20% of our actions
- This principle has proved to be very effective in predicting statistical events at economic and social levels.
- The Pareto principle can be used as a tool to make us more efficient by analysing what makes us waste time and reducing or eliminating it from our routine.
- In training, we can use the Pareto principle to achieve a more effective and efficient workout. Practicing a workout like HIIT can be a great way to get good results quickly.
80% of the results will come from only 20% of the actions
- The Pareto principle in business: in a given firm, 20% of all customers accounts for 80% of total profits
- The Pareto principle in healthcare: 20% of all patients accounts for 80% of total healthcare spending
- The Pareto principle in informatics: 20% of all software bugs caused 80% of total software crashes
- The Pareto principle in crime prevention: 20% of all crimes are committed by 80% of criminals
The “universal truth” of the Pareto principle, though not necessarily represented by the 80/20 ratio, is a tenet we live with on a daily basis, a pattern that unconsciously guides our choices. Think about the clothes you have vs. the clothes you wear: how many times do you put the same shirt or jacket on with respect to the other ones you own?
How to use the 80/20 rule and become more efficient
As we have discussed previously, one of the corollaries stemming from the Pareto principle is that most things in life are not equally distributed and that, if unchecked, we will inevitably do more and more time-consuming activities that lead to lower and lower results (an effect known as the Law of Diminishing Returns).
Rather, the 80/20 rule states that by focusing on those actions that yield the most results and either cutting down or delegating those that do not, you can increase your overall productivity multiple-folds.
What you have to do is to analyse an average day and note down what you do, the result each task brings, how important this result is and how long it takes to complete the task.
We are only humans after all, and we have limited hours and energies. In this light, the Pareto principle can greatly help us in the definition of a strategic plan, making our lives, if not easier, definitely more effective.
The Pareto principle in training
80% of the results of our workout comes from 20% of the time we spend at the gym
The best HIIT training formats, like Skillrun Bootcamp or Skillathletic, are taught by qualified trainers and are performed in a group, making the whole atmosphere more engaging and fun, while providing an effective and sweat-inducing workout that is sure to hit the right objective.
Furthermore, the best HIIT workout aims for Total Body Performance, which makes your whole body move through a series of complex exercises.
You will see that if you stay true to your objectives, you will multiply the effects of your workout, leaving you some extra time you can enjoy out of the gym.