How to use Pareto’s 80/20 heuristic to hack your happiness

Doing the right thing (at any level of skill) is better than doing the wrong thing well. But how do you know you are doing the right thing for you in the first place?

The Pareto 80/20 “principle” is a heuristic rule of thumb that can help you identify the “right” thing for you to do. It states that:
80% (or more) of the results come from 20% (or less) of the causes

For example:
20% of clients provide 80% of the profit (cherish them - getting new clients is hard) 
20% of clients make 80% of the trouble (these are usually not the profitable 20% - fire them) 
20% of people do 80% of the work 
20% of product features get used 80% of the time

Applied to personal productivity the Pareto principle states that:
20% of your time supplies 80% of your productivity (guard it well)
80% of your happiness happened in 20% of your time
80% of your achievements came from 20% of your actions

Richard Koch has outlined a practical exercise on how to to apply Pareto’s law for identifying “Happiness Islands” in one’s life:
-Identify your happiness & achievement islands (and also your desert islands when you were unhappy & stagnant) 
-Find emergent patterns and themes among the positive islands and plan to create more experiences like them 
-Eliminate, reduce or outsource the negative desert islands and associated themes

Use to following tables to perform your own personal happiness Pareto analysis:

Happy hunting:)