A Conversation With The Grandmaster of Simplicity

“Simple living made a lot of things possible for me” – Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits doesn’t need an introduction. He is a living legend.


He started his blog, Zen Habits, while taking care of a family of eight!

And despite of all the difficulties you can imagine, his blog happens to be one of the Top 25 blogs and Top 50 websites in the world.

Leo was so kind and generous to accept my invitation to be my guest for the 11th episode of The Midway Simplicity Show.

In this show, I invite simple living advocates to share with you a few tips to simplify the 5 most important aspects of your life, which are: Time, Health, Things, Finances and Relationships.

NOTE: If you want to have an overview of the guiding principles of the Midway Simplicity blog, you can read this pillar post: If Simple Living Is a Game, These Are The Rules (aka The Midway Simplicity Manifesto)

In this EPIC episode, you’re going to learn:

  1. How simplicity helped Leo start up his Zen Habits empire while taking care of a family of eight.
  2. Leo’s ‘setting limits’ strategy to simplify your time.
  3. How to have an effective to-do list.
  4. How to apply Leo’s simple philosophy for living healthy.
  5. How can you gradually adjust your taste buds to enjoy healthy food?
  6. How can you apply the 100 Thing Challenge?
  7. How to be debt free by enjoying life’s simplest pleasures.
  8. How to make someone feel that sh/e is important to you.
  9. How to be compassionate to yourself and others.

Enjoy watching this EPIC episode with the Grandmaster Leo Babauta (23 minutes)

I hope you enjoyed the show.

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Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

Thank you very much Leo for the useful tips that you shared with us in the 11th episode of The Midway Simplicity Show. Looking forward to having you again.

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17 Responses to A Conversation With The Grandmaster of Simplicity

  1. gb July 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. FYI: The website link to Zenhabits should be zenhabits.net and not zenhabits.com.

    • Mohamed Tohami July 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Oh! Thanks gb for pointing that out. I always forget about the correct link. I think Leo needs to get the .com domain by any means :)

  2. suzanna July 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    He couldn’t recall at the moment, but his quote “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” at around 06:19 is by Michael Pollan, awesome phrase.

    • Mohamed Tohami July 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Super! Thanks Suzanna for helping us with this. It is an awesome philosophy to live by.

  3. Kimberley July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    I have followed Leo’s blog, Zen Habits, since the beginning. It was so delightful to watch your interview with him.

    I too, loved the quote that Suzanna stated was made by Michael Pollan.

    It is all about the knowledge that we gain through our journey(s), and sharing that information with others.

    • Mohamed Tohami July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      How was it at the very beginning? What was very special about it that made it grow that fast and become so successful? I read many stories about it, but I would like to hear it from your perspective.

      • Kimberley July 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

        What inspired me to keep re-visiting Zen Habits was Leo’s writing style. It was as if we were reading pages that he was writing for his own personal journal. Very simple and thought provoking. The reader was/is on the journey with him.

        • Mohamed Tohami July 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

          That’s very true. It is as if he is taking us on a ride through his journey in life.

  4. Gerry July 24, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I’ve become acutely aware of food and the fact that it really does affect mood, energy, the outer physical body. It’s almost as if the calories and fat are activators that facilitate us storing stress, psychological time and the lethargic habits that precede the build up of useless things in our lives.

    Maybe a little off topic, but it is all part of the grand macrocosm.

    • Mohamed Tohami July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      What an interesting point you make here Gerry. I like the analogy you mentioned about fats and calories storing stress.

  5. Amit July 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Thank you very much for conducting this Interview ! I am a zenhabits fan..

  6. Miriam Ortiz y Pino July 25, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    The reason Leo is the grandmaster is that he actually made the connection that a smaller piece of paper is the simple way to decide which important items to work on. Brilliant!

    Great interview guys, I’m really enjoying the whole series.

    • Mohamed Tohami July 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks Miriam. Your interview was great too.

      One of the most magical things in life is that: “the simplest things are always of the greatest value.”

  7. lukman basari October 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    hi…good share man, i like your post

  8. Online Gym Classes October 19, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    A very informative video! I loved when he said his life got better when he made an effort to spend more time with his family and eat well and exercise! When you take care of yourself, you can take care of others more efficiently.

  9. Bernadine May 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that produce the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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