How To Get It All Done – The 80/20 Rule

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How do I get it all done?

I don’t.

Yes, I am managing partner for my 3 doctor ophthalmology practice, have 3 kids, serve on 3 non-profit Boards, co-founded a women’s medical conference, etc. But….

It’s not about doing EVERTHING.  It’s about doing the right things.

It’s am important distinction.  And, one I teach my kids even now.  Because I think it’s important that children know that they don’t have to do EVERYTHING to succeed.  That they learn from early on that running yourself ragged is not the answer. We can’t keep cramming things in.  It’s just not possible.

It starts here. 

So, I follow Pareto’s Principle AKA the 80/20 Rule. What’s that? 

It’s the idea that 80% of your benefits are derived from 20% of your activities.  It is the unequal relationship between inputs and outputs.

This principle can be applied to many different scenarios. Human resources, manufacturing, wealth, but also to time management. It’s well known in the field of entrepreneurship and business but not as known in medicine.

I think when we start recognizing that a small minority of what we do has a disproportionately large benefit, then we can stop holding ourselves to this impossible standard that we most do it ALL.

Because that’s not possible.

I talk about how I apply the 80/20 Rule to my practice, my family and yes, even my self-care time on Episode 17 of the It’s Good To See You podcast.

What 20% of what you do gives you 80% of your joy?


I'm Rupa Wong.

Hi! I'm Dr. Rupa Wong. Physician. Private Practice Owner. Mama to 3 kids. Managing Partner. Educator. Textbook Author. Conference Co-Founder. Mentor. I am more than just one thing, even as a doctor and I bet you are too. I would love to help you envision the life you want, and then get after it. What are you waiting for?


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