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The Pareto Principle – 80/20 Rule – Do More by Doing Less (animated)

October 9, 2019

Have you ever been interested in becoming
more productive or managing your time better? Then you’ve most likely come across the Pareto
Principle before, also known as the 80/20 rule. If you’ve never heard of it, then you’ll learn
more about it in this video. The Pareto principle states that in any situation,
20 percent of the inputs or activities, are responsible for 80 percent of the outputs
or results. And I’ll explain what that means in a second. The principle was named after an Italian economist,
Vilfredo Pareto. He first observed this law in his own garden. What he noticed was that 20% of the pea pods
generated 80% of the healthy peas. This observation led him to discover that
80% of the land in Italy was owned by just 20% of the population. And we can even see this concept everywhere
in our daily lives. For example: You wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. In a book, 20% of its pages contain 80% of
the most important information. 20% of the company’s customers, produce 80%
of company’s revenue When it comes to YouTube, 20% percent of my
videos generate 80% of my views and subscribers. The Pareto principle shows up over and over
again, in almost every field. But the inverse is also true. That means that the other 80% is only generating
20% of the results. However you should note that this is not an
universal law, and it can differ in many situations. It’s not always going to be 80/20, it could
be 70/30, 90/10, basically anything. The point is that the majority of results
come from minority of causes. And the minority of results come from the
majority of causes. Now that we’ve established that this principle
does indeed hold true, let’s take a look at how you can use it in your everyday life. Time is our most precious resource. We all have the same amount of time in our
day. But most of us don’t use that time efficiently. There’s a difference between being busy and
being productive. Most people think that working more hours
will get them more results. However it’s not about the time you put in,
it’s about how well you spend that time. If you haven’t applied the Pareto principle
in your life yet, you’re most likely just being busy. However when the principle is utilized correctly
it enables you to do more by doing less. If we go back to our previous example, we said that 20% of a book will give us 80% of the information. That means that 80% of a book will only give
us 20% of its value. Let’s say it takes you 10 hours to read 100%
of that book. By applying the Pareto principle you know
that 80% of the most important information can be found in just 2 hours. Yes, you could go deeper and learn more in
depth if you wanted to, but note that you will most likely have to spend 8 hours to
get those extra 20% of the information. It’s up to you to decide if you think it’s
worth it. If you’re still in school you can also take
advantage of the 80/20 rule. The exams never contain 100% of the content. Never. Otherwise it would be a 50 page exam. You can get a good grade by identifying, which
20% of the content you were studying in class, is the most important. Studying the right topic for two hours will
get you a much better grade, than studying the wrong topic for a whole week. Again, you could reread every single page
of the textbook and get that 100%. But if being a top student is not your priority,
then it just might not be worth your time. You can even do a Pareto analysis on your
friendships. What you’re most likely to find is that 20%
of the friends, give you 80% of your fulfillment and joy, that you get from social interactions. The other 80% of your so called “friends”
are only giving you 20% fulfillment. Now you don’t have to cut away those friendships
completely, but you don’t have to spend an equal amount of time with all your companions. It’s much better to have a few close friends,
than to have a bunch of really distant friends. This is why you should spend more time on
the 20% that give you the most satisfaction, and commit less time to the other 80%. And that pretty much sums up the Pareto principle
aka the 80/20 rule. It can be applied to almost any area of your
life, whether it’s business or free time. If you can identify the 20% that produces
the greatest outcome, you can spend more time doing that, to create an even greater pay-off. It also helps you cut back on the 80% of things
that waste your time, which create only 20% of the results. It encourages you to think efficiently and
focus on what is actually important. So think about what are some of the things
that you could double down on, and which ones you should eliminate. Let me know how are you going to use the 80/20
rule in the comments below. For example I have noticed that I use 20%
of my shoes 80% of the time. This is why I threw the 80% I wasn’t using away, because all they were doing is taking up my space. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed
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  • Reply Luthfi Prawiro May 3, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    80% of the groupwork did by 20% of the members

  • Reply rahul mzd55 May 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    20% of my girlfriends have produced 80% of my kids

  • Reply junior May 3, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I agree that the 80/20 rule is very useful, but I don't agree that is that linear as the video says.

    For instance, despite the fact that I agree that a book may have the most important information in 20% of its pages, you don't get the same result going straight to these pages because context that the other pages gives you is, sometimes, very important in order to really understand the 20% most important pages.

