Jesse Stoddard

The Simple, Good Life Project: A Journey Towards Fulfillment

The Simple, Good Life Project

In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of responsibilities, commitments, and distractions. The constant hustle leaves us drained, with little time to reflect on what truly matters. But what if there was a way to live a more fulfilling life by doing less? Enter the “Simple, Good Life Project.”

Inspired by Richard Koch’s 80/20 principle from his book “Living the 80/20 Way,” I’ve embarked on a year-long personal experiment. The goal? To simplify my life, focus on the activities and relationships that bring joy and fulfillment and eliminate or reduce what doesn’t.

The 80/20 Principle: A Brief Overview

The 80/20 principle, also known as the Pareto Principle, posits that 80% of the results come from 20% of the efforts in many situations. Applied to life, a small portion of our activities and relationships yield most of our happiness and satisfaction. The challenge? Identifying and prioritizing that crucial 20%.

The Experiment: Living the Simple, Good Life

The “Simple, Good Life Project” is more than just a concept; it’s a journey. Over the next year, I’ll dive deep into the 80/20 principle, applying it to every facet of my life. From relationships to hobbies and work commitments to daily routines, I aim to discover what truly matters and what can be set aside.

Setting the Stage

  1. Identify Your Happiness Factors: This is the foundation. What activities invigorate you? Which relationships uplift you? It’s spending quality time with my family, indulging in creative projects, and immersing myself in art, writing, and comedy.
  2. Apply the 80/20 Rule: Analyzing my current life, I’ve started identifying the 20% that brings 80% of my joy. Conversely, I pinpoint the stressors, activities, and commitments that drain my energy and happiness.
  3. Simplify: With clarity on what truly matters, the next step is simplification. This involves decluttering—both physically and mentally. It’s about creating space for what’s essential and letting go of the excess.
  4. Set Goals and Plan: With a clearer vision, I’ve set SMART goals for the year. These goals are aligned with my happiness factors and the life I envision.
  5. Implement and Adjust: As with any journey, there will be bumps. The key is to stay committed, monitor progress, and make necessary adjustments.
  6. Reflect and Learn: At the end of this year-long experiment, I’ll take a step back, reflecting on the journey, the lessons learned, and the growth experienced.

Join Me on This Journey

The Simple, Good Life Project
The Simple, Good Life Project

As I embark on this adventure, I invite you to join me. Through this blog and the accompanying podcast, “The Simple, Good Life Project,” I’ll share insights, challenges, successes, and failures. Together, we can explore the beauty of simplicity and the joy of living a life aligned with our true desires.

In the words of Richard Koch, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Let’s create a simple, good, and profoundly fulfilling life.

Ready to join me? Start with Simple, Good Questions:

  1. Living the 80/20 Way: Do you apply the 80/20 principle daily to prioritize what truly matters?
    • Yes, I actively apply it.
    • I’ve heard of it but don’t actively use it.
    • No, but I’m interested in learning more.
    • I’m not sure what the 80/20 principle is.
  2. Simplifying Life: What’s your biggest challenge when simplifying and decluttering your life?
    • Letting go of material possessions.
    • Reducing commitments and obligations.
    • Overcoming societal pressures to “do more.”
    • Not knowing where to start.
  3. The Simple, Good Life: Which aspect of the “Simple, Good Life” resonates most with you?
    • Prioritizing relationships and meaningful connections.
    • Reducing stress and embracing calm.
    • Pursuing passions and creative outlets.
    • Achieving a work-life balance.

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