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What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Yourself?

By Leo Babauta Have you ever had people annoy you at work? Or maybe family members whose little habits bothered you? Have you been frustrated by a store clerk or waiter, or maybe another driver? What about frustration with your kid, or spouse? How can we become more tolerant, find calm in the middle of […]

The Universe of a Single Task

By Leo Babauta In the neverending rush of our day, what does one little task matter? It is everything. We speed through each task as if it’s nothing, looking already to the next task, until we collapse at the end of the day, exhausted. Having spent a day cranking through nothings. That’s one approach, and […]

Simplifying Is Painful

By Leo Babauta Creating simplicity and focus is anything but easy. It requires saying no, and in doing so you make others feel rejected. It requires giving up things you love, so you can truly say yes to the most essential. In the past two weeks, I’ve simplified my work projects, drastically and heart-wrenchingly. To […]

Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant

By Leo Babauta I’m the first to admit that for many years, I have been a bit emotionally needy. Not in a crazy, desperate way, but in the way that many of us are. I wanted someone else to make me happy, blamed others for my unhappiness, sought to fulfill my emotional needs through others. […]

How I Cleaned House & Simplified My Work Life

By Leo Babauta Last week, I spent two days doing some productivity housekeeping. What the heck is that? It’s liberating and wonderful, that’s what. Imagine your house was messy (hard to picture, I know), because you kept putting off little things like putting away your clothes, washing your dishes, throwing things away, putting things where […]

The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress

By Leo Babauta Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in many peoples’ lives: it can cause heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, weight problems and more. But we’re busy — how do we drop the stress levels down while still getting our jobs done, taking care of ourselves […]

My Month Without a Smartphone

By Leo Babauta In February, I went (almost) completely without my iPhone. I thought it would be hard, and it was at first, but it turned out to be one of the best changes I’ve made in my Year of Living Without. I highly recommend periods of no cellphone: for disconnectedness, quietness, and full attention […]

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, […]

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