10 Reasons Why We Don’t Stick to Things

By Leo Babauta We all do it in some form — tell ourselves we’re going to do something, and then we often end up not sticking to that plan. Maybe one or more of these will resonate with you: You say you’re going to stick…

The Key Mental Habit of Simplicity

By Leo Babauta I’ve written a lot about simplifying your life, from the philosophy behind it to the tactical steps to getting to simplicity. But the true key isn’t in the steps, it’s in our mental habits. For example, I could get rid of my…

Overcoming Our Biggest Obstacle to Creating Habits

By Leo Babauta Whether you want to start a new exercise habit, start meditating or writing daily, start to get out of debt or clear your clutter … creating a new habit isn’t always easy. The steps themselves might be deceptively simple: pick one habit,…

The Incredible Progress of Daily Practice

By Leo Babauta Lately in my life, I’ve been repeatedly reminded of the power of practicing something regularly. Daily is best, I’ve learned, but several times a week works well too. You’d be surprised how much progress you can make with even a small amount…

The First Hour: Creating Powerful Mornings

By Leo Babauta As your day starts, it’s easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and your favorite blogs. It’s easy to fritter your day away doing a thousand small harmless actions … but the essential…

The Ideal vs. the Reality of Changing Your Life

“Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality.” ~Ram Dass By Leo Babauta If only life went exactly as we imagine it would go … things would be so much easier! Unfortunately, in my dozens and dozens of habit changes, I’ve never once had…