January 8, 2010

30 best posts on Zenhabits of 2009

You all know how mad I am for Zenhabits, and here are the 30 best posts for 2009, from the site. ties in quite nicely with me being 30 and all….

The 30 Best Posts of 2009
And so, without further ado, here are the best Zen Habits posts of 2009:

  1. Breathe. Breathing can transform your life. One of my favorite all-time posts.
  2. The Habit Change Cheatsheet: 29 Ways to Successfully Ingrain a Behavior. The best Zen Habits habit change tips all together in one cheatsheet, for those new to the blog and for those who could use the reminders.
  3. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language). My most controversial post ever — it kicked off a firestorm of comments and posts and debate. Fun stuff.
  4. Do Interesting Things. Another of my favorite posts.
  5. The Get-Started-Now Guide to Becoming Self-Employed. While being your own boss can be scary and a little risky, it’s not as difficult as people think. You do have to be someone who loves his freedom, likes to be able to set his own schedule, likes to work on things he’s excited about.
  6. The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity. While there are millions of creativity tips on the Internet, in this post I share the ones I’ve found most useful — the ones that I’ve tried and tested and found to be right.
  7. Love Life, Not Stuff. The how and the why.
  8. The Simple Fitness Rules. Fortunately, fitness doesn’t have to be that complex.
  9. The Lazy Manifesto: Do Less. Then, Do Even Less. “Simple Productivity” has been the motto of Zen Habits from its early days … and in this post I set out the reasons “Do Less” is one of my Four Commandments, and why it’s the ultimate extension of Simple Productivity.
  10. The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion. Title says it all.
  11. The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion. Title says it all.
  12. Your Life, Simplified. A 6-step method you can do today to simplify your life, without being overwhelmed.
  13. A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back. Having the fear is natural. Letting it stop you from going after your dreams is a tragedy.
  14. Ultra-Simple 3-Step Productivity System for Getting Amazing Things Done. I guarantee you — if you follow these three steps, you’ll be productive, and you’ll accomplish great things.
  15. Minimalist Gmail: How to Get Rid of the Non-Essentials. Here’s how I’ve made Gmail into a minimalist inbox.
  16. The Single Secret to Making 2009 Your Best Year Ever. Still applies to 2010.
  17. A Simple Guide to Keeping Your Counters Clutter-free. Keeping counters (and other flat surfaces) clear, clean and clutter-free doesn’t have to be difficult.
  18. The 10 Essential Rules for Slowing Down and Enjoying Life More. Slowing down is a conscious choice, and not always an easy one, but it leads to a greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness. Here’s how to do it.
  19. How to Create a Minimalist Computer Experience. I love a clean desktop, a friction-free interface, and simple tools that help me focus on what I really need to get done: to create, without distractions.
  20. The Little Rules of Action. And while I’m no proponent of a whirling buzz of activity, I also believe people get lost in the distractions of the world and lose sight of what’s important, and how to actually accomplish their Something Amazing.
  21. 8 Ways Doing Less Can Transform Your Work & Life. Doing less is not about being lazy (though being lazy is a good start) — it’s about focusing on quality rather than quantity. It’s about getting off the hamster wheel of productivity, so that you can create something great rather than just being busy.
  22. The Mindfulness Guide for the Super Busy: How to Live Life to the Fullest. It seems contradictory to those who are used to sacrificing living for pursuing their goals … but cultivating mindfulness will help you achieve your goals and enjoy life more.
  23. The Minimalist Principle: Omit Needless Things. What’s important is not that you have as little as humanly possible, but that every thing you do have counts.
  24. Get Less Done: Stop Being Productive and Enjoy Yourself. People are working longer hours, constantly checking their inboxes, constantly focused on Getting More Done. But to what end?
  25. 10 Essential Money Skills for a Bad Economy. The best way to avoid fallout from the national economy is to take control of your personal economy.
  26. Dead Simple Guide to Beating Procrastination. For those of you who want to beat procrastination, here are 10 simple steps.
  27. How to Live a Better Life with Less. The beautiful thing is that you don’t need to earn more money or buy a bigger house or car or have a bigger company in order to have this better life — you need less of all of that. It’s attainable simply by cutting back.
  28. The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something. There’s only one way to become good at something.
  29. 55 Ways to Get More Energy. You won’t be able to do everything on this list all the time — you’d tire yourself out trying to get more energy — but do try them all to see which ones work for you and your schedule. From guest writer Gregory Go of Wisebread.
  30. 20 Key Questions on Motivation and Habits, Answered. It’s that time of year — the end part — when people start thinking about their lives, their goals, their habits, and how to change everything for the better.

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