zen habits
The 4 Keys to Learning Anything

By Leo Babauta I’ve been studying how to learn, as I try to teach myself new skills … and absolutely love learning new things. But I keep running up against a few key problems: Becoming overwhelmed. The more you learn, the more you see there is to learn. The beginner doesn’t know how much there […]. . . read more

The Mindfulness of Pure Experience

By Leo Babauta Dropping any story or narrative in your head about what’s happening right now … what are the sensations you’re feeling at this moment? What are you smelling, tasting, feeling, hearing, seeing? What colors, textures, qualities of light can you perceive? What does it feel like where your body makes contact with your […]. . . read more

5 Ways to Simplify Today

By Leo Babauta Living a life of simplicity can be a beautiful thing. But simplifying itself can seem like an overwhelming process. So I recommend simplicity in your simplifying. Instead of trying to simplify your whole life, tossing out all your clutter and paring your schedule to just meditation and writing your novel … how […]. . . read more

My New Course: Living the Simple Life

By Leo Babauta I started simplifying my life in 2005, about 12 years ago, and since then I’ve not only learned a lot about it, but have written books on simplicity as well. It’s been one of the best changes I’ve made in my life. Simplicity has brought less stress, more peace, better finances, more […]. . . read more

Conquer Your Day with Mini-Missions

By Leo Babauta You haven’t been very productive lately, admit it. You’ve been watching too many videos, cruising your favorite social media, haven’t exercised in too long … you’re slipping, my friend. I’ve got the fix for you. Mini-missions. Here’s how it works: You set yourself a few mini-missions for the day. For example: 1) […]. . . read more

The Clean-as-You-Go Principle

By Leo Babauta I’m not obsessive about neatness, but I’ve learned ways of keeping my house neat and clean in a simple, stress-free way. I call it the “Clean-as-You-Go Principle.” That’s pretty self-explanatory, but of course I can’t resist going into the details. And also, I’ve found this principle to be great for other areas […]. . . read more

How to Love Your Dark Side

By Leo Babauta We all have a side of ourselves (or multiple sides) that we don’t want others to see. You might think of this as your “dark side,” or the Gollum in you (as my friend Adam calls it). It might be that you procrastinate, waste inordinate amounts of time on a certain site […]. . . read more

How to Be Happy When You’re in an Unhappy Situation

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up […]. . . read more

Develop Resiliency: How to Move Towards Your Fears

By Leo Babauta One of the things we tend to do habitually is move away from things we’re afraid of. How very human, how very loving, to protect ourselves! Unfortunately that tendency to avoid fears is exactly what limits us. We avoid our fear of pain, humiliation, anxiety, looking stupid, failing … and we develop […]. . . read more

The Building Self-Discipline Challenge

By Leo Babauta I’m issuing a challenge, to anyone who’d like to work out their self-discipline muscle, who’d like some mental training: Pick one self-discipline task to do for five minutes, every day this month. Commit to doing it publicly, or at least to a few friends or loved ones. Report to them weekly. If […]. . . read more