Shortcutting the Recovery: Applying the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) to Your North Carolina Social Security Disability Problems

September 15, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

As a North Carolina Social Security Disability beneficiary (or wannabe beneficiary), you are stuck facing possible financial insolvency, medical/rehab issues and surgeries, emotional frustrations, family support issues, and possibly trouble getting the benefits you need and crave to restore your life. With so many tasks to deal with at once, which ones do you focus on?

One interesting way of breaking down your problems is to leverage something called 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle. This principle was created by a nineteenth-century economist (named, coincidently Pareto), and it suggests that there is an imbalance between system inputs and system outputs. Eighty percent of your effort will only result in 20% of the effects and vice versa – 20% of your efforts will result in 80% of your output. So if you are in business, 20% of your clients will yield 80% of your revenue. If you’re sick, 20% of your care will lead to 80% of the benefits. And so forth. In other words, this principle holds throughout nature and is applicable in many scenarios. For instance, 80% of the wealth of any nation is owned by 20% of the population (roughly), irrespective of that nation’s economic health, size of the economy, political system, etc.

So North Carolina Social Security Disability applicants can benefit from this idea by zeroing in on the so-called “vital few” (the 20% of inputs that make 80% of the difference) to solve their problems faster. For instance, say you are engaged in numerous physical therapies to treat chronically sore back. You do an 80/20 analysis of which therapies are really working for you and which ones are not (by, for instance, journaling how you feel before, during and after each rehab session), and lo and behold, you might find that your deep-tissue massage gives you far more benefit than any other therapies, such as Pilates, acupuncture, movement therapies, etc.

Once you have isolated the “vital few” things that make the most difference, you amp them up and get rid of the 80% of the stuff that’s giving you 20% of results. So in our theoretical example, this might mean that you quit doing yoga, Pilates, and dance, instead tripling the amount of deep-tissue massage you get every week.

In other words, you highlight the stuff that works and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t. If you keep doing these 80/20 purges in all areas of your business, life, and health, you might be surprised by how much more effective your recovery will be. Along those lines, get the help you need by connecting with a respected, highly skilled North Carolina Social Security Disability law firm.

More Web Resources:

Pareto Principle

How to do an 80/20 purge


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