For the first time ever, I’m doing an end of year review (which I encourage everyone to try).
One of the questions I’ve found helpful to think about is: How can I apply the 80/20 rule to my life?
The 80/20 rule (at least in some variety) is a universal law. Whether it’s 80/20, 70/30, 90/10… you see it everywhere:
- 10% of the world holds 85% of its wealth
- 20% of people commit 80% of crimes
- You’ll wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time…
This too applies to (my) life—
- 20% of work leads to 80% of accomplishment
- 20% of people result in 80% of happiness (also applies inversely)
- 20% of activities will result in 80% of bad health
So in what meaningful ways have I/can I apply this?
🎙 Podcast editing. In my first 5–10 interviews, I edited out every ‘um’ and silence. This took ages
. Whilst working out how to make this project sustainable (and fun) — I asked myself: “What would it look like if this was easy?
”. Now I probably put in 30% of the effort into each episode to get 90% of the result.
💉 I’ve made no notes this year, relying completely on question banks. We’ll find out if this has worked in August…
I also thought about which 20% of knowledge (that I don’t currently have) would be the most helpful on wards. I’ve always felt like I suck at interpreting CXRs/ECGs so I’ve worked on those this holiday.
🤜 🤛 I’ve thought about which personal relationships bring me the disproportionate happiness — I think it’s probably a 30/80 split. I’m committed to focusing on those 30% of people.
These are some other questions I’ve asked myself in the end of year review for inspiration—
What was my overall rating for the year? What went well? Room for improvement?
How am I different between last year and this?
Three things I’m grateful for?
What can I start doing daily that I’ll be grateful for in 12 months?
Three goals and specific ways of achieving them?
What are my loonshots? Goals I think are impossible but would love to achieve?