Goals & Motivation

The Building Self-Discipline Challenge

By Leo Babauta I’m issuing a challenge, to anyone who’d like to work out their self-discipline muscle, who’d like some mental training: Pick one self-discipline task to do for five minutes, every day this month. Commit to doing it publicly, or at least to a few friends or loved ones. Report to them weekly. If […]

A Guide to Developing the Self-Discipline Habit

By Leo Babauta One of the most important life skills to develop, for those just starting out in life (and everyone else!), is the skill of self-discipline. It’s like a superpower: when I developed some self-discipline, I started exercising and eating healthier and meditating and writing more, I quit smoking and ran marathons, I started […]

The Perfect System

By Leo Babauta Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System: The perfect morning routine The perfect system for dealing with email The perfect system for productivity, to end procrastination The perfect system for finances or building wealth The perfect system for learning anything The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing […]

The Main Reason Changing Your Life is Tough

By Leo Babauta Many of us have things we’d like to change: our exercise and diet habits, procrastination and productivity habits, patience and mindfulness habits, quitting bad habits, decluttering and finances, reading and learning and doing all the things we want to do in life. But very often we fall short of our hopes. What’s […]

How to Cultivate a Year of Mindfulness

By Leo Babauta In 2016, I practiced mindfulness more than I ever have before, after 10 years of sporadic practice. I meditated regularly, practiced with a local Zen group, did a great one-day sitting, went on a retreat, took courses, read books, practiced mindful eating and exercise, learned some great new practices, and taught several […]