So how do we relate to this productivity?

The 80/20 rules is an extremely effective tool to analyze your own life and be more productive. Let’s look at an example. Imagine that you have a daily to do list with 10 things to do every day. Using the Pareto principle you will figure out what are the 2 most important things that will give you the majority of your results. And once you figure that one out you want to spend 80% of your effort on these two things and the rest of the remaining 8 things to do. This mean that if you don’t manage to complete most of the things you wanted to do you will at least get the important things out of the way. The concept is very simple but the ways you can apply it are endless. The point here isn’t numbers but rather to simplify your life and focus on what truly matters