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The Quickstart Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

By Leo Babauta It seems like it was only last year when I was quitting smoking while stuck in debt, bad eating habits, a procrastinator and sedentary … but in reality that was me 9 years ago. I still remember how hard it was to quit, how I justified those bad habits to myself for […]

The Zen Habits Book is Almost Done

By Leo Babauta I don’t do a lot of promotional posts here on Zen Habits, but I thought you guys might like an update on how my book is going. It’s almost done! It’s called, “Zen Habits — Mastering the Art of Change”, and I’m finishing up the manuscript now. I’ve been working on it […]

A Quick Guide to Gaining Confidence When You Socialize

By Leo Babauta I’m a shy person by nature, not a natural extrovert and definitely not comfortable in large groups of people. So if you’re like me at all, then this guide is for you. I’ve had to learn to be more confident in social situations, and it hasn’t exactly been easy. But some things […]

The Empty Container

By Leo Babauta Our lives get so complicated not overnight but gradually. The complications creep up on us, one insignificant step at a time. Today I order something online, tomorrow someone gives me a gift, then I get a free giveaway, then I decide I need some new tools. One item at a time, the […]

The Realization

By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been practicing asking myself a question: What if this moment were already perfect, everything you needed to be happy? This question is transformative. If I’m upset about something, I reconsider the moment and realize that I’m being small-minded about something, and that if I look at the entire moment, I […]

A Guide to Changing Self-Destructive Behaviors

By Leo Babauta I have a reader who wants to make positive changes in her life, but can’t seem to stop certain behaviors. She writes: “I am consistently challenged with being mindful when buying food. What do you do when you are doing things that self-destructive and are not good and continue to do them. […]

Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

By Leo Babauta My son, who is officially an adult in a matter of days, is facing a small crisis: the project he’s working on is not going well, and he’s ready to give up not only on the project but the career he was excited about not too long ago. I can feel the […]

It’s Not Too Late to Change Bad Habits

By Leo Babauta If you’re deeply in debt, or your bad health habits have overwhelmed you, it’s likely that you don’t feel you can make a big impact on those problems anymore. I know when I was an overweight, sedentary smoker, who was so far in debt that I was constantly depressed … I felt […]

The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

By Leo Babauta Sticking to a new habit isn’t easy — but if you set up your habit change smartly, you can make it stick. Starting a new habit isn’t too hard — we often get excited about starting an exercise plan or diet or waking up early, for example. But a number of obstacles […]

My Most Effective Learning Tools

By Leo Babauta This blog has been a way for me to share what I’ve learned, about simplicity, mindfulness, habits, motivation, work, parenting, life. And it’s been quite a journey of learning. I look back on when I started Zen Habits, nearly eight years ago, and I’m amazed at how much I’ve changed. I’ve lost […]

What I Do When I Fail

By Leo Babauta I fail at things much more than you might imagine, given that I’ve written books on forming habits and being content with yourself and being a minimalist and more. I fail at all of that stuff, and it feels just as horrible for me as it does for anyone else. I get […]

How to Put Your Writing in Public

By Leo Babauta You’d think that after 8 years of public blogging and writing books, I’d be completely free of fear when it comes to putting my writing out in public. You would, of course, be wrong. I still get little shivers of nervousness when I hit the “Publish” button on any post, and bigger […]

The Productive Sprint

By Leo Babauta In the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 45,000 words, including 10 posts for Zen Habits and Sea Change and 30 chapters in my new book. That’s a lot of writing. I don’t usually write that much — it’s an unusually high output for me, and I’m not usually that productive. […]

The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits

By Leo Babauta Like a chump, I struggled for years trying to change my habits. I started an exercise program or diet with unrestrained optimism, probably a dozen times. I threw away all my cigarettes and tried quitting smoking about seven times. I tried waking up early, reading more, writing daily, getting out of debt, […]

Seized by the Thunderhold of Fear

By Leo Babauta They’re all around us, affecting our lives in unseen ways, causing worry, hesitation, confusion, anxiety, avoidance. They bring us to our knees. Fears control us in ways we never realize, unacknowledged and more powerful because of their unknown workings. Fears stop us from following our dreams, from taking risks, from pursuing love, […]

What to Eat for Fat Loss

By Leo Babauta I’ve gone from obese to overweight to normal weight to pretty fit, in the last decade, and I’m sometimes asked what someone should eat if they want to lose fat. I’ve tried many diets: Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, Paleo, Vegan, and a handful of others. I’ve created my own meal plans, I’ve […]

The Heartbreaking Cruelty of Comparing Yourself to Others

By Leo Babauta We all do it: we look at what others are doing and wish we were doing that too. Or, alternatively, we scoff at what they’re doing and judge them, and see ourselves as better. One makes us feel bad, the other makes us feel superior. Neither makes us happy. Let’s take a […]

A Brief Guide to Overcoming Instant Gratification

By Leo Babauta It’s no secret that we live in the Age of Instant gratification. That’s not news. But Paul Roberts has written an excellent essay at The American Scholar looking at the breadth of this phenomena on our society — it’s a must read. A sample quote from Roberts’ essay: ‘The notion of future […]

How to Get Motivated After a Vacation

By Leo Babauta I open the door to my house after a long flight and drive home from the airport, and Eva and I and the kids throw our bags down and immediately want to go to sleep. We’re jetlagged, tired from traveling, worn from all-day walks around foreign cities. We flop onto our beds […]

7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV Addiction

By Leo Babauta How do you beat something so addictive as the Internet, or TV — things most of us find ourselves increasingly immersed in, all day long? I won’t get into the whys of curbing an addiction like this — I’m going to assume you already want to make a change. The change can […]

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