Principles And Techniques For Fruitful Living

Principles And Techniques For Fruitful Living

In today’s world, we are constantly striving to improve ourselves. People are struggling to maintain balance in their lives. To declutter worries and suffering, many success mantras are being invented. 

Although there are various methods that we can apply for growth, a few of them are found to be universally effective. But, a lot of us aren’t able to differentiate the right principle that works for ourselves. Throughout my research, I found out a few principles and techniques that are applicable to most of us. Here are the principles all you need to know and apply to unlock the secrets for your development

Techniques We Will Be Covering:

  1. Pareto Principle
  2. Pomodoro Technique
  3. 20-20-20 Rule
  4. 478 Principle

1. Pareto Principle

Also known as the 80/20 principle, this principle states that 20 percent of the input you give will yield 80 percent of your result. You confront a lot of activities throughout the day. Let’s say you engage in 10 activities. As per this principle, only two of them will be able to create major benefits in your life.

When we spend a lot of time doing our less important tasks, the percentage of achievement for us will turn out to be lower than it should have been. Whereas, emphasizing on the two valuable works could bring higher achievement. Thus, the 80/20 principle helps you to remain focused on the productive things that will have a great impact on you in the long term. To put it, for example, 20 percent of the dress we buy is used almost 80 percent of the time. Likewise, we talk to only 20 percent of our friends most of the time. 

Just when this coronavirus pandemic started, I saw an article about this rule. It was from one of the top personal development influencers, Brian Tracy’s article as The 80 20 Rule Explained. The article is about the steps and methods that are efficient to imply the 80 20 rules. Though I was using to-do lists, I wasn’t giving much priority to the tasks that are important for me. After going through this article, I said to myself that this is the perfect time to invest in myself. This article has inspired me to work on a task that is relevant to my growth. Thus, I am able to make my day productive with this simple yet profound technique. 

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

Dale Carnegie

2. Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro technique is an effective way to keep yourself bound with time in a focused manner. This is an efficient trick that works well to improve your concentration on a particular task. This Italian technique has now gained attention all around the world. 

It involves a 25 minute of concentrated work followed with a 5-minute break. Once the technique is followed a few times consecutively, you get to reward yourself with a longer break of around 15 to 20 minutes break. In it, you can take a frequent power walk or listen to music, or whatever you want to do. Isn’t this a cool reward?

Often, internal as well as external distractions might affect your focused mode. So, make sure you are away from all the distractions for just 25 minutes. If an idea comes to your mind other than from what you’re doing, then take a piece of paper to jot it down. Then, switch back to your original task.

This technique has worked well for me. It was really frustrating to not have completed the task even after a couple of hours. As my friend introduced this principle to me,  I said I should give a try. It was really joyful when I found myself rewarded with a short minute of breaks. After certain days, I could feel that this technique was helping me switch my attention towards my work. 

As I found early success with Pomodoro, I have been implementing this method on most of my days. 

I would like to suggest that during your break, don’t even think about your work. Let’s suppose that you are writing an article in a very focused mode. In the short break, you shouldn’t choose to write – including an activity such as texting. 

If you have already applied this technique then you might have noticed its huge positive influence. If you haven’t started it yet, then I suggest you not to forget to include this technique in your daily routine

“One day we will be more creative, more productive, and yet more relaxed.”

Francesco Cirillo

3. 20-20-20 Rule

Being a great fan of Robin Sharma who is a profound leader in the field of personal development, I am surprised to unfold lots of treasures from his books.

This principle targets you to be an early bird. The way you utilize your time as you wake up at 5 am reflects the way you will spend your day. The first 20 minutes from 5 am is the time for you to get involved in exercise and workout. The energy level in our body is high right after waking up. When we workout for 20 minutes, it will help to reframe the positive energy on us. 

The next 20 minutes is the most essential time for the beginning of your day. You should work on forming the morning routines. You have to form the plan properly as it determines your performance for the whole day. Additionally, keeping a journal and meditating helps to relax us and bring the concentration power into action. 

Finally, the remaining 20 minutes is the time to invest in yourself. At this time, you should focus on learning things in your field. You can also grab a book to expand your learning horizons. 

It wasn’t easy for me to apply the principle right away after learning from the book. Most of the time, I failed to wake up in time. Besides, even when I was awake I used to scroll my phone. However, this terrific habit got to the end. After several days of struggling to live with the principle, I am happy to say that each day I am growing more than who I was yesterday. It was the motivation I chose to have from a successful person working day and night to improve their lives.

Remember that when the whole world sleeps, the winner works at that time. 

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”


4. 478 principle

If you can’t sleep at night, then this technique is for you! 

I used to be annoyed about not getting to sleep on time. Most of the days, just before bedtime, my tasks used to ring around in my head. As it was bothering me terribly, I couldn’t take a longer stand. So one day, I went on the internet, where I found about the 478 approaches. 

478 principle is a breathing technique that provides deep relaxation. First, you have to keep your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Then the method involves breathing in the air from nostrils for 4 seconds and holding the breath for 7 seconds. After that, you have to exhale the air from your mouth for about 8 seconds, creating a whooshing sound. 

This will help you to focus on your breathing, which assists you to relax your mind and body. When we are busy doing something, we usually forget about other things. Just that way, when we are implying in this technique we forget about the worries that are very disturbing. 

