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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 […]

The Child That Holds Us Back

By Leo Babauta It took me a long time to figure out why I, and so many others, have difficulties changing habits and making lasting changes in our lives. It all comes down to a little child. And that child lives within each of us. I had a hard time quitting smoking in 2005, because […]

Stateless Mindset

By Leo Babauta In programming, there is the concept of statelessness. It means that each request is treated anew, without memory of previous requests. This is extremely limiting in some ways, but in another way it’s a great way to deal with a ton of requests. Imagine if you as a person dealt with millions […]

My Month of (Almost) No Internet

By Leo Babauta I’m starting 2014 with the hardest month of my Year of Living Without so far: no Internet all day. OK, let’s rephrase that — I’m not going to use the Internet all day, except to post stuff to my blogs/sites or for programming. And for an hour at 5pm each day. That […]

12 Changes for 2014

By Leo Babauta What will you make of the blank slate that is 2014? What can you create? What changes can you make stick? These are the questions to ask ourselves right now. Imagine a year from now, as we’re finishing 2014 — what new habits will you have then? You can take the usual […]

Essential Zen Habits of 2013

By Leo Babauta What an amazing year. For me and Zen Habits, which just finished its 7th year of existence, 2013 was a year of pure joy. Writing for all of you is a blessing, a ton of fun, a life I love living. Here are some of the highlights of 2013 for me and […]

The Fear of Being Alone

‘All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.’ ~Blaise Pascal By Leo Babauta A surprising number of people fear being alone. Maybe just about all of us do to some extent. We fear being without a partner, or friends and family. We fear traveling alone in strange places, […]

The Calm Approach

By Leo Babauta Yesterday I got a van from my carshare service to drive the family to a friend’s house. I drove down a busy street with a smile on my face, and a peaceful feeling in my body. Now, this isn’t a normal thing for me. All my life, driving has been something stressful, […]

Things Every Man Should Own

By Leo Babauta Many sites have created lists of things “every man should own”, coincidentally around the holiday shopping season. A reader suggested I create a Zen Habits version of this list. This list is definitive. Pen and notebook. For jotting down life lessons, and starting a novel. A library card. To read the Tao […]

Last Chance to Buy 3 Zen Habits Ebooks

By Leo Babauta I’ve decided to do a little year-end housecleaning and remove three of my ebooks from my shelves. As of Dec. 25, 2013, the following three books will no longer be for sale: The Zen Habits Handbook for Life The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination You can […]

Family Gatherings: The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground

By Leo Babauta This is the time of year when many families come together, for extended gatherings or just a get-together or three. And as wonderful as that may be, it can be a trying time for many, for lots of reasons: old conflicts coming up, painful emotional patterns, people criticizing you, lots of people […]

Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled

By Leo Babauta Recently an 18-year-old who is finishing school wrote to me, asking for advice on choosing a career without enough life and work experience to make an intelligent decision. He said, “Should I take the road less traveled, which may be risky and fearful, or choose a college course that interests me to […]

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