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Zen Habits - Handbook for Life

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The Zen Habits Handbook for Life is a compilation of Leo Babauta's best articles on living from a Zen Habits perspective. What will this book teach you to do? Basically the same things that Zen Habits aims for overall: how to simplify your life, how to live a happier life, how to be more productive with less stress, how to achieve your dreams. The book includes chapters on ...more
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Published (first published December 31st 2008)
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Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leo Babauta's blog, Zen Habits is great and there's a lot of useful stuff on there.

This book started out great but ended up just being trite. With a blog you can say 'I'm interested in this but I'll skip that. That's not for me'. The parts of this book that are about minimalism and getting things done were very interesting to me but so much of it was repetitive lists and 'inspirational' quotes that had my eyes on a near continuous roll. It starts humble and ends sanctimonious.

I would recommend
Devin Partlow
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had some good things in it but I expected more since it was published so recently. I really didn't read anything brand new, it was more of principles recycled from books prior to this one. I did really enjoy the conscious living section though.

I also think the book could have better organized. He repeats a lot of things, it would have been nice if we could figure out a unifying theme to tie alot of the concepts together.

If you're the type of person that loves step-by-step guides, this
Ghenadie Virtos
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
It's a pretty simple book, or rather a booklet. Very straightforward and rather simplistic. I skipped through it and didn't read it thoroughly because everything is as common-sensical as possible or you've surely heard it somewhere else or thought it yourself. It still might prove useful because it works as a reminder of those nice ideas we and projects or tips we had for ourself but somehow lost sight of them because of all the clutter of day to day life. I've personally took away just one tip ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Huge fan of Leo Babauta and his blog...and just wanted to post here to spread the word for him. His blog is one of my favorites. This book is FANTASTIC for anyone who is looking to be more productive or for someone trying to make a life change/break a habit (exercise more, etc.) Super can read it in a day.
Carl Phillips
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Leo is one of my favourite simplicity authors and the Power of Less was key to setting me off on my own journey to simpler living (and eventually setting up my own blog with simplicity at it's core).

This short collection of key posts and articles come together in a handy book that serves as a reminder of much of what is truly important in life.

A great read!
Iulia Cretu
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Do less. This is both a happiness and productivity tip. Doing less will make you happier, because your life won’t be so hectic and filled with stress. You will have time for things that give you pleasure, for the loved ones in your life, for life itself. It’s also a productivity tip: if you focus on the essential tasks, the big ones, the ones that will give you the most return for your time, and eliminate the rest, you will actually be more productive. You’ll get fewer tasks done, but you will ...more
Nicole Kline
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Full of practicle advice on how to get the most out of your life. Would be especially practical for the working individual or busy person who is feeling overwhelmed. The other made big changes in his life in just a couple years and shares some of his tips which vary from getting your to do list done, eating, exercise and personal time. This books is a collection of the top posts in his blog.
Stephen Heiner
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
A great "blook" (book that comes from a blog) from a man genuinely interested in sharing the message of a more thoughtful and intentional life. Leo is part of this group of people who have leveraged technology to make their lives freer, not more enslaved.

The book is entirely action oriented, full of listicles - but not the annoying buzzfeed type - the "GTD" (get things done - a phrase he uses often) type.

Around getting tasks done he has some great advice for the overwhelmed. Start with the big t
Sam Klemens
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Did not care for this book. I thought it was a over reaching in it's grasp. And also at points, too narrow in its focus. For example the author, throughout the book, covers lots of common knowledge ideas. Eat healthy, exercise and meditate. Heard it 100 times before, don't need to hear it again. Also I live it but that's not even really my gripe. It's trite and redundant.

Then in some places he goes too deep down the rabbit hole in my opinion. Because of your "xxx body reaction" you shouldn't ea
Alexandra Chauran
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this book from the library. It is filled with very straightforward tips. Nothing particularly mind-blowing here. You can tell it was written by a blogger, because the prose was well written, but it didn't hang together very well as a complete work. It wandered across topics without an underlying theme explained and without proper organization. That said, it was a quick and engaging read and startlingly well done for the self-published.
Mohammed alkindy
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
its good to read once in a while a book like this were it takes the inventory of simple thing we can take to improve our lives. the book makes it so obvious and easy to to change the way we go about our lives. worth reading to see for your self how much opportunities we loose by just going with the wave!!!
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
Meh. I really enjoy the Zen Habits blog, and I took some notes while I was reading, but I found the text a little too woo and esoteric (and at the same time, obvious) to be of help to me. I found myself wishing that the book were more like the Happiness Project, which had a lot of wisdom to it, but was also really accessible.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Focus", "Power of Less" and "Zen to Done" are probably the best titles under his belt and are well edited. In this one, shoddy writing, ideology and philosophy contrary to peer-reviewed evidences overruns his contribution to self-help slash productivity genre.

Sad, that this book marks the beginning of his venture into motivational-speaker persona.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I realize this is not necessarily a self-help forum. As someone who has gone through LOTS of self-help books from The Sidetracked Sisters on, this one is universal and would be good for me to listen to on a regular basis. While there is nothing new or groundbreaking, I liked the parts on simplifying life, how to reduce stress.

Christopher Bergeron
Simplicity is the key advice from Leo Babauta as always. This short read is a good introduction to Leo's philosophy and offers good advice. I enjoyed the read especially the chapter "The Art of Doing Nothing" can't wait to get this one cataloged and up on display I think it will be a good read for a few of my students.
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a print collection of the ideas in the authors blog. It's useful information, but all content I've seen. But that's because I follow similar blogs. For someone new to the ideas of GTD and simplicity, this could be a useful primer.
Andrea Judy
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book full of ideas, but I found that a lot of it does lack real physical applications and suggestions to implement. I think it presents an excellent way of looking at the world, but not exactly a help on getting started.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've read Leo's blog for a long time and this was mostly a retread of what's been published there. If you're new to these ideas this will be a great book but otherwise find something else.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a cumulination of the blog that Leo Babouta writes and is a great way to get all the reminders in one place. An easy, short read with good tidbits on each page.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I promise you'll come back to this book if your life ever gets confusing again
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read 2nd time on 2/22/11. This is the third reading.
Kristian Norling
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of good and sane advice on making the things in life simpler.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Offered modern world insight into essential living.
Stephen Antczak
This book is hit-and-miss, but it does contain some gems and useful info. It's an easy read, so worth giving it a try if you want to simplify and/or improve your life in some way.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kind of repetitive at times, but otherwise does a good job getting your mind into the right mode for self organization and reflection.
Karen Ashbrook
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting book with some good ideas.
Sonya Madden
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the blog you'll enjoy this book - its a nice selection of Leo's posts all combined together. A quick read but lots of inspiring suggestions for creating better habits.
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
amazing, practical, how-to, learn new habits
La Donna
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Good points, a bit repetitive.
Lori Grant
A must-read book on spirituality in self development for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
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Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger and author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 260,000 subscribers,, and the best-selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.

Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and in 2010 moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.

He started Zen Habits to
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