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The Power Of Less by Leo Babauta
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Jun 03, 2012

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Zen Habits, Leo Babauta's blog, is one I started following a year or so ago; I recall that the most recent entry at the time dealt particularly with the practice of Zen, which has intrigued me since I started high school. Subsequent entries and now his e-book has reinforced to me that the bulk of his writing deals with the second word, Habits, rather than Zen. Which is fine - Leo gives a very friendly and unintimidating introduction hereon how to change one's habits, and by extension, change one's life. Occasionally, the advice becomes repetitive (though that would be useful in setting up a habit!) or, as I noted in an earlier update, overly simplistic. His logical-sounding recommendation to only set one goal at a time is a bit frustrating to someone like myself, who has one multi-year goal she is actively engaged in (completing my undergraduate degree at Columbia University after having dropped out from another school) as well as smaller goals I'd like to start along the way but am not sure I have the time for. Then again, given how busy my schedule is with school and full time employment, his approach might be for my own good! Regardless, the book is a good primer on basic habit-forming principles. The motivation chapter is particularly useful. I do wish there were a more Zen-grounded equivalent out there as well!

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66.0% "Occasionally, there will be gems such as "Eliminate stress. Find the stressors in your life, and find ways to eliminate them" without further context. GOSH I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT."
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