Why Long Term Goals Make or Break You
Josh Ramos

The Pareto principle or 80–20 rule for friends

When you start developing something, but get lost in the middle of…

If you are a creative person or maybe a Freelancer who loves developing something for himself, you maybe have experienced the difficulties of keeping focused and finish your work.

The biggest problem when the project requires more than a week of hard work is maintaining the starting excitement.

Keep going is always the hardest part

On my experience the start of a project is the most exciting part, you can feel the energy in the air, the electricity and the mind run fast.
After some paper work you start coding, writing, drawing or building your project, and this is the most creative and fast-growing part of your final result.

Here comes Pareto

Also known as the 80–20 rule, the Pareto principle influences every aspect of our life. Sometimes it passes unnoticed, but in some cases (and this is our case) this law is unbreakable.

Pareto Principle in short
The most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

He has empirically demonstrated that in most cases the proportion is
80% / 20%. This principle is applied to every aspect of life, from business to economics, from ordinary life to software programming.

Software programming

Here is where my Story meets Pareto. Every project where I worked on or I followed was developed at 80% in 20% of the total final time, and the remaining 20% has taken 80% of time to complete everything.

So, if you are not so good in focusing on a long time project and you want to keep the momentum in developing something, you better think to Pareto in advance and prepare yourself when 80% of the work seems completed and you start to calm down, thinking “I’m soon to complete, I can take a break”.

When 80% arrives, here you have to work hard.
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