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To Those Who Are Struggling

By Leo Babauta On Twitter I met a struggling soul who shared a lack of friends, family, motivation, self-esteem and confidence. I feel for him because I know what it’s like to struggle, to feel down and even depressed, to have no motivation. I have suffered from confidence problems, many times. So I’m writing this […]

Removing Ourselves From the Center of Everything

By Leo Babauta When we go about our day, we tell ourselves a story about what’s happening … and at the center of that narrative is a single person. Ourselves. When I talk to myself about how so-and-so is inconsiderate or treated me badly, when I tell myself that it’s OK to procrastinate because I’m […]

The Love of a Long Walk

By Leo Babauta Yesterday afternoon, I set off on a long walk. I’d been having an off day, tired from lots of activities and unmotivated and my mind fixated on one thing … so I decided to walk. I put some snacks, a book, and some water in a backpack, put on some running shorts, […]

Mental Badassery: Becoming Aware of the Stories We Tell Ourselves

By Leo Babauta There’s a hidden mechanism that creates unhappiness, difficulty changing habits, relationship problems, frustration, anger and disappointment. Barely anyone is aware of this hidden mechanism, even though it’s happening all the time, in all of us. It’s the stories we tell ourselves. We do it all day long: we tell ourselves a story […]

8 Experiments in Motivation

By Leo Babauta I was talking to a 19-year-old recently and he has been struggling with motivation. His problem goes like this: he gets excited about starting a project or plan, and is very motivated at the start … but after a few days, that feeling dies down, and he starts procrastinating. He really does […]

My Personal Fat-Loss Plan

By Leo Babauta I think I’m not the only one among us who wants to lose fat. I’m embarking on a 2-month fat-loss plan, and I thought I’d share it with you in case you’re interested. Some background: when I started this blog, almost 10 years ago, I was overweight but had already made a […]

A Mindful Shift of Focus

By Leo Babauta Throughout the day, we get frustrated, irritated, angry. We are frustrated in traffic, when a loved one doesn’t behave the way we like, when someone tells us we’re wrong, when technology doesn’t work the way we want, when dinner is ruined, among many other daily stresses. These frustrations can build up into […]

The Minimalist Way to Declutter

By Leo Babauta One of the best things I’ve done to change my life — along with meditation, exercise, and eating healthier — is to get rid of most of my clutter. I downsized, and became a minimalist. It helped me find space in my life, figure out what was important and focus on that, […]

A Simple Declutter Habit: Leave No Trace

“When you do something you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” ~Shunryu Suzuki By Leo Babauta Zen master Suzuki Roshi spoke about the idea of leaving no trace — doing something with complete presence, and then moving on to the next thing without holding on to previous activities. […]

Training to Be a Good Writer

By Leo Babauta I’m not going to claim to be the world’s greatest writer, but I do think I’m reasonably competent. I’ve been training for 25 years as a writer, and I make a living as a writer. For those who are just starting out as writers, I’d like to share my training. I didn’t […]

To Create a Habit, Tell a Good Story

By Leo Babauta If you want to create a new exercise habit (for example), you might tell yourself something like this: “This is going to be amazing, I’m going to get fit and look incredible and be super healthy!” This is a story you’re telling yourself. It’s not real, but it has tremendous power to […]

On Being a Dad

By Leo Babauta Being a dad is messy … not just the many spills and broken dishes and dirty kitchens and finger-painted walls you have to clean up, but messy because nothing ever goes as planned. It’s messy because you start out with the best of intentions, hoping to be super dad and loving and […]

Zen Habits Book Now For Sale

By Leo Babauta I’m happy to announce that I’m offering my Zen Habits book to purchase, for the first time since I put it on Kickstarter at the end of 2014. The book is called, “Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change.” The Kickstarter campaign did extremely well, and people gave me wonderful feedback on […]

What Productivity Systems Won’t Solve

By Leo Babauta If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the perfect productivity system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. The problem isn’t with the productivity system — the problem is that none of them can solve a few really important (and related) problems: Procrastination Fear of uncertainty Fear of discomfort For example, at the top […]

All You Need, You Already Have

By Leo Babauta There is a famous stone water basin (or “tsukubai”) outside of the even more famous Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, with four characters that read: “ware tada shiru taru.” This is a Zen saying that can be translated in a number of ways, all to do with contentment. But my favorite translation is: […]

Some Days, You Just Have Nothing

By Leo Babauta Yesterday wasn’t a great day for me. I woke up late after too little sleep. Someone I love is mad at me, and doesn’t seem to want to talk to me, which put me in a down mood. I couldn’t get focused to do any writing, so I answered emails, read stuff […]

Let Go of Stress: Nothing to Cling To

By Leo Babauta Stress is a killer. It contributes to health problems, unhappiness, depression, relationship problems, and more. We’re always going to have some stress in our lives, but how can we manage it? By finding the cause, and working with that cause. In my mindfulness experiments, I’ve found that the root cause of stress […]

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 […]

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