The Zen Habits Handbook for Life is a compilation of Leo Babauta's best articles on living from a Zen Habits perspective. What will this book teach you to do? Basically the same things that Zen Habits aims for overall: how to simplify your life, how to live a happier life, how to be more productive with less stress, how to achieve your dreams. The book includes chapters on decluttering, single-tasking, eliminating nonessentials, planning your day, clearing your inbox, getting motivated, cultivating compassion, boosting self-confidence, living consciously, and much more! Think of it as a little handbook for a better life.
©2012 Leo Babauta (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Zen Habits had a load of tips and motivation to help improve one's mindset. From cleaning to increasing the Warm Fuzzy quotient of the world, there is enough here to pull you out of your doldrums. Though there seems to be alot of information that is continously repeated, in slightly different contexts, The framing of a published and repackaged series of blog posts adjusts our orientation so this all makes sence.
The narration, though calm and soothing, orften seemed stilted. The narrator was far from conversational, often sounding like he was sight reading the matterial for the first time. Though the writing style of the author, often uses excessive 'and''s and 'or''s, the stilted nature of its delivery, made me wonder if the narrator was a cylon.
This is kind of a "best of" compilation, supposedly. While it is hard to beat Fred Stella's most excellent voice, it is kind of repetitive and doesn't really go anywhere.
I'm not sure who the target audience is for Babauta, but my guess this is for executive types wearing suits and ties. Many of the suggestions in the book, I already do, so it wasn't a huge help. There were a couple of things to make you think, but after hearing how to organize an email inbox for the 3rd or 4th time, I gave up on the book.
My attraction to the book was the name (and the fair price). As other's have pointed out, Babauta's works have little to do with Zen. It is more of how to simplify, organize and manage time better.
I'm going to throw out a better book, which like Babauta and Zen, has really nothing to do with Buddhism: Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. It is also read by Fred Stella, and offers a lot more practical insights than how to organize an email inbox.
I guess I was expecting something more spiritual rather than being effective and efficient in an office type environment... Yes, I did hear the author works from home... I was looking for something more cosmic, and got Tom Peters...
Every day I'm listenin every day I'm listenin
It is easy to listen to this while you are busy doing something that doesn't a lot of effort. This book is an easy listen and is very informative!
What I really liked about this book, is that it is an actual step by step guide to life. The author states that not everything works for everyone, but he clearly describes what he does in his own like to stay sane. It is very very helpful, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My favorite part was how to keep organized at work. He explains exactly what you need to do with all of that paperwork piling up on your desk and how to keep your email from sucking the life out of you.
The part of the book where he describes how waking up early can help you immensely was very surprising to me. I didn't think there was a way for me to actually consider waking up hours before I really need to be up. Not only did this guy get me to consider it, I now do it every day and feel so much more accomplished and just generally happier overall.
This book was very helpful to me, it helped me much much more than I ever thought it would, or could! I love how it describes how to do each step explicitly!
This was well written well read and uplifting. If you want to clean up your life this is your book!
Yes very well
Empty my inbox!
Yes, and I have.
We really need to take these Zen habits and make them part of every day life.
WE all stress and go about life so serious and well we need to slow down.
Listen and listen again. I now listened to this book 4 times each time I get something new.
Yes, it "moves" you into action and makes you rethink everything you have and why you have it.
I listened to this book a couple of weeks ago and started getting rid of my excess. It's so much easier than I expected!! Loved this book!!
No Zen, section about de-cluttering was OK, rest was a waste of time.
More the content I didn't like.
The author was saying "if you want a more peaceful life get rid of your stuff." For me that is a cop out. I need to peacefully manage my stuff--not get rid of it.
I love this book I've listened to it a lot but really think if you listen to just one habit and get it to a really good standard then this book becomes really priceless and you start seeing the world in a completely different way. I think everyone could learn something from this book! I've listened to all sorts on and around the subject and still learnt a lot!
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