Self Improvement

Simplify Your Life And Clear Your Mind With Zen Habits

I’ve been following the Zen Habits blog for a while now, and recently decided to buy Leo Babauta’s ebook, Zen Habits: Handbook for Life. The thing that made me buy it instead of just perusing the blog is the Uncopywrite page on his site.

Why I’m releasing copyright
I’m not a big fan of copyright laws anyway, especially as they’re being applied these days by corporations, used to crack down on the little guys so they can continue their large profits.

Copyrights are often touted as protecting the artist, but in most cases the artist gets very little while the corporations make most of the money. I’m trying this experiment to see whether releasing copyright really hurts the creator of the content.

I think, in most cases, the protectionism that is touted by “anti-piracy” campaigns and lawsuits and lobbying actually hurts the artist. Limiting distribution to protect profits isn’t a good thing.

I think it’s a great idea…

Zen Habits is full of practical tips for simplifying your life, being more productive (at what you want to do), and increasing the quality of your life through living consciously and being present. It’s very readable, and as an ebook, very flexible and earth-friendly.

I work full time outside the house at a job that always has me juggling multiple priorities. I read Getting Things Done last year, trying to cope with the organizational side of work. The concepts in that book have helped me to stay on track and to be more effective everyday. I never realized how much time and energy is wasted just dealing with the large amounts of information we try to carry around in our heads. Implementing just a few of the suggestions made a world of difference for me.

Zen Habits is packed full of help for your life. It’s positive, practical and well written. Check out the blog or get the ebook. You won’t regret it. Your kids will thank you, your wife will thank you, and you’ll earn a million bucks.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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