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Zen Habits (English)

Leo Babuata
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. Copyright free content from


Neither Averting Nor Craving in Each Moment

How Taking Care of My Finances Changed My Life

Tips for Traveling with Kids

My Grand Travel Experiment

The Parent I Aspire to Be

The Best & Less-than-Best Motivations for Learning

The Miracle of Suspending Mis-Belief

7 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People

Finding Motivation on Important But Non-Urgent Tasks

Learning Tips for the Top 8 Learning Challenges

The 30-Day Learning Challenge

The Place Where You Are

Feeling Determined to Change

Practicing Non-Judgment

Hold Your Own Feet to the Fire

Don’t Waste Your Opportunity

How to Beat Procrastination with Daily Training

The Time When We’ll Be Present & Content

A Simple, Powerful Self-Compassion Method

When Others Frustrate You

Your Internet Habits Create Your Reality

The Case for Replacing Exercise with Play

Leave Yourself Wanting More

Fail Faster at Habits

The Anti-Bucket List

Getting Started with the Discipline Habit

The Case for Caring About Your Work

Questions of Priority

The Futility of Always Pushing Myself to Be More

Pare Down with the Declutter Habit

You’re Not Doing Life Wrong

Getting Lost in Just Doing

An Addict’s Guide to Overcoming the Distraction Habit

The Source of Contentment

Savor Discipline: Merge the Interests of Your Future & Present Selves

What You Can Say Instead of “I Don’t Feel Like It”

The Things That Get in the Way of Doing

The Girl Who Saw Through the Illusions

A Gradual Approach to Healthy Eating

Unconditional Acceptance of Yourself

My Typical Day: How I Get People to Think I’m Productive

The Contentment Habit

The Delightfully Short Guide to Reading More Books

In Praise of Limits

The Art of Being My Dad

5 Ideas to Create an Amazing 2015

Essential Zen Habits of 2014

Karate Chop

Practicing Slowness & Being Present

Overwhelmed by All the Changes You Want to Make

My 2014 Successes and Failures

Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life

When You’re Lonely

The Brain’s Fast Mode

5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays

The Zen Habits Holiday Gift Guide

The Four Hidden Habit Skills

The Power of Delay

Overwhelmed & Rushed? Do a Stress Assess

Writer as Coder: The Iterative Way to Write a Book

Please Support the Zen Habits Book

Are You a Lift or Drag Force?

When Resistance Smacks You in the Face

When Your Plate is Too Full

The Quickstart Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

The Zen Habits Book is Almost Done

A Quick Guide to Gaining Confidence When You Socialize

The Empty Container

The Realization

A Guide to Changing Self-Destructive Behaviors

Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

It’s Not Too Late to Change Bad Habits

The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

My Most Effective Learning Tools

What I Do When I Fail

How to Put Your Writing in Public

The Productive Sprint

The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits

Seized by the Thunderhold of Fear

What to Eat for Fat Loss

The Heartbreaking Cruelty of Comparing Yourself to Others

A Brief Guide to Overcoming Instant Gratification

How to Get Motivated After a Vacation

7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV Addiction

How to Breathe

7 Discipline-Mastering Practices

7 Rules That Keep My Life Simple

An Education in the Majestic Sierra Nevada

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

How to Believe in Yourself

Don’t Waste a Moment

How to Find Your Life Purpose: An Unconventional Approach

How to Be Great

Making Yourself Work

Inhabit the Moment

How to Master the Art of Living

The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

Living the Simple Life

How to Be Prepared for Anything

Turn Toward the Problem

The End of the Day Philosophy

The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

How to Change Other People

Pursuing Happiness When It’s Already Within You

The Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home

Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent

Looking for Love

How to Stop Your Habit Changes From Getting Derailed

Why We Have Regret

The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons

A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism

The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes

My Struggles with Eating Boring Food

The No Procrastination Challenge

Creating a Lovely Morning

A Father’s Manifesto: Raising Young Men Who Respect Women

Turn Inspiration Into Action

Coming Back From a Setback

The Gift

A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life

No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids

How to Make a Marriage Work

Love Notes

Flavorless: My Month of Food Boringness

The Letting Go Ebook, Free

The Miracle of the Self-Compassion Habit

How I Tackle a Big Writing Project

The Habit Action List

The Reality of This Moment

Confidence in Your Business

10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

On Making It Through Tough Journeys

The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

What to Think About During Exercise

You’ll Be OK

The Most Important Two Minutes of Your Life

A Call for Compassion for the Defenseless

The Cure for Your Distraction Syndrome

You’re Not Worse Than Other People

Being Mindful of Your Stress

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

The Universe of a Single Task

Simplifying Is Painful

Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant

How I Cleaned House & Simplified My Work Life

The Busy Person’s Guide to Reducing Stress

My Month Without a Smartphone

What I’ve Learned as a Writer

What the Exercise Habit Did For Me

Fear is the Root of Your Problems

This Moment

36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits

The 3 Do-What-You-Love Conundrums

How I Conduct My Business

Constant Task Switching

The Habits of Five Amazing Founders

The Incredible Importance of Sleep for Habits & Motivation

What Really Motivates Us to Stick to a Project?

I Tried to Quit & It’s Too Hard!

