richard koch pareto principle

The Pareto Principle to Improve Your Life

This quarantine period gave me time to catch up with my reading list. My newfound treasure is the 80/20 principle by Richard Koch. Basically the book’s main point is that in every aspect of our lives, 80% of the results are from the 20% of effort, time, and other resources that we put in.

So in skincare, only 20% of your skincare products actually produce good results. In fitness, only 20% of your workouts produce the results you aim for. Lastly, in your work or any personal endeavor, you may seem to be ‘very busy’, but only 20% of your activities are making you closer to your goal.

So how do we deal with this? The first part is the most difficult. Deep thinking and reflection are actually strenuous, you might as well use that as your workout! Haha. You just have to look at whatever you are doing right now and ask yourself if it is producing the results you are expecting. If not? Change it. Capitalize on the 20% that actually works.

I’ll give you a glimpse of how this works for me.

In my skincare routine, I dished out on all products that didn’t show huge improvements in 3 weeks. As of now, I have 2-3 products that help me achieve clear and shine-free skin.

Instead of engaging with all my followers, I only engage with the active ones (that’s 20%), this way I also build more meaningful connections.

In my workouts, I focused more on strength training and progressive overload and removed ‘chill’ workouts such as outdoor walk or jogs.


In my ‘readings’, I removed most of the fiction (because it’s just making me dramatic lol) and focused on books that improve the way I think and how I live my life.

Basically that’s it. Capitalize on whatever resources you have, especially that 20% because it’s what going to give you real-life results.

Until you read from me again.

Author: juliandee