Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta

  • DOB:

    April 30, 1973

  • Age:


  • Country:

    United States

  • Resides:

    Davis, CA

  • Hometown:


  • Known For:

    Zen Habits

  • Spouse/Partner:

    Eva Babauta



Leo Babauta is an American author, blogger, and speaker who’s best known for his work on personal development, minimalism, and productivity. He’s written several books focusing on practical strategies for living a more mindful, productive, and fulfilling life. He’s also the creator of the popular blog Zen Habits and the podcast with the same title. His life and work have inspired millions of people around the world to focus on simple pleasures and healthy habit formation.[1]


  • Author of the blog Zen Habits, which has over 200,000 subscribers and has been named one of the “Top 25 Blogs” by TIME.
  • Author of multiple books including, Zen to Done, Essential Zen Habits, and The Power of Less.

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About Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta was born on April 18, 1973, in Guam.[1] He attended school in Guam before moving to California. As an adult, Babauta realized he had a passion for writing, so he quit his job and started his first blog, Zen Habits, in 2007.[2] The blog initially focused on his journey to simplify his life and eliminate stress. However, it soon became a popular platform for personal development and productivity, including topics related to healthy eating, exercise, quitting smoking, and losing weight.[1]

Today, Babauta lives in California with his wife and six children.[3]He’s a vegan, endurance runner, and entrepreneur who’s focused on continuous improvement.[4] He has a large following across platforms including Twitter (where he has 175,000 followers) and his blog, Zen Habits.[5]Zen Habits has over 200,000 subscribers and has been named one of the “Top 25 Blogs” by TIME.[1]

Writing Career, Books, and Blog

Babauta’s writing style is simple and direct, with a focus on topics including stress management, minimalism, creativity, and habit formation.[4] 

In addition to writing the Zen Habits blog, Babauta has authored several books that focus on personal development, productivity, and simplicity. Here are some of his most popular titles:[6]

  • The Power of Less: In this book, Babauta shows readers how to simplify their lives and get more done by focusing on essential tasks and eliminating distractions.
  • Zen to Done: This book is a step-by-step guide to help readers develop and maintain habits that will increase their productivity and reduce stress.
  • Focus: In this book, Babauta provides practical tips and strategies for improving focus and concentration, which can help readers achieve their goals more effectively.
  • Essential Zen Habits: This book is a compilation of some of Babauta’s best articles from his popular blog, Zen Habits. It covers a range of topics, from mindfulness to habit formation to minimalism.

Zen Habits, as well as Babauta’s books and courses, focus on principles and ideas including:[7]

Additionally, Babauta is the creator of several mastermind programs and online courses aimed at helping people simplify their lives and develop better habits.[11] Some of his courses include:

  • “The Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness”: This six-week course helps people develop a daily mindfulness practice. The course covers topics such as breathing techniques, mindful eating, and how to stay present in the moment.
  • “The Sea Change Program”: This 12-month program shows people how to make significant changes in their lives, such as by simplifying, exercising, and communicating more effectively in relationships.
  • “The Zen Habits Mindfulness Master Class”: This four-week course teaches advanced mindfulness techniques, such as how to deal with difficult emotions and how to stay focused in a distracting environment.
  • “The Habit Course”: This is aimed as helping people create and stick to new habits, such as by identifying triggers, setting goals, and creating a support system.

Zen Habits Podcast and Speaking Engagements

Babauta hosts a podcast called Zen Habits, where he interviews experts in the field of personal development.[12] In addition, he’s a popular speaker on other podcasts and a creator of mastermind courses where he educates people about tools for well-being and productivity.[13] 

Zen Habits features interviews with experts in the field of personal development, health, and mental well-being. In each episode, Babauta and his guest discuss topics such as sustainability, fitness, running, and work-life balance. Some popular episodes include:

  • The Art of Letting Go”: In this episode, Babauta speaks about the benefits of letting go of material possessions and simplifying your life.
  • “Creating Habits That Stick”: Babauta talks to James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, about how to create habits that are sustainable and long-lasting.
  • “The Mindful Athlete”: In this episode, Babauta talks to George Mumford, a mindfulness coach who has worked with several professional athletes, about how mindfulness can improve athletic performance.


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