The 80/20 Rule – Maximize Results With Limited Time!

Happy Saturday!!!

Another week flies by. 

I don’t know about you, but time seems to go by quicker and quicker, and oftentimes, I am unable to get everything I need done.

Working 50+ hours a week, you need to be really savvy about your time management, so today, I wanted to talk about how to allocate your time to produce the most results.

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?

The 80-20 rule, commonly known as the Pareto Principle, is a principal that says that a significant majority of results (or outputs) are derived from a minority of causes (or inputs).

This principle suggests that 80% of results come from 20% of efforts or inputs.

By focusing on the most important tasks and activities that yield the greatest results, you can work smarter, not harder.

To apply the 80/20 rule effectively, it is important to identify and prioritize the key tasks that will have the biggest impact on your goals. By implementing this principle into your daily routine, you can streamline your work processes, increase efficiency, and ultimately achieve greater success.

If time is an issue for you, I recommend sitting down and recognizing the critical factors that drive your business’s success; those factors should be given the utmost attention and resources. If you need help with this, just comment below or hit contact above, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I am lucky to have a team of coaches to help me figure out what I should do next and what tasks are the priority, so if you are not sure what tasks that 20% of your time will produce 80% of your outcome, then reach out.

For me and many other affiliate marketers, emails are one of those tasks. 

This rule serves as a guideline, not an inflexible mathematical law.

A common error is to assume that if 20% of factors are prioritized, the remaining 80% can be ignored – this is not accurate.

When you are working a 9 to 5, have a family, responsibilities, and starting an online business from scratch it is important to have a plan and know exactly what to focus on, so you can be efficient with your efforts to yield maximal results.

A good exercise is to sit down and really understand your business, what generates the most income, what goals are you trying to accomplish.

Once you recognize the factors that yield the highest impact, set SMART goals, break them down into tasks, and dedicate and prioritize time for these tasks. 

Leverage your business’s most significant assets to create maximum value.

Life happens, and things are going to get thrown your way. Another exercise you can do is organize your tasks into four buckets: urgent, Not Urgent, Important, and Not Important.

There are 168 hours in a week. Realize that not everything is urgent and not everything is important. Realize when to say no. Stop doing the easy tasks to get them out of your way, and truly identify the urgent and important tasks — and do those now! 

In the fast-paced world we live in, effective time management is essential for productivity and success. Start by identifying and focusing on the most important tasks that yield the greatest results, and you will be astounded with how much you actually get done. 

Stop spending hours lost in emails, organizing them into folders, or scrolling through social media. Start prioritizing tasks based on their importance and impact!

Streamline your workflow and increase efficiency. Implementing the 80/20 rule in your daily routine can lead to better time management, increased productivity, and, ultimately, greater success, and isn’t that what we want? Less time spent working with greater results!

This week I got two reviews as I submitted questions to Sophie & Glen to ask them to do a deep dive into my organic traffic methods. I finally watched the video from the Dean of May’s monthly review. The advice I got from everyone was so valuable. Do less and focus more on specific tasks. Dean and Sophie told me to focus on my emails. Sophie also said for organic methods to keep blogging and follow Glen’s blog hoping strategy.

Sophie also recommended that I replace my linktree link with a link to my lead magnet on all my social media bios, so I updated those!

Want to check out my lead magnet that I am giving away on my Facebook Lead Ad? Snag your copy by clicking here. And if you join you can get an insider peak at my email sequence that I have been working on.
Utilizing the 80/20 rule. I will want to allocate most of my time currently to emails and continue to do my weekly blog posts and blog hopping.

With this feedback, I know exactly what to do and how to utilize my limited time to generate big results!

Are you stuck or struggling? Don’t know what steps to take? Then reach out to me by commenting below or the contact button above. I am here to help! We can figure out what to spend your time on, what goals you want to accomplish and the steps to take to get to them!

