Zen Habits

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Zen Habits
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Type of site
Available in English
Owner Public Domain
Created by Leo Babauta
Website http://zenhabits.net
Alexa rank Decrease 32,438 (Global 06/2017)
Launched February 2007
Current status Active

Zen Habits is a blog written by Leo Babauta about implementing zen habits in daily life. It offers suggestions for how to live, and also includes frequent references to how Leo Babauta has implemented these habits. He covers topics such as simplifying, living frugally, parenting, happiness, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, eating healthily and successfully implementing good habits. It receives high traffic with 240,000 subscribers.[1]

Blog history[edit]

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.[2]

About Leo Babauta[edit]

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 Davis, CA. 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]

Other blogs by Babauta[edit]

Babauta also has a blog focused on simplicity called mnmlist.com. He brought attention to The 100 Things Challenge,[6] 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.


On November 6, 2007, an e-book called Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System was made available to purchase.[7] 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.[8] Babauta also published The Little Book of Contentment in 2013.


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[9] and remains one of the top business motivation books on Amazon.[10]

In December 2014, Babauta self-published a book that was funded on Kickstarter,[11] entitled Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. In December 2015, he revised and re-published a concise version of the book as "Essential Zen Habits".[12]


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