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Boost your memory by Darren Bridger

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Using the 80/20 rule

Ever noticed that often small things can make big differences? It can happen across all fields of life, including memory. Scientists refer to it as the 80/20 principle.

In most areas of life, 80% of the results flow from 20% of the causes. Here’s how to focus your energy on this most effective 20%.

The 80/20 principle was first noticed by a nineteenth-century Italian economist called Vilfredo Pareto. He observed that in his country a minority of people owned the majority of wealth, and a minority of people earned the majority of incomes. Not necessarily an amazing observation, you might think. However, the interesting thing was that Pareto discovered almost precisely the same distribution in any country he looked at, ...

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