My goal for June is to make a commission, even if it is $1.00!!! I want to see if my emails are working and if I am attracting the right people to my list!

There are two weeks left in the month, so let’s make this happen!!!

Will I do it? Stay tuned to find out.

Until next time,

Alison Blaire

P.S. Here if you need anything so don’t hesitate to reach out, let’s ride from rookie to riches together!!!!



18 Responses

  1. Time really does fly, especially when you’re juggling a full-time job, family, and diving into your business. Your insights on the 80/20 rule makes so much sense—focusing on the tasks that brings the most results is key to working smart, not just hard.
    It’s clear you’re determined to make strides in your online business, aiming for that first commission by the end of June. Keep up the momentum, stay focused on what matters most, and you’ll achieve those goals in no time! If you ever need a sounding board or guidance on prioritizing tasks, count on your community for support. Here’s to a productive and successful month ahead! Don’t blink or another week will pass!

  2. Hi Alison,
    Believe it or not, one of the company’s I had with my business partner was actually called 80/20. Truly believe in Pareto’s law and it does apply to anything – from time management to anything else.
    20% of your customers will generate 80% of your revenues… 20% of your efforts will generate 80% of your revenues… (I wonder why there’s always the portion of money here? LOL!)
    Makes great sense and your blog truly provides us with the basic tool that we should be looking at using to generate the money (here it is again LOL) that we all want to be making!
    All the best!

  3. Hi, Alison!
    I’ve never heard this 80/20 concept described so well.
    I’ve used the idea to plan my week and block my time. What I planned to do looks very different from what I expected before I read your article. It will take some time to wrap my head around this idea to put it into practice.
    It’s one of those that can be explained but not understood until you do it.
    I’ll be coming back to your article again and again. It is the best explanation of the concept I’ve found!
    Nakina Lawson recently posted…Applying the K. I. S. S. Principle to Affiliate MarketingMy Profile

  4. Hi Allison, as I was an “everything is urgent” person for most of my life, I am a living testimonial to doing it the wrong way. While I still struggle at times to prioritize what’s most important, I’m much better at it than ever before. Doing so has provided great benefits. Anxiety is reduced and important things get done. Reading Richard Koch’s “The 80/20 Principle” is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn the strategy. Thanks for your post, Michael

    1. Thank you for sharing your journey Michael! It’s inspiring to hear how prioritizing has positively impacted your life. Reducing anxiety and focusing on what’s truly important are invaluable benefits. “The 80/20 Principle” is indeed a classic – highly recommended for anyone looking to improve their productivity. I’m glad you found value in my post; feel free to share any additional tips you’ve discovered along the way!

  5. I like the urgent/not urgent way to organize tasks. Mindless scrolling and reading/deleting emails is a crazy use of time. I do have to check my email for several job opportunities I applied for. But other than that, it’s time for a productivity plan, mapped out day by day.

    My you tube channel is my priority, and I learn something everyday to add to the future success of the channel. The email sequences have me stalled, but I’ll get to it.

  6. Awesome, Alison. I love the 80/20 rule and prioritization, and the way you explained it. You are practicing what you preach as you have a very busy life but are able to focus and be successful as a rooking going to riches. I do find myself getting lost and distracted in the 80% nonessential tasks and have to come back to what is important. So applicable to everyone. I look forward to your next game of wisdom.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you found my explanation of the 80/20 rule helpful. It’s definitely a game-changer for staying focused amidst a busy life. It’s natural to get distracted by nonessential tasks, but recognizing and refocusing is half the battle. Keep at it – you’re doing great!

  7. Hi Alison,

    I loved reading your post. The 80/20 rule is such a game-changer for productivity. It’s amazing how much more you can accomplish by focusing on the tasks that really move the needle. Your tips on prioritizing and organizing tasks are super helpful, especially for those of us juggling multiple responsibilities.