    In the example of the shoes, I do use 80% more one of my shoes when 80% of the time the weather gives me conditions to do so. If I donate my other shoes than I would no longer have impermeable shoes for rain, or lightweight shoes for cycling (what I don't do 80% of the time, hence I don't use it as much). Other than that, when the season changes, it also changes the amount of time I use each of my shoes, balancing the amount the time I use all of them during the year.

    It's not linear, but indeed an important rule.

  • Reply Peter Iyenkutty May 3, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    You can use this principle in cost control
    You take care of your high cost items, that's 20%
    That will take care of your 80% of your problem
    Pareto is part of six sigma
    If you implement this, definitely you can see a reault

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  • Reply Riqochet Rose Tarot May 3, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    This was an awesome assessment!

  • Reply Megan Marie May 4, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Isn’t the 80/20 rule something in marketing too? Or maybe I’m just thinking about something else

  • Reply Sailor May 4, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Tell me 20% of my syllabus which would come in exam.

  • Reply Aleah Padgett May 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    So basically… “quality over quantity”.

  • Reply MrKaiyooo May 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    University has a 10/90 rule. You learn all 10 weeks in the last one week.

  • Reply Strive to Happy May 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    This video would be 80% more useful if it actually showed how to identify the 20%

  • Reply Adriana K May 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

    But in this case, shouldn't we then only invest ourselves 20% in friendships, so that we get 80% of these friendships? Or if I really like someone, does that mean I should invest 20% of my time and energy on that person so that he gives me the 80% ?

  • Reply Haris M May 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    As a soft principle – 20/80 might be worth a thought – but it can't be applied to everything in life as an exact science. There are always nuances – for example If I only fill my fuel tank to 20 % – will it get me 80 % of the way ? I doubt it…If I charge my electric car to 20% – it definately won't get me 80% of the way there. I could go on and on…. In short I think the point is to worker smarter not harder…

  • Reply Kam Singh May 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I applied 80/20 rule to my sex life, 2 minutes is all you need.

  • Reply Tytanium power May 6, 2019 at 5:18 pm

  • Reply SPAMALOT Camelot May 7, 2019 at 2:32 am

    I find it hard to believe that you’ve made over a million

  • Reply mdd1963 May 7, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I watched 3%, and gave up on the video's premise of having any worthwhile facts to dispense whatsoever….

  • Reply KJV May 8, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Instead of throwing away 80 % of your shoes . You could give it to kids in other countries who live 99% of their lives barefoot.

  • Reply Yazuki Wolf May 8, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    How would you apply this to an 8 hr work day? I definitely feel like some hours of my day are being wasted in there

  • Reply Jeanne Morgue May 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I shit you not I thought this was a dominos commercial when I scrolled past this

  • Reply Alexander Zinchenko May 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    this video could be 1:31 minutes long

  • Reply Berm Soodlor May 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    True. Anyway it needs our judgement whether we achieve 80% or not. I would stop spending the rest 80% of my time if I could. I often fail to do this because I spent 100% resource for the 100% result or less.

  • Reply Berm Soodlor May 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    95% of my health is made of 5% of time spending for exercises.

  • Reply Mike Papadopoulos May 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    We have 5 fingers and the 20% (thumb) of them makes the 80% of the job done everyday

  • Reply Shailendra Singh May 31, 2019 at 7:01 am

    V nice summary

  • Reply Tim Time June 3, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I'm pretty sure Walmart used this principal to conquer the world.

  • Reply Tin Nguyen June 14, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this useful data! Greatly appreciated.

  • Reply yashi porwal June 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    20%of a ? pizza gives you 80%of the satisfaction

  • Reply Ihsan Pribadi June 26, 2019 at 4:33 am

    great content, well explained, easy to understand. thank you very much.

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  • Reply Herb Vissers July 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Great video

  • Reply RickyBobby BobbyRicky July 5, 2019 at 4:17 am

    We think that this will only apply to good things and good ppl but it can apply to those who commit crime…unfortunately.

  • Reply Pira Dixon July 6, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Aaahhhhh, there is no bell!

  • Reply Chris itsmeyay July 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    The majority of spoken English uses only the most common 1000 words

  • Reply Daniël Kneefel July 11, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I could have watched 20% of this video to understand 80% of the most important information, and your telling me that just now XD

  • Reply Nicky Nunn July 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I read 80 % of a new novel, i totally missed where the novel was set and why the ending meant so much to the main character . Im now 70% confused and 30% out of pocket.

  • Reply MiamiPush2theLimit July 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I disagree.

