Applying the 80/20 Rule To Life

Recently I’ve been listening to Jay Ferruggia’s Renegade Radio podcast.  Jay is a bodybuilder and trainer in NYC who talks quite a bit about the 80/20 Rule and how it applies to life in general.  Today I’ll explain what it 8s and how we can view every aspect of our lives this way.

The 80/20 Rule

Before we get into applying the 80/20 Rule, let’s define what we’re talking about.

“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.”

Simply put, getting your ass moving and and being devoted towards completing the vital things you’re trying to accomplish just 20% of the time typically yields 80% of the results you’ll see.

I’ll admit at first I was a bit skeptical of this claim. I’m the type of guy that thinks you should be firing at 100% efficiency at all times.  That said the more I looked at things in my life, the more the 80/20 Rule seemed to show up.



How many hours do we typically spend at the gym per week?  5? 8? Yet it is integral for you to get there and busy your ass for those gains.  Even going just 5 days a week can get you impressive results.  Granted you have to work hard for it, but it’s feasible for anyone.

The same can apply for your diet.  I spend a good two hours doing meal prep for the week to ensure I get healthy, wholesome food to eat each week.  It takes up a chunk of time, but saves me so much in the long run.

The funny thing about the 80/20 Rule is it works in the opposite way too.  Sticking with diet, if you eat healthy 80% of the time, that piece of candy or a mixed drink isn’t going to affect you so much.

Time Management

Giving anything 100% of your time will left you feeling burnt out.  If you absolutely kill it 80% of the time then set aside 20% for downtime and leisure you hey things accomplished and you still feel like you can have fun.

On the other side, only focusing on 20% of what you need to get done will leave you scrambling to get 80% of what you are trying to accomplish.


This more closely aligns with the original 80/20 Rule as it applies to business.  Basically while not a fixed figure, it’s said that 80% of the money you make on investment comes from about 20% of your portfolio.  This can be different for everyone, but in my own life it seems to hold true.


The 80/20 Rule can be found and applied in many ways. The more I analyze my life and decisions, the more I realize just how much it tends to show up.  I kept this article short today as to not repeat myself or bore the reader.  I think most of you get it and can see how the 80/20 Rule applies.  Drop a comment on how you’ve seen this show up in your life.


-J. Nyx


Author: Jnyx

Fitness addict, DIY guru, tech nerd, member of Memesters Local 419.