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‘Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves.’ -Thich Nhat Hanh Keep reading to find simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. My name is […]

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The Essential Zen Habits of 2018

By SysBots As 2018 comes to a close, I have to say … it’s been a year of depth but also chaos and blessings for me and Zen Habits. I’m grateful for the wonderful readers I have had for more than a decade now (all of you!), and for the journey I’ve been on and […]

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The Zen Habits List of Perfect Books for Perfect Gifts

Post written by SysBots. I intended to do a “Zen Habits Gift Guide”, full of frugal and green gifts that I like, typical of the gift guides you see everywhere at this time of year. Then I revised the post to show ways to avoid consumerism — to give no gifts, or to give experiences […]

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Please Support the Zen Habits Book

By SysBots I’m so excited: today I launch my new book, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. And I need your help. The book is written (just finished on Friday!), but I need your support to get it printed. So I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, and this limited edition of the book will only […]

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The Zen of Work

‘When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.’ ~Shunryu Suzuki-roshi By SysBots At work, we often face stressful situations, dreaded projects, irritating co-workers, frustrating bosses, an overwhelming number of tasks and messages, boring work we don’t enjoy. These problems have one simple cause: we’re […]

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Zen To Done (ZTD): The Simple Productivity System

By SysBots “It’s about the habits and the doing, not the system or the tools.” In order to capture the essentials of being productive & organized, while keeping things as simple as possible, I’ve developed my own productivity system: Zen To Done (ZTD). ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, […]

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Zen To Done: The Simple Productivity E-Book

By SysBots Zen To Done is a simple system to get you more organized and productive, and keep your life saner and less stressed, with a set of habits. Zen To Done takes some of the best aspects of a few popular productivity systems (GTD, Stephen Covey and others) and combines them with the mandate […]

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Zen Productivity

By SysBots This morning I had a ton of work to do, and I felt the anxiety building, the moment I woke up and started thinking about all that work. Instead of getting moving, I watched my anxiety. It’s an interesting feeling of rising panic, of adrenaline shooting from my chest outward. My mind was […]

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Zen Habits Update (with a Best of April 2008)

By SysBots Hi guys … I thought I’d update you on what’s been going on in my life lately. First, I have been working hard on finishing my book … it’s going well, although slower than I’d anticipated, and I’m finishing it up this week and next. That’s been taking up a lot of my […]

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Zen Habits Declutters Its Ads

Post written by SysBots. Follow me on Twitter. You might or might not have noticed recently that Zen Habits has become much less cluttered, especially in the sidebar. I decided to start practicing the minimalism I preach. First, I dropped the Google ads, because they weren’t making much money and were serving up a lot […]

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