Review: Zen Habits Handbook for Life

A few months after releasing his first e-book, Leo Babauta from Zen Habits released his second e-book entitled Zen Habits Handbook for Life: Hundreds of Tips for Simplicity, Happiness, Productivity. I received a review copy in my inbox in the morning and read it on the evening after I came back from work.

This 76-page e-book is a compilation of the best posts on Zen Habits. Instead of locating them one by one, these best posts are now packaged in a convenient PDF format with proper classification that makes it easier for you to connect one article to another.

The e-book consists of three parts: Simplicity, Productivity, and Happiness, with several articles in each part. Here is the table of contents:

Section 1: Simplicity

  • Decluttering
  • Single-tasking
  • Edit Your Commitments
  • Eliminate All But the Essentials
  • Don’t Do Everything on Your To-do List
  • The Art of Doing Nothing
  • Declutter Your Mind
  • 72 Simplicity Tips
  • Eat Slower

Section 2: Productivity

  • Purpose Your Day: Most Important Tasks
  • Focus on the Big Rocks
  • Clear Out Your Inbox
  • Clear Your Desk
  • Become an Early Riser
  • Become Motivated When You’re in a Slump
  • Make the Most of Your Laziest Days
  • Decompress After High Stress

Section 3: Happiness

  • Cultivate Compassion in Your Life
  • Escape Materialism
  • Practical Tips for Living the Golden Rule
  • Accept Criticism With Grace and Appreciation
  • Have Faith in Humanity, and Restore Kindness
  • Boost Your Self-Confidence
  • Live Your Life Consciously

As you can see, the e-book covers various topics related to living life to the fullest. Reading it is a pleasure and gives me a lot of ideas to improve my life. For instance, I love the idea of acting as a newspaper editor: try to leave only the minimum and delete everything else to simplify our life. There are still many other ideas I get.

The e-book is priced at only $ 6.95 which is even cheaper than the first e-book (Zen To Done: The Ultimate Productivity System which is priced at $9.50). Considering the value you’ll get, it’s well worth it. You can buy the e-book here.


  1. Already? I’m guessing you consumed it super fast with pleasure.

    Good review. 🙂

  2. You guessed right 🙂 I’m sure you will also enjoy the book.

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