The 80/20 Rule is one way we describe our expectations of other people, or circumstances of which we are not the boss. We accept that what happens is often the result of less-than-100% effort. And we’re okay with that.
We can think about lunch this way, too. Just on workdays, eat a little better and be proud about finally pursuing that thing you’ve always promised yourself you’d do. If you work five days out of seven, there’s your 80%. (I know the math doesn’t exactly work out, but I was an English major.) The bottom line: 80%-ish of something is better than 100% of nothing.
And if we’re willing to be realistic and honest about what we expect from other people, why not show ourselves that same kindness?