  • Reply Bekah Rraine July 30, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Summary: some things matter and some don't. Figure out which is which and do those. So

  • Reply ComPassos TV August 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm


  • Reply iliriacum666 August 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    20% of men fuck 80% of women!

  • Reply jidoe August 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    The book example is flawed. How am I supposed to know which 20% of the book will provide 80% of its value?

  • Reply Jo 08 August 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    80% if the info in this video is irrelevant

  • Reply BlackAngloSaxon August 17, 2019 at 5:18 am

    20% percent of a guitar solo is all you need for a hit song. Sorry neoclassical shredders.

  • Reply Ben Mu August 18, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Let the principle be the principle, most of us know this 20/80 rule. But how to achieve this optimal situation? How?

  • Reply BlackSilhouette August 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I thought you said con artist for a second

  • Reply Alek Rous August 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I practice guitar and piano this way. 20% is practicing techniques and 80% would play songs. Instead playing/practice songs I practice my technique and that maks me able to plal 20% of 80% songs in the world. Same with music production..instead to concentrate on the perfect sound quality I produce a blue print of the song what takes 20% and pay a mixing service. In this time i create 2 new ideas and I lern faster how to make a good song. The mix could be done by someone else but not the song idea if u want it to be your work.

  • Reply mehfoos August 31, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    80% of comments push the Pareto rule too far, and 20% of them are funny.

  • Reply Saadon Aksah September 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

    identify the 20%.. ok got it!

  • Reply Dries Ketels September 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    "Out of every 100 men you send to fight,

    10 shouldn't even be there,

    80 are nothing but targets,

    9 are the real fighters, we're lucky to have them for they make the battle,

    Ah but the 1, that 1 is a true warrior, and he will bring the others back."

    — Heraclitus.

  • Reply Ken Potter September 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    80% of my clothes permanently waste 95% of my drawer space.

  • Reply dan ricci September 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Which four of my five fingers on each hand should i cut off?

  • Reply nsbhater September 10, 2019 at 10:15 pm


  • Reply cha thor September 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I tried the 20/80 rule at work. Ended up not working 100 percent.

  • Reply Entertainment Tubes September 11, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    80 rational 20 emotional

  • Reply dark light September 13, 2019 at 9:21 am

    you wear uggs? you should throw them away.

  • Reply Joanne M September 15, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Eat 20% of the usual food at a single sitting produces 80% of the fat loss results.

  • Reply Keith XD September 16, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Reading the glossary of the book will give you 80 percent of the content !!!

  • Reply Ben Song September 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    No this is a cherry picked self-justification. The percentages only recently got that high because the gap has been rising out of control for two decades. If we lived 1950-1980 that wouldn’t be close to true. Was that time period “wrong” does “nature” work “sometimes?” The Pareto Principle is a pseudo-scientific, pseudo-historical urban legend invented by a management consultant in 1974 to, wait for it, sell consulting. Pareto never had anything to do with it.

  • Reply Will G September 17, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    10% of this video gave me 90% of the information

  • Reply og badess September 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    How true is this????

  • Reply Eugene Gorman September 19, 2019 at 7:36 am

    20% of my body is doing reps for jesus.

    The other 80% is doing shots for the devil.

    Mad gainz.

  • Reply Sung Shin September 19, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Lol so basically focus on the important stuff in anything and use your time wisely. Easier said than done. Life is hard folks.

  • Reply Brian Samphs September 19, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I feel like I could have gotten 80% of the gist of this video in 1 min and 19 s.

  • Reply Qrayon September 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    How do you figure out which 20% of the book provides the most necessary info without reading the whole book? That's what I'd like to know.

  • Reply Mohammed Aman September 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm


  • Reply Intellect, reason&Logic Use your brain September 21, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Silly rule

  • Reply Almost, but not entirely, Unreasonable September 22, 2019 at 11:30 am

    The law of diminishing returns: like when you live on the couch, then a 20% increase in movement will provide an 80% improvement in your well-being…….yet when you are an Olympic athlete, 80% increase in 'movement' is required for a 20% increase in improved performance…..
    In Corporate, this is called 'incremental improvement' and is the single biggest reason why CEO's are replaced within years, not decades.

  • Reply Jolly Holly September 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    But… putting in the extra 20% is what distinguishes "good" from "great".

  • Reply mehak khakra September 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Living for his accent???

  • Reply Self Development Quest September 23, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Love the 80-20 principle. I learned more about it's concepts from The 4-Hour Workweek. Great book, and this is a great video!

