He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he's learned while changing a number of habits, including:
Quit smoking (on Nov. 18, 2005).
Became a runner.
Ran several marathons and a 50-mile ultramarathon.
Began waking early.
Became organized and productive.
Began eating healthier
Became a vegan.
Eliminated his debt.
Simplified his life.
Lost weight (about 70 pounds).
Wrote several best-selling books and ebooks.
Started a successful blog on simplicity.
Created a leading blog on minimalism.
My Top 5
Breathing can transform your life. If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions. One of the best lessons I’ve learned is to breathe more.
Life can be ridiculously complicated, if you let it. I suggest we simplify. Here are a few simple rules for life.
In this modern world, activity and movement are the default modes, if not with our bodies then at least with our minds. This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.
The idea of having concrete, achievable goals seem to be deeply ingrained in our culture. I know I lived with goals for many years. These days, however, I live without goals, for the most part. It’s absolutely liberating.
Our minds become a constant deluge of thoughts dwelling in the past, worries of the future, distractions pulling us in every direction. But all of that melts away when we focus on just doing.