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A Training Program for Single-Tasking & Focus

By Leo Babauta If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I heartily believe in giving your full focus to one task at a time. Single-tasking and focus are at the heart of my productivity method. Pick one important task, and give it your entire focus. Finish that (or at least a […]

10 Reasons Why We Don’t Stick to Things

By Leo Babauta We all do it in some form — tell ourselves we’re going to do something, and then we often end up not sticking to that plan. Maybe one or more of these will resonate with you: You say you’re going to stick to a certain diet, and then you end up breaking […]

Designing a Well-Lived Life

By Leo Babauta Where I live, the weather has grown colder, and the trees are becoming barren — what I consider the perfect time for reflection and contemplation. It’s the perfect time of the year to reflect on what a well-lived life might be for you. And then start designing that life, mapping out some […]

A Guide to Finding Calm & Being Less Frustrated

By Leo Babauta One of the most common sources of difficulty for most of us is frustration – we can get frustrated with the smallest things, throughout the day. And yet, becoming aware of how often we’re frustrated doesn’t quite solve the problem. Someone pointing out that you’re frustrated only makes you more irritated. How […]

How to Get Fitter During the Holidays

By Leo Babauta Because of a number of family gatherings in the past week, I'm feeling heavy. I've overeaten and my exercise has been minimal. That's just a part of the holidays sometimes — things get so busy you can't help but let your healthy habits fall off. So as of today, I'm implementing a […]

Developing Extraordinary Resilience

By Leo Babauta We’re all beset with difficulties, obstacles, pain, tiredness, and a thousand other setbacks, small and large. What determines whether we take these setbacks in stride, or let them bring us down, is something that psychologists call “resilience.” It’s an ability to come back from setbacks, adapt, learn, but not be dragged down […]

Gratitude to Overcome Boredom, Difficulties, Complaining, & Feeling Overwhelmed

By Leo Babauta As many give thanks for what’s in their lives this week, we might look at how to go deeper with gratitude. “Gratitude” seems like a trite and even perhaps boring topic to many — we all know we should be grateful. And yet, there are ways that we aren’t cultivating gratitude … […]

How to Form the Decisiveness Habit

By Leo Babauta I’ve had several people ask me lately about what they can do about indecisiveness, and it made me realize that this is actually something I’m pretty good at: being decisive. Making decisions can be difficult, especially when there’s no clear choice. But being indecisive, when you’re at the cusp of one of […]

Resting in the Open Nature of Life

By Leo Babauta So much of our days are filled with an underlying feeling of difficulty: Procrastinating when things seem difficult or overwhelming Distracting ourselves and doing small tasks Feeling like we’re doing things wrong, and searching for the right answers Trying to get things under control when they feel chaotic Trying to comfort ourselves […]

How We Lose Sight of the Profound Awesomeness of Life

By Leo Babauta There are moments when we are able to soak in the incredible beauty of life, the preciousness of it, the awe-inspiring power of the world around us. It is breath-taking, gorgeous, deeply moving. But most of the time, we forget. We move through our days like we’re in a daze, checking email […]

The Key Mental Habit of Simplicity

By Leo Babauta I’ve written a lot about simplifying your life, from the philosophy behind it to the tactical steps to getting to simplicity. But the true key isn’t in the steps, it’s in our mental habits. For example, I could get rid of my physical clutter and simplify my day so that I have […]

In Love with the Heartbreaking Beauty of the Discomfort

By Leo Babauta With my body in pain, I looked up at the sunlight and kept my heart open. And I took in the heartbreaking beauty of life. I witnessed it, and found it to be miraculous, pain and struggle and discomfort and all. It wasn’t beautiful in spite of the pain — the pain […]

Simplifying Your Digital Life

By Leo Babauta It’s a simple fact of our modern lives that we live, play, learn and connect online. But our digital lives can become overwhelming, distracting, addicting. With so much complexity and distraction, how do we find focus? How do we live with mindfulness? How do we find stillness, simplicity, quiet? The answer lies […]

Zen Productivity: A Workshop to Help You Find Focus, Mindfulness & Organization

By Leo Babauta I’m really excited to start working live with all of you in a series of weekend workshops, and the first one is called Zen Productivity. I decided to focus on productivity, organization, focus, procrastination, mindfulness and simplicity … because it’s something we all deal with, every day. In our daily lives, we […]

Creating the Elegance of Simplicity & Focus in Your Work Day

By Leo Babauta Our days can feel like a crazy sea of distraction, stress, busyness and overwhelm. We can get lost in that sea, and it’s hard to figure out how to find mindfulness and focus in the middle of it all. The answer, I’ve repeatedly found, is in the pure elegance of simplicity. Simplify […]

Overcoming Our Biggest Obstacle to Creating Habits

By Leo Babauta Whether you want to start a new exercise habit, start meditating or writing daily, start to get out of debt or clear your clutter … creating a new habit isn’t always easy. The steps themselves might be deceptively simple: pick one habit, keep it small to start with, and remember to do […]

The Incredible Progress of Daily Practice

By Leo Babauta Lately in my life, I’ve been repeatedly reminded of the power of practicing something regularly. Daily is best, I’ve learned, but several times a week works well too. You’d be surprised how much progress you can make with even a small amount of practice, applied regularly. Some examples in my life recently: […]

Habit Mastery: My New Course to Help You Level Up Your Skills

By Leo Babauta I’m excited to tell you about my new video course, Habit Mastery, which is designed to help you practice and level up your habit skills. It’s a 12-week course with two video lessons a week, daily practice, and interviews with 11 other amazing habit experts. Guys, this is one of the best […]

The Ultimate Productivity, Simplicity, Finance, Happiness & Weight Loss Hack

By Leo Babauta I’ll share the ultimate hack in just two words: letting go. These two words, if practiced and lived, can be the key to all the self-improvement in your life: Productivity: By letting go of trying to do everything, or be updated about everything, you can focus on just what’s important. This simple […]

A Guide to Getting Good at Dealing with Chaos

By Leo Babauta It is a wonderful thing to have order to our lives, to simplify and have routines and systems that make things peaceful, organized, and calm. Unfortunately, life likes to throw chaos and disorganization our way. Things get disrupted, people interrupt, email requests pour in, our neatness gets messy, schedules get thrown into […]

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