  • Reply vinh quoc September 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    My insurance was rebated a little money to me by using 80/20 rule. It lead me to this video 🙂

  • Reply marlon [email protected] September 24, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I always love this concept

  • Reply Atheist Cory September 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm


  • Reply Lachi110 September 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    As far as I remember, Pareto developed this principle in his function as a sociologist, after his career as engeneer and economist 😉

  • Reply De Badulkhan Raul September 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    80% watching video
    20% understanding

    Lol jk more like

    70% Understanding
    15% Refocusing
    05% reading comments

  • Reply Peter Piperman September 27, 2019 at 10:22 am

    in the military 5% of the people did 90% of the work and 90% of the people were trying to get out of work putting more work into getting out of work then the work demanded

  • Reply Mike C September 28, 2019 at 5:51 am

    In the example of a book….
    Is it fiction or non-fiction?

    In a work of fiction, especially, it may be true that 80% of the story will be found in 20% of the pages, but, if you find the well crafted language or insights in the other 80% of the pages enjoyable to read, well then, they may be just as valuable to you.

    In other words, there are other reasons to read beyond simply gathering info.

    Overall though, this Perato principle is new to me, and interesting.

  • Reply Minh Phương Vũ September 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks a lot for the useful video!

  • Reply Juan Paulo September 29, 2019 at 9:55 am

    presentation was good its just that I don't get the principle. 🙁

  • Reply Zeno's Grasshopper September 30, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I've referred a bunch of people to your channel. Hopefully 20% of them watch your videos 80% of the time!

  • Reply Just Say No to Pseudoscience September 30, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I will use the rule for watching YouTube videos, including yours.

  • Reply Magnetic Fishing Madness September 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    yeah…. wont work for marriage. that 100/100

  • Reply Aussie Fan 04 October 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Books are always worth it

  • Reply Dylan Fan October 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    20% of foreplay gives you 80% returns in pleasure… Forget that 20%…you will not get to enjoy the 80%.

  • Reply Rada Cat October 2, 2019 at 2:16 am


  • Reply Murodjon Ismailov October 2, 2019 at 4:47 am

    In my opinion, the author has to be more accurate by saying that someone can manage his time because this is myth. No one can manage his time because time does not depend on anyone. All you can and have to control is your energy and motivation. You have to stay conscious when you do smth that’s all.

  • Reply Kitten Katt October 3, 2019 at 9:35 am

    We only have one thing. It's not time and it's not our body. It is our attention. Your attention is the one "thing" you have. Use it well. Give your attention to thoughts and feelings that please you. Observe displeasing thoughts and feelings, but don't try to fix them or demand they go away. Simply remember that you can give your attention to something else.

    Approach life like an art gallery. If you like something, give it your attention. If something does not connect with you or displeases you, pass it by. Don't try to change the art, don't demand that it be destroyed or taken off display. Simply move on and give your attention to what does appeal to you. This is how you listen to your heart/soul and go with the flow of life.

  • Reply unknown sender October 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Basically you're saying to reduce time waste. Identify the wasted efforts and time and eliminate that and spend more time on the things that are giving you results?

  • Reply BakerMom3 October 4, 2019 at 12:57 am

    20% of world’s wealthiest generated 80% of the manufactured problems in the world.

  • Reply Abdul Basir October 4, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Watching this video falls also under 80-20 rule, spending your 20% time on such great video and become effective to produce 80% results in life…

  • Reply Vegas.Bound October 6, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I will kick 100% of your ass.

  • Reply Gabriel October 6, 2019 at 7:09 am

    You sound allot like the secret mindset one of my favorite dudes. Just happened to notice this 😉

  • Reply Dijus Gabrielius Ramanauskas October 6, 2019 at 10:40 am

    20% videos in the youtube (like this one), 80% of most useful vids.

  • Reply Manu datu October 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    thank you, i listen to your videos while driving to work. i really like your voice

  • Reply Masca Trails October 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    shouldve just watched 20% of this video

  • Reply Fearghus Keitz October 7, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I wear the vast majority of my clothes at very nearly equal rates. I prefer some clothes but that doesn’t mean I wear only them, otherwise I’d waste lots of time doing a small amount of laundry.

  • Reply Fun Fun October 7, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    That was truly eye opening. Thank you.

  • Reply Rose October 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much, best explanation .

  • Reply ZEUXX October 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I wear 1% of my clothes 100% of the time

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