Zen Habits

Finding Stillness: Resting at Home in the Middle of Chaos

By Leo Babauta There’s a part of us that wants to find peace from all the chaos in our lives, all the busyness and distractions and complication and stress and overwhelmingness of it all. We want to

Act with Devotion & Intention, Letting Go of Attachment to Outcome

By Leo Babauta You’re starting a project or a new exercise plan, and it’s in shaky new territory for you. You feel doubt about whether you can do it, and so you’re tensely doing everything you can to

When You Have a Voice Telling You You’re Inadequate

By Leo Babauta This week I had conversations with a couple of loved ones who struggle with an inner voice that tells them that something is wrong with them. It made me think about many years where I

Two Simple Habits of Non-Procrastinators (Plus One Bonus Habit)

By Leo Babauta It’s pretty rare to find people who (almost) never procrastinate — in my experience, 95-99% of people procrastinate, at least part of each day. If not most of the day! That’s not a

How to Choose Your Purpose-Filled Career

By Leo Babauta The other day, I was thinking about what advice I’d give to my teen-age son and nephew as they think about what work they want to do in the world, as they grow up … and at first, I

The Simple Pleasure of Clearing Piled Up Work & Chores

By Leo Babauta Yesterday we arrived home here in Davis, CA from a monthlong trip to Tokyo and Guam … and today I’ve been on a lovely spree, clearing out inboxes and processing paper mail and taking

Creating the Time to Do What You Love Every Day

By Leo Babauta Our days are often filled with things we have to do, and things we do to comfort ourselves from the stress and tiredness from doing what we have to do … so we end up putting off what we

A Mantra for Dealing with Life’s Annoyances

By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’ve come down with a bug (strep throat — yay!), right in the middle of travel, sleep difficulties, big life changes, a workload that’s piling high, and more. As you

Haiku Productivity: The Power of Limits to Increase Our Focus

By Leo Babauta A decade ago, I wrote about “Haiku Productivity” and how limits can make us more productive, more focused, and better able to prioritize and simplify. The idea comes from haiku poetry,

Mental Resiliency: Letting Go of the Guilt of Not Getting Things Done

By Leo Babauta It happens to all of us: we don’t get done what we hoped to get done, then we feel stressed or guilty about it. It’s time to let that go, because it’s not helping us. We can build

Warm Ocean Mind: Becoming Immersed in the Moment

By Leo Babauta Have you ever been on vacation, perhaps floating in warm ocean water, or lounging on a deck or hammock, completely relaxed? There’s a way in which you open your mind to everything

Grand Canyon Focus: The Practice of Full Devotion to a Single Task

By Leo Babauta There is a coffee shop here in Tokyo (where I’m visiting this week), Bear Pond Espresso, that has been called the best coffee shop in the world. The owner and barista, Katsu Tanaka, is

Develop the Powerful Habit of Mindful Focus

By Leo Babauta Creating a life of focus, purpose and mindfulness is a tough thing these days. If you’re like me, you want to bring forth your gifts to the world, but you’re pulled in a thousand

Four Antidotes to Procrastination

By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been procrastinating a bit more than normal, and of course it doesn’t feel great. The truth is, though, that there are a number of good reasons for my procrastination: I’ve
A Tea Trip for the Ages

A Tea Trip for the Ages

Gabor of Zhao Zhou, Budapest “Tea is a religion of the art of life.” ~Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea By Leo Babauta Today I am finishing an unplanned around-the-world trip with my friend Tynan that

Becoming a Master of the Time-Scarcity Demon

By Leo Babauta It’s something most of us deal with every day, often without realizing it’s there: a feeling of time scarcity. We know it well: the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time

How to Be Calm

By Leo Babauta I’ve often been described as a “calm” person. I’m not sure if they really mean “boring,” but I’m happy to be calm most of the time. When others are stressing out, I can help calm them

Creating Structure to Go Deep

By Leo Babauta A friend of mine was telling me about two of the most successful times of his often very scattered life … and they both came when he was very focused on one learning project. Having a

The Craving for Wholeness That Drives Our Actions

By Leo Babauta There’s a sense of incompleteness in our lives. We have felt it since adolescence, at least, if not since early childhood — it’s a feeling that something is wrong with us, that

The March Challenge: One Small Change, One Big Impact

By Leo Babauta We’ve just started the third month of the year, and with the realization that this year is slipping past us so quickly … I’m issuing a challenge to all of you. My March Challenge is to