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Archived Since:July 6, 2008

Blog Post Archive

An Education in the Majestic Sierra Nevada

By Leo Babauta We set out for the Sierra Nevada as a family, all eight of us, excited but unsure of what to expect from our first family camping trip in the mountains. I surveyed our two vehicles full of camping gear and food, and wondered at foolishly calling myself a minimalist sometimes. A family […]

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

By Leo Babauta The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives. Scumbag mind. I’ve had to learn to watch these rationalizations and excuses very carefully, in order to […]

How to Believe in Yourself

By Leo Babauta There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life. I didn’t pursue an ideal career, or start my own business, because I didn’t think I could. I didn’t stick to habits because I didn’t really believe I had the discipline. I was […]

Don’t Waste a Moment

By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been struck with the idea of how limited our lives are, and how little time we have to make something of them. Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it? You could spend it with the people you love, soaking up time with them, really […]

How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach

By Leo Babauta Let’s say you’re feeling unmotivated, unsure of yourself, aimless, can’t find your passion, directionless, not clear on what your purpose in life is. You’re in good company — most people are in the same boat. Now, there about a million things online telling you how to find your passion in life, and […]

How to Be Great

By Leo Babauta Start by admitting that greatness doesn’t come from the distraction and busywork that often fills up our lives. It comes from making a difference in the world. Now consider how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Consider your current work, which perhaps already makes a difference — how […]

Making Yourself Work

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest problems you need to solve if you work for yourself is how to make yourself do work. The best entrepreneurs have figured it out and just pound out the work they need to do. But many others put off their dream careers, or stay in jobs they like, […]

Inhabit the Moment

‘We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta We all go through our lives almost on autopilot, our minds generally elsewhere, occupied with other thoughts as we float through the real world like ghosts. We sit at […]

How to Master the Art of Living

By Leo Babauta Imagine you had a gorgeous blueberry sitting on the otherwise empty plate in front of you. You pick it up gently, place it on your tongue, and begin to taste it. You already know how a blueberry tastes, and so when this one is a bit riper than you’d like, you make […]

The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck By Leo Babauta We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies. We procrastinate because of fantasies. We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies. We miss out on the […]

Living the Simple Life

‘A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.’ ~Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta For almost 9 years now, I’ve been learning to live a simple life. A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for […]

How to Be Prepared for Anything

‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss […]

Turn Toward the Problem

By Leo Babauta Much of our lives is spent trying to ignore problems, not wanting to deal with them, procrastinating. Bills are pushed to the side to deal with later. People we have troubles with are avoided. Work we don’t want to do is put off while we browse the Internet. The diet is put […]

The End of the Day Philosophy

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between […]

The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

By Leo Babauta The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom. It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, […]

How to Change Other People

By Leo Babauta If only we could get others to be more considerate, less annoying, more diligent, see our point of view … How often have you wanted to change other people so they’d be better? Better spouses, kids, roommates, coworkers, employees? We want our kids to study harder and clean up after themselves, our […]

Pursuing Happiness When It’s Already Within You

By Leo Babauta One of the key learnings I’ve had since starting Zen Habits is that everything I need to be happy is already within me. I firmly believe that, but I’ve been asked a good question: if happiness comes from within, why should you pursue anything in life? Why should you pursue goals, achieve […]

The Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home

By Leo Babauta One of my favorite habits that I’ve created since I changed my life 9 years ago is having a decluttered home. I now realize that I always disliked the clutter, but I put off thinking about it because it was unpleasant. The thought of having to deal with all that clutter was […]

Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent

By Leo Babauta What parent hasn’t lost their temper when a kid misbehaves? A parent who hasn’t lost his or her cool is a mythical creature, probably riding on a unicorn over a rainbow right now. I could count the times I’ve lost my cool as a dad on the fingers of one hand — […]

Looking for Love

By Leo Babauta A reader asked for advice for people who are looking for love, trying to meet people, dating. The “looking for love” part of life is definitely trying, and I have to admit I’m no dating expert. I got lucky with Eva, finding her relatively easily and somehow convincing her that I’m dateworthy. […]

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