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The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books

By Leo Babauta I have to admit, reading online has dropped my book reading in the last couple of years. It’s hard to resist the pull of clickbait titles and fascinating longform articles. But a few small habits have changed that for me, and I’m now reading books more. I’m now reading Don Quixote (such […]

In Praise of Limits

By Leo Babauta We live in a world of abundance, often to the point of excess: we can buy anything anytime, consume as much of the Internet as we want, eat anything all the time, work as much as our bodies will allow. With so much available, it can become overwhelming, unhealthy, unbalanced. I’d like […]

The Art of Being My Dad

By Leo Babauta My dad was born into poverty in the tiny seaside village of Agat, Guam, in 1952. His mom died when he was a child, and he never knew his dad. He was raised by his uncle’s family in another small village, Piti, after being separated from his brothers and sisters. So he […]

5 Ideas to Create an Amazing 2015

By Leo Babauta With every new year, comes renewed optimism. And while I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions that you’re just going to toss aside when things get busy, I am a fan of creating new habits. This year, I’m offering to help you create 12 new habits for 2015. They’re some of […]

Essential Zen Habits of 2014

By Leo Babauta This year been filled with overwhelming and moving moments, for me and for Zen Habits. Topping the list of overwhelming and moving: My book: I released my book, Zen Habits, to an outpouring of support in the Kickstarter campaign. The book was funded 500%, and is now at the printer. I can’t […]

Karate Chop

By Leo Babauta When a loved one lands in the hospital, it’s like a karate chop to the throat of all the things that normally occupy your mind space. My dad went to the emergency room today — luckily he’ll be OK, though it’s fairly serious. He’ll survive, but this did serve to remind me […]

Practicing Slowness & Being Present

By Leo Babauta In our rush to get through the tasks of our day, to complete our errands and answer emails, to look at the next video or link we find … when do we think we’ll find happiness? If it’s not here right now, when will it come? Maybe we think it’ll come when […]

Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

By Leo Babauta If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list? For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now! I’ve […]

My 2014 Successes and Failures

By Leo Babauta This has been quite a year for me: I moved to a new city, wrote and launched a book, traveled, got leaner, and failed at a bunch of things. I don’t normally do a review of my year, but looking back on the massive amounts of things I succeeded and failed at, […]

Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life

By Leo Babauta Almost exactly 8 years ago today, I ran my first marathon and soon after I started Zen Habits. I’d changed a dozen or so habits, lost weight, was getting out of debt, quit smoking. And almost 7 years ago, I quit my job. That was a period of intense and profoundly scary […]

When You’re Lonely

By Leo Babauta Sometimes, when Eva and the kids are out of town, I get lonely. I’m so used to having people around me that being by myself becomes strange, quiet, empty. And this feeling of emptiness can be frightening. I know it’s fashionable to say that it’s wonderful to be cool with being alone, […]

The Brain’s Fast Mode

By Leo Babauta On a typical day, I’ll be in a work mode that looks something like this: I’ll check my email and process it as quickly as possible. Then I’ll open a document to write something. I’ll quickly switch to one of my favorite sites for finding well-written or useful online articles. Then I’ll […]

5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays

By Leo Babauta For many people, the holiday season is the busiest, most complicated, most stressful time of year. Holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating, travel plans, end-of-the-year projects, planning for the new year … these are all added on top of your regular business. And life before the holidays was already pretty busy. […]

The Zen Habits Holiday Gift Guide

By Leo Babauta The holiday season is here, and with it comes consumer madness. I’m not a fan of buying a bunch of gifts and getting into credit card debt just to stress yourself out more and work harder to pay off the bills, all to add to the needless clutter we already have in […]

The Four Hidden Habit Skills

By Leo Babauta When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling. But when people learn the skill of creating new habits, they usually take the feedback of missing the habit as complete failure. A sign that they […]

The Power of Delay

‘The greatest remedy for anger is delay.’ ~Thomas Paine By Leo Babauta I once had a boss who had a favorite strategy for dealing with donations-seekers, demanding colleagues, and basically anyone who wanted anything from him he was reluctant to give. Delay. For example, lots of people would come to our office seeking handouts, and […]

Overwhelmed & Rushed? Do a Stress Assess

By Leo Babauta If you find yourself rushing from task to task, worried that you don’t have time to do everything … If you are feeling a high amount of stress and are just overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do … You might try doing a Stress Assess. It’s something I […]

Writer as Coder: The Iterative Way to Write a Book

By Leo Babauta The traditional way of writing a book is like the old Microsoft model of developing software: you write it in isolation for a year or two, and then put it out as a fully-formed product. The problem with that method is that it’s never been tested in the real world. You don’t […]

Please Support the Zen Habits Book

By Leo Babauta I’m so excited: today I launch my new book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. And I need your help. The book is written (just finished on Friday!), but I need your support to get it printed. So I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, and this limited edition of the book will […]

Are You a Lift or Drag Force?

By Leo Babauta In our lives, the people around us lift us up, or they drag us down. I see this in my life: my life contains many people, and I’m lucky enough to have surrounded myself with people who mostly provide lift. They inspire me, hold me accountable, find happiness for my successes, lend […]

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