From my experience Pareto's principle which states that roughly 80% of the results come from 20% of the sources. It can be applied practically anything, from day to day actives, strength training, skill development and even self help. In fact I would say the majority of time spent by most people, businesses, and even training in sports is wasted. This is a vast generalization and some people are naturally more efficient and effective but I believe it can be learned and taught, by analyzing things and looking for the 20 percent that gives the most results.
Some examples of Pareto's Principle in action are as follows, some of which are from my personal experiences and opinions: I believe that 80% of the time spent in self help is spent on fixing things, teaching and motivating with positive and constructive beliefs, while 20% is spent on dealing with the negative. I think that it should be the opposite. I've spent 20% of the time that people typically go to the gym, work out and strength train (and possibly even way less then 20%) and gotten profound results.
Aside from using EFT, I think that Pareto's principle is one of the most powerful tools someone can use to change their life.
This is something I personally have a hard time with, but I believe too much of anything, even if its truly rewarding and pleasurable can be a bad thing, and this concept can be applied to practically anything. There is only a finite amount of time in a day, week, month, year and even in your life, It's best to focus on whats most important to you and work on it. There is always a more effective and efficient way to go about your life, its best to cut the fat and work on what will make your life more productive and meaningful. Working too many hours a day on one aspect, task or project will sometimes be more detrimental then beneficial, I can only focus for so long, especially on one task, am I a little ADD? Quite possibly. Theres often many books, subjects, skills and topics I want to read on, but for the most part, I read one non-fiction book for about 30 minutes and a fiction novel around bedtime.
Its quite possible that if an area of your life is in dire need of help or fixing, to become completely fixated on it, sometimes making you oblivious and ignorant to other parts of your life. Its important to always be learning in some aspect or form, training in say parkour, yoga, break dancing and martial arts can get you out of your head and make you feel more present.
First off Id like to start off to say this is an expansion of the ideas laid out in Timothy Ferriss’s blog post:Relax Like A Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep In it Timothy Ferriss writes about five things to do to get the most out of your sleep, I take it a few steps further, using a tool im becoming increasingly fond of and that is binaural beats. Before I go into the play list of binaural beats I use and some other devices I use as well id like to preface it with Timothy Ferriss’s ideas. First thing that I do and that he mentions in his article is to eat a small amount of low glycemic index foods, and also to take flaxseed oil. I do the same but I take a multivitamin as well. Preferably it is best to take raw flaxseed oil although as Timothy Ferriss mentions in his article, the texture, taste and smell of flaxseed oil is pretty horrid. If not a natural organic omega 3 supplement is best, the less fillers the better, same as with the multivitamin. Most of the food I eat is low glycemic anyways but anything from a small amount of almond butter, cottage cheese, yogurt (greek style is the best in my opinion) should suffice.
Secondly Timothy Ferriss has in his article to use ice baths to provke sleep, ive tried this personally a few times and wouldn’t recommend it, unless your insomnia is terrible. He also mentions taking a low dose of melatonin around bed time, which is a better way to regulate sleep and fall asleep then taking ambien or prescription sleep aids. He cites the health benefits the Japanese and longer lifespans of their frequeny ofuro or hot baths around bedtime which incease melatonin release. If your willing to try it and embark on taking an ice bath, follow the instructions his blog article.
In the next part of his article he writes about things that help stimulate sleep and hel him personally, as well as what is proven to work. One thing that works is a regular sleep schedule and regular circadian rhythm. Other things that help as well is light and temperature, best to keep the room you sleep in cold, and as little light as possible. If there is any light he suggest getting a sleep mask which isn’t a bad idea either.
Napping is the next thing that Timothy Ferriss has in his article, personally I have a hard time napping, whether it is at home or work, unless I am relaxed and typically in an altered state or trance due to binaural beats. He says to test what he calls caffeine naps between 1-3 pm, for about 20 minutes ive tried it a few times to some limited success but it might be worth a try for some. For longer nap periods he mentions ultradian or multiples of 90 minutes is best to try and cites Thomas Edison as saying he only slept four hours but often took two three hour naps daily.
Lastly he talks about his onset insomnia, which is what my main problem is, which is trouble falling asleep, it takes me about an hour, the same it seems to for Timothy Ferriss as well. To help him falls asleep he says he has found two things to help, first being setting a to do list and priorities list for the next day, and reading fiction which engages imagination and requires your attention or present state.
For the last part of my article Id like to talk about some things that help me personally that others might not have thought about or do. One thing that might help around bed time is chamomile tea, or relaxing tea, I don’t have tea all too often but it can help. Something else I do is I have a playlist of binaural beats that I listen to to help me fall asleep and help me get the most out of my sleep. There are some tracks and binaural beats to be found online that slowly take you down into lower brainwaves and into sleep but I personally use the floating track from Holosync followed by an immersion track from Holosync, followed by a gamma binaural beat, delta binaural beat, then several tracks of mind food hemisync. All of it adds up to a playlist of about 7-8 hours, I listen to them using my Skull Candy stereo headphones, also useful for listen to music, or in case you happen to be a DJ as well. Holosync, and hemisync combined can be expensive, that’s why I would personally recommend to if you can torrent them, if your able to buy them though, both products would be something worth looking into. I also have made my own pair of headphones that are fairly comfortable but not perfect for when sleeping, i made it out of a headband with some headphone speakers put in them, also doubles as a sleep mask as well. I haven't found yet a better alternative for sleeping while listening to binaural beats, etc. I found one product online but a few of the reviews werent so positive, any suggestions or ideas would be welcome. I sometimes add other hemisync, hypnosis or other tracks as well, usually at the start and no more then one usually. That’s it for this article if its helpful for you, please be sure to spread the word, or contact me if you know of other tips or techniques that can help as well.
Other ideas or suggestions? Feel free to email me about them and if your interested in “hacking” or getting the most out of your sleep, do some further research on primal/paleolitthic nutrition and dieting, as well as binaural beats.