    I appreciate your transparency about your own journey and the advice from Dean, Sophie, and Glen. It’s great to hear how you’re applying their feedback and seeing real results. I’m definitely inspired to take a closer look at my own time management and see where I can make improvements.

    Best of luck with your goal for June! I’m sure you’ll hit that commission and then some. Looking forward to your next update!

    Meredith Moore recently posted…Balancing Productivity With Work & Family Adventures: A Week in ReviewMy Profile

  8. Alison,
    I love the concept of the 80/20 rule! I’m always looking for ways to boost my productivity, so I’m definitely going to adapt this idea. It makes so much sense to focus on the tasks that bring the most results. By the way, it’s awesome to see your Lead Ad up and running. I’m excited to hear about your first commission. Good luck!
    Sherri Pulcino recently posted…Affiliate Marketing and the Workout MurphMy Profile

  9. This post perfectly illustrates how the 80/20 rule can transform time management for an online business.

    By identifying and focusing on the most impactful tasks, I’ve been able to streamline my workflow, boost productivity, and see significant results.

    Prioritizing key activities, like optimizing my copy creation, has maximized my output without spreading myself too thin.

    It’s a game-changer for balancing a busy schedule while building a successful online presence.

    One of my key phrases is ” Beware, the urgent is not always important, and the important is not always urgent!”

    Thanks Alsion for the insightful tips!
    Tony Simms recently posted…Enough is enough!My Profile

  10. Hi Alison,

    Love the 80/20 PP as it’s a great reminder that much of what we get preoccupied with may not be what we need to do to grow our business!

    This is key to helping you stay on track for someone like you who juggles multiple responsibilities.

    It’s a crucial reminder to focus on the most impactful tasks. Identifying and prioritizing these key activities can help us work smarter, not harder.

    It is great that you have identified your key priorities of focusing on emails and continuing your blog efforts.
    Updating your social media bios with a link to your lead magnet is brilliant.

    All the best,
    Eleanor Hope recently posted…Core Values Are Guiding PrinciplesMy Profile

  11. Hi Alison,
    Such a great read for me… I needed to read this!
    The 80/20 rule is something I think will help me considerably so thanks for sharing this 🙂
    I also liked the advice you about changing your Linktree with a lead magnet link. I may just do that as well.
    I’m surprised and happy for you that you can be so busy with work, family, life, and still make time for your biz!
    Awesome work!
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  12. Hi Alison – I had significant computer tissues this last week, but I just had to come to your blog to see your content once my computer issues were resolved. And, I am so happy that I did! Time management is a challenge for a lot of people, and I often find that it is something that I need to work on in order to accomplish what I need to accomplish in the time that I need to accomplish the task. That was a lot of accomplishes in that sentence ha ha ha ha. 🙂 Your ideas are spot on and a nice reminder for me but also some new concepts. I’m rooting for you! I look forward to your post that comes out soon. Thank you for your caring nature and willingness to support those of us just starting out in this business. Have a wonderful day!
    Ernie recently posted…Progressive WindmillsMy Profile

    1. Ernie, I am so sorry you had a lot of computer issues, and I am incredible grateful to hear that my blog post helped you! If you need any additional time management tools please let me know, there are a lot of great ways to approach it and utilize the hours in the day and I am happy to help in any way I can.

  13. Alison, It sounds like you’re really focused on optimising your time management to maximise productivity! The 80/20 rule you mentioned, also known as the Pareto Principle, is indeed a powerful concept for prioritising tasks that yield the most significant results. By concentrating on the 20% of efforts that generate 80% of outcomes, you’re working smarter, not harder. It’s great that you’re identifying key tasks like emails and blog posts as top priorities, aligning them with your business goals and striving for tangible results. Keep up the strategic approach and you’ll likely see the outcomes you’re aiming for! Thanks, Atif
    Atif Perwiz recently posted…Affiliate Marketing Tools & Resources – What is it and what can it do for me?….Part 3/3My Profile

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