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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Thus Used edition (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441421890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441421890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

My name is Leo Babauta, I'm married with six kids, I live on Guam, I'm a writer and a runner and a vegetarian and I love writing.

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2010
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I'm growing a little tired of "Zen" being used as a marketing buzzword especially in books such as this which have nothing whatsoever to do with Zen much less the habits of its practitioners. And though I'm quite fond of Leo's message, I'm also growing weary of him re-packaging what is essentially the same information in book after book. Thus the four stars. But his core message, which you can find in any of his books, or even his web site, is definitely a five-star message.

What separates Leo from many of the others in the simplicity movement is the very practical nature of the information he provides. His is not just another paen to the complexity of modern society together with a tired refrain for the need to simplify, but an instruction manual, a recipe for simplicity. Though much of it is intuitive and the core message can be reduced to a couple of sentences, he does have the value-add of what I believe to be a coach who not only inspires, but also practices what he preaches.

If you believe simplicity to be the antidote to your modern funk, and you are ready to act, not just whine, then I recommend this book (or any of his others -- they are all pretty much the same book) as a recipe for your battle with the soul-sucking energy draining monster that is clutter (virtual, emotional, and physical). Additionally I would recommend "Less" by Marc Lesser as a spiritual guide for your journey.

Ironically, Lesser is a practicing Zen priest and his book fits the title of "Zen Habits" much better than this book does. In a world of fair labeling this book would be called "Less" and Lesser's book would be called "Zen Habits". My advice would be to swap the dust-jackets so you actually know what you're getting into when you pull these books off your shelves.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dale A. Burket on April 27, 2010
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This little book is a collection of posts from the author's blog/website, Zen Habits. It is full of small bits of advice regarding getting things done, to do lists, interactions with others, and a whole range of other stuff. While the advice is not revolutionary or wildly original, it is nonetheless presented in a way that is both fresh and thought-provoking. I liked the rhythm of the text - it felt like a conversation with a thoughtful friend.

You could get all these posts by reviewing the blog's archive, but like a college professor said to me last week, there's something to be said for having information in a book that you can hold in your hand, keep on a desk for random reading, and give to others. I liked this book, and plan on picking it up often.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Lynch on February 22, 2012
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Zen habits is the how-to-guide to live a minimalist life, keep life simple to have time for what matters the most. Practical, pearls of wisdom to apply in your daily life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prospero on November 5, 2010
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For anyone who hasn't yet 'found' Leo Babauta, I suggest you quickly do so. An invaluable book for re-assessing any bad habits we have and locking into what Leo advises to change them. Simple and effective ways are suggested to declutter our business life,our home life, cease spontaneous buying, clearing one's email inbox in three easy steps and.......... well, if you want to know more and greet life more joyfully, buy his book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMaster814 on July 13, 2011
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This is a good book, the only issue i have with it is that it has the same information as in the blog of Leo Babauto. Going to zenhabits.com, you will find everything thats in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lin on September 7, 2013
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Excellent blogger and author. I really like reading his work. Making changes to my life. Strongly suggest reading his material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By idram7 on July 6, 2013
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It was very easy to read. It had lots of very helpful tips and ideas to better yourself in lots of areas of your life. A very good book to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa SS on May 24, 2011
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I've been reading Zen Habits blog by Leo Babauta for awhile. I love this book because it's so practical and straightforward.
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