Zen Habits

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Zen Habits
Zen Habits.jpg
Web address http://zenhabits.net
Slogan smile, breathe & go slowly
Type of site Blog
Available in English
Owner Public Domain
Created by Leo Babauta
Launched February 2007
Current status Active

Zen Habits is a blog written by Leo Babauta about implementing zen habits in daily life. It is mostly advice or suggestions for how to live, but also includes frequent references to Leo Babauta's personal life, how he has implemented these habits himself and the results he has got. He covers topics such as simplifying, living frugally, parenting, happiness, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, eating healthily, successfully implementing good habits. It also used to include information on achieving goals, though since about 2013 he has moved away from this.

It is a popular blog within the self help space and is one of the most visited blogs on the Internet with 240,000 subscribers,[1] Alexa ranks it as 3,823rd popular website in the US, and as 8,012th globally.[2]

Zen Habits was created by Leo Babauta (born April 30, 1973), a blogger, journalist and published author from the United States territory of Guam who currently lives in San Francisco. Babauta's first post was on February 1, 2007.[3] In February 2009, Time Magazine named Zen Habits one of the Top 25 Blogs for 2009,[4] and in June 2010, it named Zen Habits at the top of its list for the Top 25 Blogs for 2010.[5] Until approximately 2010, the blog focused largely on topics such as productivity and being organized, but Babauta later drifted away from these topics. In a post titled "Toss Productivity Out", published 6 September 2011, Babauta explicitly encouraged his readers to focus on simplifying their lives rather than getting more things done.[6]

Babauta also has a blog focused on simplicity called mnmlist.com, which is not currently being updated. He brought attention to The 100 Things Challenge,[7] which is a powerful method of working toward Simple living. The challenge is to reduce personal possessions to 100 items or fewer. There is some wiggle room because collections such as books may be counted as a single list item. Babauta subsequently set the 50 Things Challenge.[8]

On November 6, 2007, an e-book called Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System was made available to purchase.[9] It is composed of some of Zen Habits' popular blog posts.

On January 7, 2008, the Zen Habits blog and Zen to Done e-book were dedicated to the public domain.[10]

On December 30, 2008, Babauta's first print book, The Power of Less, was published by Hyperion Books. It reached the Amazon best-seller list on its first day[11] and remains one of the top business motivation books on Amazon.[12]

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