Texts From Vilfie - 04

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The Student - A day of a pareto DOER

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If you didn't read it yet, check out the "DONTER" version of this history, previously published here in the blog.

Let's see how it goes the pareto DOER student's day:

Morning: Wakes up almost together with the alarm, refreshed, as it he/she didn't had to study late at night. The homework was already done at 5 PM the day before, in a focused 1-hour session. The student makes his own natural breakfast and allows him/herself to a candy treat, for his exercise habits are really been successful.

The student arrives at school a little earlier than the math test time and clears some doubts about the subject with friends. Test goes well and the grade is really good.

Afternoon: Home again, he/she starts to receive the college application confirmations, as he had already set out the priority to send them before everybody else in his class.

As school studies are

Night: As he/she had already done his homework, games and other activities are done guilt-free and with no complaining from parents. The dinner starts, and even some harsh comments are made at table by some relatives, the student helps his family through smoothing the conversation and directing it to the well-being of the family.


Texts From Vilfie - 03

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A Pareto look on worry

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The culture of worry

What was the last time you had a full day with no worries? I know, it is not really common in our society.

But, when did worry became the immediate response to any threat in our lives? Hard to say. The whole concept is somehow misunderstood by most people as a manner of "caring about" or even a "passive way of solving problems".

In fact, as we shed some pareto lights (hehe) over the issue, we see that this culture of worry can be diminished, using simple techniques.

So, what is worry ?

In a nutshell, we could define worry as a personal concern about some issue, which sometimes goes beyond the limits of reasonable and cause severe pain to oneself and possibly to others around him.

Can we say that worry is originated by a wrong thought process? I believe so.

There is a famous saying that goes something like this: "my biggest fears simply didn't actually happened to me". And that is one of the reasons worrying is not a good bet. Maybe it does not happen at all.

Best thing is act instead of worrying. But, act on what? You'll find out right below, padawan.

The 80/20 way to deal with worry

Ok, ok. So, how can the pareto principle help me?

First of all, we must remember: the pareto principle is all about focus on the most valuable for us and discarding what only wastes our time.

In this sense, the sole act of writing down your priorities in any area of life will give you a better understanding about what may or may not be worthy of your thoughtful actions.

Therefore, if something is not a must for you, then it can be delegated or even dismissed at all, freeing space for other more important things and people.

To give an example, if you thought about it and found that some particular business plan is not a priority, you can delegate the actions needed for it to be done, postergate it, or even replace the time you would spent on it with some actually important thing for you, like your family or your personal growth.

The conclusion is simple and somehow cliché. Life is short and you can either act on the things you truly want done or worry about them and also about a bunch more useless goals. Your choice.


Texts From Vilfie - 02

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The Student - A day of a pareto DONTER

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It is not that the life of someone who does not plan according to the pareto principle always sucks. Because it does not. That's why pareto principle is so interesting, it is a principle for helping life and business improvement. It is not a prerequisite for success, but surely a smarter way to reach for it.

In fact, this kind of philosophy is not taught in (most) of schools or even households. That is one of the BIG reasons most people struggle with their everyday activities and also their life planning.

Let's see how it goes a day in a life of a pareto donter.

Morning: Wakes up in a hurry, as he/she forgot to set the alarm to "daily". Put the first clothes he/she sees in the close, grabs some crackers and a bottle of soda and rushes to school. At this point, he/she perceives that his belly is a little bigger than the day before (or is it? days pass so fast that few personal things are really noticed by him/her).

As he/she arrives late in school, because of the lost ride, the math tests had already begun. But the teacher is flexible and lets him/her in. Anyway, it may have been better to have called in sick, for the tests seem written in an unknown language... obviously the confusion will lead to a terrible grade.

Afternoon: "College is getting so closer", he/she thinks, "I must start to send some applications". The student goes back home and just does anything which crosses his/her mind to avoid homework... games, TV series, texting, you name it.

The result is, obviously, a lost afternoon (not his/her first).

Night: Trying to hide from the school duties, he/she goes to the dinning room to eat with the rest of the family. But as someone always snaps at first the harsh comment at the table, the whole dinner goes south. Everybody goes to their own rooms, frustrated over the bad vibe around the house.

Around midnight, the student passes out over the notebook, with the homework poorly finished, after hours feeling a mix of a overwhelming feeling, boredom, and lack of perspective about the future.

Check out the pareto DOER version !


Texts From Vilfie - 01

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A Pareto look on minimalism

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The rise of minimalism

Minimalism is a trending topic nowadays. Many have already adopted its lifestyle, reducing the number of material possessions, professional and social strings, and also cutting out most of the worry brought to us by modern life.

But is it for everyone? And what are the limits of this philosophy? Does it bring an illusion of problem solving through owning less? I'll address each question below.

Well, I believe it CAN be applied in everybody's lives. It does not matter if your days are as busy as hell, or even you live in a bubble of calmness and peace. Minimalism has many lessons to teach, which we only get as time passes. For example, the importance of the small moments, the power of focusing your attention to the important choices you have to make and also how experiences are usually more important than ownership.

The perks of being a minimalist

You may think that being a minimalist is easy, right? So, just throw a bunch of stuff out and try to live with the least possible things? Well not exactly.

The philosophy is a little bit deeper. For instance, you do not HAVE to live with only the bare minimum. It is a shift in mind, with which you progressively can manage yourself with less items, and also less concerns.

Living this way is not only more healthy for the mind, but also a great way to save money and enjoy the great moments of life with dear people.

Paretoing minimalism

So what does it have to do with pareto? Well, everything. Both minimalism and the pareto lifestyle focus on less, in order to achieve more (and better).

As the amazing Jim Rohn said "Your personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out."

So, if your personal philosophy is so important, why do not choose one which values most the core areas of your life? In a pareto kind of way, minimalism is about bringing your life to the best and leaving out the rest.

So, it definitely is worth a try.