Unwired: A Month With Limited Internet, & Now No Cell Phone

Procrastination is a Mindfulness Problem

Letting Go of Judging People

Don’t Scratch the Itch

Become Happy in the Face of Physical Misery

How Repetition Can Kickstart a Habit

Zen Productivity

When You’re Feeling Self-Doubt & a Lack of Motivation

The Child That Holds Us Back

Stateless Mindset

My Month of (Almost) No Internet

12 Changes for 2014

Essential Zen Habits of 2013

The Fear of Being Alone

The Calm Approach

Things Every Man Should Own

Family Gatherings: The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground

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

A Method to Find Balance

16 Surprising Lessons from My First 50-Mile Ultramarathon

The Simple Fitness Habit Holiday Challenge

Struggles with My Morning Internet Fast

Surrender, Mindfulness & Entrepreneurship

How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go

Finding Focus

When You Run Out of Ideas

The Necessary Art of Subtraction

Jealousy & Suffering

How Creativity Works, & How to Do It

Self-Discipline in 5 Sentences

Make It Your Job

Developing Selfless Compassion

Lyrical Learning, & Why We Learn Habits Wrong

A Month Without Sugar

Why I Read (+ a Dozen Book Recommendations)

12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

Burn Down the Farm

My Most Minimal Travel Setup Yet

The Exquisite Habits of the Founder of Blue Bottle Coffee

3 Little Tricks to Deal With People Who Offend You

My Healthiest Travel Routine Yet

Startup Founder Megan Casey’s Habits of Priorities

My Pursuit of the Art of Living

A Month Without TV or Video

The Way of No Debt

Letting Go: How to Live With the Loss of a Loved One

The Way to Be

Ramit Sethi’s Entrepreneurial Habits

The Time to Shut Down

The Pain & Beauty of Life Changes

8 Creativity Lessons from a Pixar Animator

Zen Mountain: Leave It All Behind

Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different

Finding Quiet and Mindfulness Through Food

My Failed Month of ‘No Sitting’

The Thinking Habit That Changed My Life

Liking Healthy Foods is a Choice

Unschoolery: My New Blog on Unschooling

My Advice for Starting a Business

Creating Your Habit Environment

Travel Lessons with My Family

Easier Decision-Making: Conduct Experiments

Simplify: Let Go of Your Crutches

The Fear of Being Found a Fraud

The Flexible Mind

Declutter Your Life

A Month Without Coffee

The Healthful Vegan Diet

Living the Quiet Life

The Art of Tasting Chocolate Mindfully

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

The Habits of Happiness

How to Keep Habits Going During Travel

A Year of Living Without

The Key Habits of Organization

I Failed

Vegan Guide to San Francisco

The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others

A Secret to Dad Greatness

Habits: A Simple Change in Mindset Changes Everything

The Worry That You’re Doing the Wrong Thing Right Now

6 Steps To Being More Creative

How I Finally Faced My Weight & Debt Problems

Working with the Obstacles in Your Path

9 Rules for a Simpler Day

The Little Book of Contentment

The Obstacle is the Path

5 Lessons in Contentment from Billionaires Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger

Smile in Each Moment

A Guide to Practical Compassion

6 Steps To Healing Yourself

The 7-Day Vegan Challenge

Why You Should Write Daily

Achieving Without Goals

Flowing with the Stresses of Kids (or anyone else)

Habit Mastery: Creating the New Normal

Defeat Distraction: Refocusing with Purpose

Expanding the Envelope: A Method for Beating Anger

A Guide to Practical Contentment

The Practice of Work Mind & Vacation Mind, Simultaneously

How to Eat Real Food Without Spending Hours in the Kitchen

Quitting Your Habits

The 38 Best Methods of Successful Exercisers

How To Make It Impossible To Fail

The Not Knowing Path of Being an Entrepreneur

How to Change Your Life: A User’s Guide

Getting Your Family On Board with Life Changes

How to Stick to a Habit When Life Falls Apart

Zen Mind in the Middle of Chaos & Stress

Create a Sacred Space in Your Heart

Meditation: The Most Fundamental Habit

Creating the Genuine Connections We Long For

Tremors of Psychitude: One Little Trick to Find Purpose and Motivation

Create the Habits of Being Lean, in 7 Years

Walled-in: Life Without Facebook

The 7 Habits of Calmness

The Four Habits that Form Habits

Advice to My Kids

My 10 Essential Email Habits

The Daily Checklist

Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide

The Meditation Diet: How I Lost 60+ lbs. by Savoring

The Power of Habit Investments

Discomfort Zone: How to Master the Universe

The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early

Do Less: A Short Guide

How to Savor Life

What We Lack in a Hyperconnected World

Simplify the Internet

12 Rules to Live By

The New Rules of Fitness for 2013

52 Changes for 2013

The Unprocrastination Month, and the Relaunch of the Sea Change Program

Essential Zen Habits of 2012

The Other Person is Never the Problem

The Do Plan, or Why We Know But Don’t Do

28 Brilliant Tips for Living Life

The Clutter-free Holiday Guide

The Little Trick to Make Any Moment Better

Tim Ferriss vs. Leo Babauta Showdown: On Whether Goals Suck

The Work You Love is Waiting For You

The 7-Step Method to Find Focus for Writing

The Buy-Nothing Holiday Survival Guide

Challenge: Buy Nothing Until 2013

How to Learn Anything

Shaken By Life’s Beauty, Shaken

Untrack: Letting Go of the Stress of Measuring

15 Great Excuses Not to Form the Fitness Habit

How to Make Health Insurance a Bad Bet

Why the Fitness Habit is More Important Than the Plan

The Willingness to Think Differently

Create a Superhealth Community

A Vegan Tour of NYC