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Two Ways to Form Habits Effortlessly

By Leo Babauta Forming new habits can be life-changing — if you start meditating, create a simple exercise habit, and eat more vegetables, you health and happiness can be transformed in a matter of months. But sticking to a habit can be difficult, because life gets in the way. And we get discouraged when the […]

The Biggest Reason We Don’t Stay on a Regular Exercise Habit

By Leo Babauta There are so many benefits to exercise, from cancer prevention to brain health, from heart health to better weight management, from stronger bones to less stress and more happiness … so why is it so hard for most people to stick to a regular exercise habit? It turns out that there’s really […]

The Get Fit For Summer Exercise Challenge

By Leo Babauta I’m a big fan of exercise challenges. I’ve used challenges to change my health and fitness habits, including: Pushup challenges with my wife & kids Burpee challenge with a friend Online group exercise challenges Workout and diet challenges with my wife (we got rewards if we stuck to the challenge) Accountability challenges […]

The Face Everything Technique: Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn’t Work

By Leo Babauta We are, all of us, amazing at avoiding things. Our minds are less “thinking machines” than they are “avoiding machines.” And the incredible thing is that we aren’t even usually aware that we’re avoiding thinking about something. I’ll give you a few examples: Right now you’re reading this article but probably avoiding […]

This Moment is Enough

By Leo Babauta I was in a plane descending into Portland for a quick stopover, and I gazed upon a brilliant pink sunrise over blue and purple mountains, and my heart ached. Instinctively, I looked over to Eva to share this breath-taking moment, but she was sleeping. I felt incomplete, not being able to share […]

How to Develop an Awesome Sense of Direction

By Leo Babauta It’s strange, but I’ve discovered I have a better sense of direction than many people — when I travel, it doesn’t take that long for me to figure out the lay of the land, and soon I’m walking around almost like a local. But I’ve also found out that many other people […]

Relationship Salve: The Practice of Intentional Dialogues

By Leo Babauta A couple months ago, I started a daily practice with my wife Eva called the Intentional Dialogue process, aimed at helping us become better at talking about difficult issues. Now, Eva and I have a great marriage, and we love each other deeply. But like any couple, sometimes we feel frustrated or […]

The Downward & Upward Spiral of Health & Productivity

By Leo Babauta The bad news about health and productivity habits is that if you start to slip up, things can slowly spiral downward. If you are tired, you can’t focus on your important work, you don’t make time for exercise or cooking healthy food, so you grab some fast food, you veg out in […]

Set Powerful Deadlines

By Leo Babauta This week, I am cramming out work, because I’m leaving on a cruise that’s going to last almost a month. I am not usually this productive, but I’m really killing it because I want to get all my work done before I leave. On the cruise, I have two big projects I’ve […]

How to Handle the Difficult Times

By Leo Babauta Sometimes, life just wallops us against the head, deals us with such a blow that it takes our breath away. A loved one dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, your car gets totaled, or hopelessness hits you. What do we do when the world around us crumbles, […]

A Mini-Guide to Not Being Frustrated All the Time

By Leo Babauta Pretty much all of us experience frustration on a daily (or even hourly) basis. We get frustrated by other people, by ourselves, by technology, by work situations, by small crises that come up all the time. You know you’re frustrated when you find yourself sighing, or complaining about people, or fuming about […]

The Spring Healthy Eating Challenge

By Leo Babauta With New Year’s Resolutions a fading memory, it’s time to renew your focus on eating healthy again. With that in mind, I’m announcing a Spring Healthy Eating Challenge. It’s designed to help you change your eating for the better, making small changes, and doing it with friends and family. How does it […]

The Elements of a Healthy Diet, & How to Change

By Leo Babauta One of the best things I ever did to change my life (along with exercise, mindfulness, simplicity and focus) is to teach myself to eat a healthy diet. But one of the things that confused me early on was: what is a healthy diet? There are so many definitions of what’s healthy […]

Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff

By Leo Babauta While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives … the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff. Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later” … but […]

Join Me for a Retreat on Happiness, Mindfulness & Living a Full Life

By Leo Babauta This fall, I’ll be a part of a retreat in Ecuador (Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016), and I’m really looking forward to it. I’d like to invite you to join me. I’ll be one of three presenters, along with my friend J.D. Roth (founder of Get Rich Slowly and one of my original […]

Shannon’s Method: Overcome Habit Procrastination

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest problems we face when we’re forming a new positive habit is procrastination. We’ve all done this: we’re trying to meditate or exercise or floss, but we’re tired or busy. So we put it off, and then the next day we do it again, and soon we’ve just dropped […]

My Most Important Productivity Method

By Leo Babauta You can read entire books on productivity, dozens of blog posts, and implement half a dozen different productivity systems. But at the end of the day, you’d have gotten nothing important done. The truth is, productivity is fairly simple, in theory. Even if you have an overwhelming amount to do, the steps […]

A Roadmap to Overcoming Insecurities

By Leo Babauta There isn’t a person amongst us who doesn’t have insecurities — some are just better at dealing with them, or perhaps hiding them. We worry what other people think about us, we worry if we’re good-looking enough, we worry that we’re not doing all that we should be, we worry that we’ll […]

Get to the Root of Work Stress

By Leo Babauta There isn’t a working person among us who doesn’t deal with stress — whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, working for a struggling startup, or clocking in working for a company, work stress is inevitable. But where does this stress originate, and how do we deal with it? Most guides to stress […]

The Zen Habits Guide to Letting Go of Attachments

By Leo Babauta I’ve been finding more and more that the Buddha had it right: pretty much all of our struggles, from frustrations to anxiety, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry, all stem from the same thing … The struggles come from being too tightly attached to something. When we’re worried, we are […]

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