zen habits
The Action Habit: Put Everything Into the First Step

By Leo Babauta The things that stop us from taking action are all-too-familiar: Feeling overwhelmed Fear Not knowing where to start A habit of procrastinating and doing easier things It’s easy to get into a mode of inaction, but building the Action Habit can be a lot more difficult. The reason is that the feedback […]. . . read more

How to Train Yourself to Stay Focused

By Leo Babauta It’s a common problem these days: switching between browser tabs and apps on your phone, checking social media and messages and email, thinking about the million things you have to do but putting them off … Anything but staying focused on one task at a time. And it’s hard to break out […]. . . read more

The Amazing Self-Confidence Habit

By Leo Babauta How often has a lack of self-confidence, or a feeling of inadequacy, stopped us from doing something awesome? I would guess that for lots of us, this feeling of inadequacy stopped us from: Putting ourselves into uncomfortable social situations were we might make new friends or start dating Starting a new business, […]. . . read more

Single-Minded Devotion to a Task

By Leo Babauta I’m going to share a secret to productivity, happiness and mindfulness that you can practice right now, and every day: Devote yourself single-mindedly to anything you do. And by that, I mean anything. For example, you can single-mindedly focus on: Writing Washing a dish Talking to someone Reading an online article Listening […]. . . read more

Starting, Over and Over Again

By Leo Babauta There’s a hope that when we start creating a new habit that we’ll master it and never have to worry about it again, or when we start a new project that it’ll go perfectly. Unfortunately, life never goes according to our plans. We travel, and eating and exercise habits go out the […]. . . read more

The Destructive Habit of Evaluating Everything We Do

By Leo Babauta You’re going through your day, and it’s like you’re a newspaper critic, constantly looking for things to praise and criticize. Did a workout? Amazing job Leo! Spent too much time on Youtube? Bad Leo! Body is looking flabby as you walk past the mirror? You absolute slob. Everything we do becomes something […]. . . read more

How to Get Back on Track with Motivation & Habits

By Leo Babauta It happens to all of us: you are going strong with a project, with learning something new, with a new habit or two … and things go sideways. You get derailed. This is a critical junction. If you let yourself quit, all your time and effort up until now has been for […]. . . read more

The Eternal Dilemma: Revenge or Forgiveness?

By Leo Babauta It’s easy to get upset at someone who has hurt you — but what’s the best way to get them back? What kind of revenge, served cold perhaps, can you dream up? I recently had someone write to me about this: “Recently one of my family members hurt me badly. They believe […]. . . read more

New Course: The Magic of Forming New Relationships

By Leo Babauta It can be really difficult when you aren’t good at talking to people, at making friends, or at dating. It can stress you out, get you down, make your life harder. I consider myself an introvert, but I’ve made a concerted effort in my life to get better at making friends and […]. . . read more

Becoming Strong & Healthy as a Vegan

By Leo Babauta As a vegan for the last five years (and veg for a decade), I’ve learned a bit about being healthy and strong on plants. For those who would like to learn about it, I’m offering this guide (as a non-expert fellow learner). I had a reader write to me about becoming vegetarian, […]. . . read more