Jesse Stoddard

The 80/20 of Time: From Garden Beds to Life’s Biggest Decisions

Join me, Jesse Stoddard, as I journey to discover the essence of the Simple, Good Life. In this episode, we’ll explore the 80/20 principle’s magic in mastering life’s most valuable resource: time. From garden beds to life’s most significant decisions, let’s reclaim our time and live more intentionally.
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In today’s fast-paced world, time is the most valuable commodity. But are we truly making the most of it? Welcome to a deep dive into the 80/20 principle and how it applies to our daily tasks and the very essence of our lives.

Understanding the 80/20 Principle

The 80/20 principle, also known as the Pareto Principle, is a concept that suggests that 80% of our results come from just 20% of our efforts. This principle can be applied to various aspects of our lives, from business to personal growth. But how does one harness the power of this principle to lead a more fulfilling life?

Gardening: A Microcosm of Life

Let’s take a journey into the garden. When tending to our garden beds, we often find that a small portion of our plants yield most of our harvest. This mirrors the 80/20 principle. By focusing our efforts on the plants that thrive, we can optimize our harvest and reduce wasted effort on less productive plants.

Similarly, by focusing our energy on the tasks and activities that yield the most significant results, we can achieve more while expending less effort.

Applying the 80/20 Principle to Life’s Decisions

Life is filled with decisions, big and small. By applying the 80/20 principle, we can prioritize our choices, focusing on the ones that truly matter. Whether deciding on a career path, choosing a hobby, or even selecting which books to read, the 80/20 principle can guide us to make decisions that align with our core values and long-term goals.


The 80/20 principle is more than just a productivity hack; it’s a philosophy for life. By understanding and applying this principle, we can lead a life of purpose, clarity, and fulfillment. As we journey through the garden of life, let’s remember to nurture the plants that matter the most.

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