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|Created by||Leo Babauta|
|Slogan(s)||smile, breathe & go slowly|
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. Alexa ranks it as 3,823rd popular website in the US, and as 8,012th globally.
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.
About Leo Babauta
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. In February 2009, Time Magazine named Zen Habits one of the Top 25 Blogs for 2009, and in June 2010, it named Zen Habits at the top of its list for the Top 25 Blogs for 2010.
Other blogs by Babauta
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, 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. 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. 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 and remains one of the top business motivation books on Amazon.
In December 2014, Babauta self-published a book that was funded on Kickstarter, 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".
- About Zen Habits
- Alexa Rankings accessed on 17 May 2014
- Babauta, Leo (6 September 2011). "Toss Productivity Out". Zen Habits. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- Beginner’s Guide to GTD
- Time.com Top 25 Blogs for 2009 - Zen Habits
- Time.com Top 25 Blogs for 2010 - Zen Habits
- The 100 Things Challenge
- Zen To Done: The Simple Productivity E-Book!
- Open Source Blogging: Feel Free to Steal My Content
- The Power of Less Has Launched
- Amazon page for The Power of Less
- Zen Habits book on Kickstarter
- Essential Zen Habits