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What I’ve Learned as a Writer

By Leo Babauta I’ve been a professional writer since I was 17: so nearly 24 years now. I’ve made my living with words, and have written a lot of them — more than 10 million (though many of them were duplicates). That means I’ve made a ton of errors. Lots of typos. Lots of bad […]

What the Exercise Habit Did For Me

By Leo Babauta There was a point in my life, back in 2005 and earlier, when I couldn’t exercise regularly. I really wanted to, I knew I should, but I couldn’t. Some of you might be in this boat today. I’m here to tell you: that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with you. Not being able […]

Fear is the Root of Your Problems

By Leo Babauta Every problem you or I have (and they are many, small and large), is rooted in fear. For some, that might seem obvious: the question is how to beat the fears. For others, it’s not so self-evident: why are my financial or relationship or procrastination problems caused by fear? Let’s tackle both […]

This Moment

By Leo Babauta We all suffer, every day: worry, procrastination, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, irritated, angry, frustrated, wishing things were different, comparing ourselves to others, worried we’re missing out, wishing other people...Show More Summary

36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits

By Leo Babauta I’ve learned these lessons the hard way. I struggled to quit smoking in the early 2000s, failing seven times before finally succeeding in late 2005. I struggled with exercise habits, with changing my horrible eating habits, with waking earlier and being more productive and getting out of debt and simplifying my life. […]

The 3 Do-What-You-Love Conundrums

By Leo Babauta I make a living doing what I love, and I recommend it to my kids. Doing what you love for a living is fantastic. However, it comes with three conundrums: Will earning money for what you love make you stop loving it? Can everyone do what they love? What about stuff you […]

How I Conduct My Business

By Leo Babauta I started my own business at a late age — by the time I made Zen Habits into a business in 2007, I was in my mid-30s and had toiled through various jobs for 17 years. So when I started out, I didn’t know what I was doing (and still don’t, but […]

Constant Task Switching

By Leo Babauta I know I’m losing focus when I’m constantly jumping around from task to task. This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking on this and that. No […]

The Habits of Five Amazing Founders

By Leo Babauta If you haven’t been following my Habits of Entrepreneurs video interview series, you’re in for a treat. I’ve released a powerful lineup of interviews with five founders: Kevin Rose (1.45 million Twitter followers), Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate, Tony Stubblebine of Lift, Joel Gascoigne of Buffer, and Mike Del Ponte of SomaWater. […]

The Incredible Importance of Sleep for Habits & Motivation

By Leo Babauta For a long time, I underestimated the importance of sleep. Sure, I know that sleep is important for health and happiness and all of that … but it wasn’t until I learned two things that sleep took on a new importance for me: If you don’t get enough sleep, you will fail […]

What Really Motivates Us to Stick to a Project?

By Leo Babauta I get asked about the idea of No Goals a lot. That’s not surprising, given how deeply Goals are ingrained in us. And while these days I play with the line between having goals and not having them (it’s not solid line), I’ve learned a lot about myself by allowing myself to […]

I Tried to Quit & It’s Too Hard!

By Leo Babauta You might have uttered the title of this post before — I know I did when I tried to quit smoking. And when I considered giving up meat, cheese, sugar, and more. Quitting something can seem incredibly hard, so much so that we don’t even want to put ourselves through the suffering. […]

Unwired: A Month With Limited Internet, & Now No Cell Phone

By Leo Babauta In January, as part of my Year of Living Without, I experimented with limited Internet, and this month I’m going without my cell phone. Limiting my Internet was a challenge, I have to admit. I make my living on the Internet, do my learning there, teach my kids things, do my finances, […]

Procrastination is a Mindfulness Problem

By Leo Babauta We all procrastinate, and by and large, we all know the solutions to our procrastination. I put off writing this article (ironically, I know, and yes I know you’ll put off reading this article) by doing a bunch of smaller tasks, for example. They were less important and I knew it, but […]

Letting Go of Judging People

By Leo Babauta One of the best changes I’ve made to help me be happier is learning to see judging other people as a red flag. Now, I’m not going to pretend I don’t ever judge other people — I think it’s either a built-in method all humans have, or something we develop because of […]

Don’t Scratch the Itch

By Leo Babauta One thing I’ve learned from my weeklong bout with poison oak (read about it, including my update on a cure) … is a lot about itches. I’ve become somewhat of a minor expert on itches. I’ve learned to watch the itch and not scratch it. Now, why the hell is that useful […]

Become Happy in the Face of Physical Misery

By Leo Babauta Last week I came down with a bad case of poison oak rash. Now, that might not sound that bad, but this rash covers all over my body (including places best left undiscusssed) and also my face, eyes, mouth. It’s not pretty, and while I won’t go into details, it’s pretty disgusting […]

How Repetition Can Kickstart a Habit

‘Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.’ ~Napoleon Hill By Leo Babauta I sometime get accused, by readers who have been reading me for awhile, of repetition. I repeat concepts when it comes to habits, simplicity, mindfulness. Well, sure. My most basic principles are repeated often on […]

Zen Productivity

By Leo Babauta This morning I had a ton of work to do, and I felt the anxiety building, the moment I woke up and started thinking about all that work. Instead of getting moving, I watched my anxiety. It’s an interesting feeling of rising panic, of adrenaline shooting from my chest outward. My mind […]

When You’re Feeling Self-Doubt & a Lack of Motivation

By Leo Babauta This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of overtiredness from a few days of hard work, and a lack of sleep last night. I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything important this morning, which is a rare thing for me. And I just felt bad in general. I […]

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