80-20 Rule… ON STEROIDS!

by Timothy on April 15, 2011

Take the 80-20 Rule to the next level…

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The 80-20 Rule

The Pareto Principle – also known as the 80-20 Rule – is a very powerful concept.

When we realize that a small percentage of our efforts generate the vast majority of our results, we can do more of those things, and eliminate everything else that isn’t really making a difference.

The 80-20 Rule… ON STEROIDS!

What if we could go to the next level, though? What if we did 80-20 on top of 80-20? Only did the best 20 of the best 20? A 10-hour day would become 40 minutes, and we would still 80% of 80% of results… 64%. Not bad for 40 mins of work…


I’m going to try working 40 crazy-intense focused minutes for every workday reamaining in this month, and we’ll see what happens! Not to say that I won’t do other work during the other hours of the day… just that I will commit 40 mins each day to the most game-changing, HUGELY leveraged activities I can possibly think of.

Let’s see what happens!

Tim :)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mladen Ryhard April 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I’m looking forward to you graphing your results and sharing them on the blog. The results will be, without a doubt, impressive!

Best Regards,


Timothy April 19, 2011 at 6:17 am

Nice :)

Because I’m focusing on 40 mins per day of GAME-CHANGING activity, there isn’t much that’s modest about these efforts… it’s swinging for the fence every time… so I fully expect to BREAK my tracking system because of “results overload”… bring it on!

(so yes – I will share whatever I can – whatever is left of my graphs!)

Tim :)


Nathan Ryhard July 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hi Tim,

How did this work out for you? I’m curious to see what you experienced by putting an earnest 40hrs a day into those game-changing activities.

Best Regards,


Timothy July 29, 2011 at 3:59 am

Hey Nathan,

Not even sure how to reply… it seems like a total blur since I wrote this post and did the video back on April 15. It’s only been 3 months, but it feels almost like a lifetime ago.

I can’t say for sure if I’ve strictly stuck to 40 defined minutes per day, but it sure feels like it. I ended up doing something called “Power Hour” with my friend Mark. It went like this:

– We would set aside a shared 1-hr time block.
– first 10 mins we would call each other and say what “game-changing” activity we would do for the next 40 mins.
– for 40 mins we would do it, really go for it
– the last 10 mins we would call each other back and report on our results

…we both got TONS out of this work. And because of those sessions, I now find myself deeply intrenched in a very steep learning curve… power hour forced me out of my comfort zone to discover many things…. and now I am learning about how to implement those things.

Truly it forced me to step out of my comfort zone, gain new experience and knowledge, and re-assess many aspects of my business strategy.

I won’t say much more than that… but I am very excited to say that it’s going to be huge :)



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