This has been helpful to my friend just as it had been to me. He mentioned how it was dreadful for him not being able to sleep properly. His busy days had been daring at night. However, he is very delighted to see this technique working for him. While focusing your attention only on your breathing, other worries disappear. This helps to calm turmoil in your brain. For me, I don’t even take 5 minutes to fall asleep. I find it the perfect way to relieve myself and strive to know about me

I have written a similar article about my experience with social media in this coronavirus lockdown. Check it out – My Personal Experience With Social Media In This Coronavirus Lockdown

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Subash Pathak

    I am suffering from insomnia, so I am going to try out the 478 principle. Thank you for providing such a valuable article.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      It’s my pleasure, thanks for reading. I hope 478 will cure your insomnia

  2. Anonymous

    Wonderful article about fruitful living!

  3. Anonymous

    Sleeping well is such an important part of staying healthy. Something that works for me is prayer, it helps relax my mind and bring my worries into focus. Then I’m able to see them for what they are and work at finding the cause, to better put time into seeing what is solvable and what I need to move away from.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you for going through the article. I am glad to here that prayer is helping you to relax your mind. We can find our ways to remove unnecessary parts in our worries and focus on how to tackle it. Once again, thank you for bringing the idea of prayer here. Nice to here as it is working to relax your mind. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Great article – Kiran! I especially enjoyed the tips on the Pomodoro technique and starting your work day early. I do somewhat of a modified Pomodoro method in my day-to-day functions, but it’s nothing very consistent. For me, structure is critical in creating efficiencies in carrying out my to-do lists. So perhaps, it might greatly benefit my efforts by being a bit more deliberate in my work/break rotations. Don’t hold me to it, but I think I’ll give this technique a try, starting next week. This week is going to be pretty fragmented for me, so I think I’ll start things off with a fresh one. Thanks for your insight and helpful suggestions.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hello Jana!
      Thank you so much for your warm comment. I am glad you find out the Pomodoro technique helpful. You could better try your best to fit this technique while accomplishing your goals. Yeah, you caught it right. You can make a deliberate practice to focus yourself into the work. Hopefully, you will find this technique very useful after implementing it from next week. I would love to hear about your progress. 🙂

  5. Degrees of Maternity

    Hi Kiran – it was me, Jana at Degrees of Maternity, that posted the comment above (the one starting out “Great article – Kiran”. I was finger-happy and forgot to include my name. Have a great day.

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hello Jana,
      It is so inspiring to know that you were happy reading my posts. Thank you for notifying me about your earlier comment and also for your warm wish.

  6. Anonymous

    This sounds interesting. I have applied pomodoro technique.

  7. rishma dev

    Hi Kiran,

    Thank you for posting a great article that offers such useful information for personal growth. I particularly enjoyed reading this piece. Personally, I have applied the Pareto Principle (80/20) rule to gain more control over my time and focus. Keep up the great work!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Hello Rishma,
      Thank you so much for finding this article very informative. The Pareto Principle helps to remain focus and prioritize only the important task. I am glad this principle worked well for you.

  8. Naya

    I’m already doing two of these and they work! I had forgotten about the 478 technique – I know my breathing could stand improvement lol. Thank you for your helpful article!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Wow! I am glad you have applied two of the mentioned principles. You could try 478 technique again. This is very helpful to free your mind.
      Thank you so much for your comment. 🙂

  9. A.

    I really enjoyed this post. I’ve heard of the Pomodoro Technique and had success with it, but all the other techniques were new to me. I’m especially eager to try the 478 technique because it sounds relaxing. Thanks so much for teaching me something new today!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much for your thoughts on this, A! 🙂
      I am glad you were successful applying the Pomodoro technique. I believe the other principles mentioned here would help you to live profoundly. Also, yes 478 technique helps to relax your mind. You should definitely try it. 🙂

  10. Van

    These are all such wonderful techniques! There’s a whole wealth of knowledge and peace waiting to unfold in this article.
    I’ve always used the Pomodoro and 80-20 method for studying/project but I loved learning about the 20-20-20 rule and 478 principles. I might even try out a week of using these two methods together to see what difference it makes! Thank you!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you so much Van for you kind words.
      It means a lot to me!
      20-20-20 rule and 478 principles are as profound as Pomodoro and 80-20 method. One will help to start your day fully motivated while the other helps to relax you and have a better sleep or better time at work. I hope you would be able to see significant changes within you by applying the principles.

  11. Puspanjali Sarma

    The article is very informative. I would give the Pomodoro Technique a try!

    With ever-mounting work and too many distractions due to constant meetings/pings/calls over Skype or mobile for different steams of work, it takes a lot of extra concentration and will power to get back to work to produce a lot of ‘salable” materials/ppt and solutions with a lot of research. Looks like this method will help me to be more productive in my work. 🙂

    I have read Robin Sharma’s 5 AM club as well but I still fail to get up at 5am as work stretches beyond 12 am. But his techniques are correct which needs a lot of self-discipline.

    Thank you for your helpful article! Keep writing and sharing!

    1. Kiran Kandel

      Thank you Puspanjali for your kind words.

      I understand the busy schedule that you have. As you mentioned, Pomodoro Technique definitely suits for you to tackle these distractions. I believe that you will get to manage all the stretches using this technique.
      Oh, you might have found useful tips while reading his book. Anyway, you can apply his 5 am principles gradually. Take time and try to decrease your workload during night time. This is also what he suggests.
      I am glad you are going to hit a try on this principle. You will have exciting experience.

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