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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 […]

A Method to Find Balance

By Leo Babauta Despite the insipid title of this post, work-life balance is a bit of a myth. Sure, we work too much, don’t have time for all the other things we want to do, are always tired, eat convenience food or comfort food rather than nutritious or nourishing food, never have time for solitude […]

16 Surprising Lessons from My First 50-Mile Ultramarathon

‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ ~Nelson Mandela By Leo Babauta On Saturday, I did what I thought I couldn’t do. I ran a 50-mile ultramarathon. Now, I’m certainly not the first to run a race like this — thousands of other stronger, tougher runners have done it. I’m not even one of the […]

The Simple Fitness Habit Holiday Challenge

By Leo Babauta Today I’m announcing the relaunch of my Simple Fitness Habit program, with two big things I’m excited about: The SFH Holiday Challenge, and My new ebook on sticking to habits: Discipline, Solved I’ll go into more details of both new things below, but first I should tell you what Simple Fitness Habit […]

Struggles with My Morning Internet Fast

And a New Month Without Refined Carbs By Leo Babauta In my 5th month in the Year of Living Without, I tried going without computers or Internet in the morning. It was more of a struggle than I’d anticipated. My thinking with this month was that I’d be able to get more writing and reading […]

Surrender, Mindfulness & Entrepreneurship

By Leo Babauta Running a business often is about sales, revenue, marketing, and the bottom line. But it can have soul too. In my new Habits of Entrepreneurs video interview series, I’ve recently published two fantastic interviews with entrepreneurs who do things differently. And they’re incredibly successful at doing things this way. Let me introduce […]

How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go

‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta The end of procrastination is the art of letting go. I’ve been a lifelong procrastinator, at least until recent years. I would put things off until […]

Finding Focus

By Leo Babauta Do you ever have one of those days when you just can’t seem to find focus? When you fritter away your time on nothingnesses, distractions, wandering without really doing something important? Or one of those weeks? I have those days regularly. I can find myself “working” for several hours, but at the […]

When You Run Out of Ideas

By Leo Babauta I had a friend ask me if I ever run out of ideas of things to write about, because my blog gives the impression that I don’t. Well, I do. I often have lots of ideas, but there are many times when I have none. I thought it would be useful to […]

The Necessary Art of Subtraction

By Leo Babauta The tendency of our lives, businesses, art, is to keep adding: more furniture, clothes, gadgets, tasks, appointments, features to websites and apps, words to our writing. Continual addition isn’t sustainable or desirable: Too many things to do means we’re always busy, with no time for rest, stillness, contemplation, creativity, time with loved […]

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