Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, kicks the year off by sharing some of the challenges she has faced and learned to overcome by using the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule and encourages readers to try it out.
OMAHA, NE – January 25, 2021 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new article on her website entitled, “How The 80/20 Rule Can Help You Become More Efficient,” in which Dr. Adetayo shares experiences she had in her medical training and residency, and how she discovered the principle which she continues to use in all aspects of her professional and personal life.
Dr. Adetayo states, “I am a big fan of the 80/20 Rule, otherwise known as the Pareto Principle.” She continues, “Now, I will start off by saying that there are times when variations and flexibility of this rule may be called for. For instance, there are times I may use a 90/10 approach. But, for the most part, these variations are more of the exception than the rule.” She continues, “Now that we’ve acknowledge the possibility of variation, let’s get back to the 80/20 principle.” She writes, “I continuously seek ways to apply this tenet, and it has helped me prioritize my work, life, and health. In this article, I share the history of this principle, how it affects productivity in various industries, my experience with it, and how your awareness and application of this can help you positively to achieve your personal and professional goals, and increase your productivity.”
Dr. Adetayo shares how she discovered the principle. She writes, “Residency training is demanding, and even more so, a surgical residency can be gruesome. Residency training hours are now limited to 80 hours a week – which if you think about it, that is still 2 weeks of work crammed into 1 week if we are going by the average 40-hour work week.” She continues to elaborate, “When I was in training, the 80-hour work week rule was not in effect yet until the final year of my residency. It was normal to work 100-120 hours a week. I still remember rotations where I would arrive at 3:30 a.m. so I could round on all my patients, get their labs and vitals, see the ones that had issues overnight to make sure there were no emergencies or surprises, before we had team chief rounds at 5 a.m. During this training time,” says Dr. Adetayo, “I became more curious about time, how to make it work for me, and productivity in general. After all, I still had to eat, sleep, learn, operate, and get better at my craft amid all the pressures of so much to do and so little time.” She states, “I set out to educate myself about learning and developing efficiencies, building systems and processes, prioritization, and other life skills that were not taught in medical school or residency training.”
After sharing the history of the Pareto Principle and how it came about, Dr. Adetayo says, “Whether you are working remotely or onsite, you’ll find the 80/20 principle helpful in your goals for work, health, life balance, family, friends, and the rest of life in general.” According to Dr. Adetayo, “By focusing on those things that produce the most results and eliminating or outsourcing activities that don’t, you free up additional time to accomplish more of what is vital.”
The entire article can be read at: https://seunadetayo.com/2021/01/20/how-the-80-20-rule-can-help-you-become-more-efficient/
About Dr. Adetayo
Dr. Seun Adetayo currently practices in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Adetayo is unique in her field. As a gifted surgeon operating in a competitive field, Dr. Adetayo is also the first foreign-born (Nigerian) female minority surgeon to have built a successful nationally accredited multidisciplinary program for children with birth defects in Northeastern New York. She continued in this trajectory of helping patients and families as she now heads the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery where she serves as the Chief at the Children’s Hospital. Her journey has been dedicated to caring for patients and their families; mentorship for students, residents, and faculty; advocacy for legislation at local and national level; research; education; and community engagement and leadership. She shares her journey and strategies for success via her print material, meeting panels, blogs, and speaking engagements.
Dr Adetayo has authored several book chapters in leading texts, including the second edition of Comprehensive Cleft Care which is an authoritative text volume on cleft and craniofacial disorders and treatment. She also authored a chapter in the Family Companion Guide for educating patients and families with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses. She was also the author of the chapter on treatment of zygoma fractures in the text Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery.
She has received over 40 awards and recognition, and her work has resulted in over 50 published works and over 60 presented works at regional, national, and international meetings. She is published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.
Dr Adetayo plays an important role in mentoring and education in surgery, healthcare, and professional circles. She served as an invited surgeon and surgical educator during her last mission trip to Zimbabwe, where she served as the lead surgeon and guest lecturer for various hands-on plastic surgical reconstructions and teaching sessions. She is active in Women In Leadership lectures and advocacy. She served as a speaker for the Synthes collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Company on Improving Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare, and was one of four selected panelist speakers on Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery International Program by L’Oreal in conjunction with Resurge International. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) annual Women In Leadership Conference in upstate New York. In 2020, she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Stryker Women’s Network National Conference National Women in Surgery and Leadership event in California.
Dr. Adetayo has served in various community leadership positions including Chairperson of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Co-President of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Society, Co-President of the Pritzker REMEDY Cuba Medical Aid Mission, Coordinator of the Chicago Local Chapter of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program for inner city Chicago school kids. She currently serves as Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the Learning Resource Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).
She has been involved in various medical education and surgical trips to several countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe as educator and surgeon. She was awarded a Diploma of Honor conferred by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She collaborates on meaningful initiatives with various international organizations including Rotary International and The Smile Train on improving surgical outcomes, healthcare delivery, patient safety, and quality control standards in surgical reconstruction. She continues to be active in advocacy and philanthropic efforts in developing children and advancing communities.