I have a new favorite author, Leo Babauta. I am currently reading his amazing book, The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential, in Business and in Life.”

Here are his thoughts on how to slow life down, from his website, ZenHabits.

  1. Do less. Cut back on your projects, on your task list, on how much you try to do each day. Focus not on quantity but quality. Pick 2-3 important things — or even just one important thing — and work on those first. Save smaller, routine tasks for later in the day, but give yourself time to focus.
  2. Have fewer meetings. Meetings are usually a big waste of time. And they eat into your day, forcing you to squeeze the things you really need to do into small windows, and making you rush. Try to have blocks of time with no interruptions, so you don’t have to rush from one meeting to another.
  3. Practice disconnecting. Have times when you turn off your devices and your email notifications and whatnot. Time with no phone calls, when you’re just creating, or when you’re just spending time with someone, or just reading a book, or just taking a walk, or just eating mindfully. You can even disconnect for (gasp!) an entire day, and you won’t be hurt. I promise.
  4. Give yourself time to get ready and get there. If you’re constantly rushing to appointments or other places you have to be, it’s because you don’t allot enough time in your schedule for preparing and for traveling. Pad your schedule to allow time for this stuff. If you think it only takes you 10 minutes to get ready for work or a date, perhaps give yourself 30-45 minutes so you don’t have to shave in a rush or put on makeup in the car. If you think you can get there in 10 minutes, perhaps give yourself 2-3 times that amount so you can go at a leisurely pace and maybe even get there early.
  5. Practice being comfortable with sitting, doing nothing. One thing I’ve noticed is that when people have to wait, they become impatient or uncomfortable. They want their mobile device or at least a magazine, because standing and waiting is either a waste of time or something they’re not used to doing without feeling self-conscious. Instead, try just sitting there, looking around, soaking in your surroundings. Try standing in line and just watching and listening to people around you. It takes practice, but after awhile, you’ll do it with a smile.
  6. Realize that if it doesn’t get done, that’s OK. There’s always tomorrow. And yes, I know that’s a frustrating attitude for some of you who don’t like laziness or procrastination or living without firm deadlines, but it’s also reality. The world likely won’t end if you don’t get that task done today. Your boss might get mad, but the company won’t collapse and the life will inevitably go on. And the things that need to get done will.
  7. Start to eliminate the unnecessary. When you do the important things with focus, without rush, there will be things that get pushed back, that don’t get done. And you need to ask yourself: how necessary are these things? What would happen if I stopped doing them? How can I eliminate them, delegate them, automate them?
  8. Practice mindfulness. Simply learn to live in the present, rather than thinking so much about the future or the past. When you eat, fully appreciate your food. When you’re with someone, be with them fully. When you’re walking, appreciate your surroundings, no matter where you are.
  9. Slowly eliminate commitments. We’re overcommitted, which is why we’re rushing around so much. I don’t just mean with work — projects and meetings and the like. Parents have tons of things to do with and for their kids, and we overcommit our kids as well. Many of us have busy social lives, or civic commitments, or are coaching or playing on sports teams. We have classes and groups and hobbies. But in trying to cram so much into our lives, we’re actually deteriorating the quality of those lives. Slowly eliminate commitments — pick 4-5 essential ones, and realize that the rest, while nice or important, just don’t fit right now. Politely inform people, over time, that you don’t have time to stick to those commitments.

We control our destiny (for the most part), so be sure to make good decisions today. And do less.

Thanks for reading.


In this video blog, Ed Tseng talks about how to practice perfect, and shares tips for athletes who are trying out for their school teams in a few weeks.


Ed Tseng and high school tennis player, Kevin Roveda demonstrate a laughing meditation. At first they were faking their laughter, but then they started actually laughing. Even the camera woman was crying from laughter.

If you want to feel a certain way, start faking it and you will soon start feeling it.

Video blog:


Ed Tseng has one of his college tennis players, Paul Roveda perform mental cross-training by singing Happy Birthday at the top of his voice in a public place.


Ed Tseng talks about Derek Jeter being named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, from Joe Guido’s barber chair.


“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength:
one is pushing down,
the other is pulling up.”

I’ve seen a countless number of athletes in my life, and I’ve observed many of them putting others down to make themselves look good.

This usually results from insecurity, or large ego.

The great athletes don’t push others down, they pull them up.

These are the leaders.

They compliment and encourage. They help others play better.

If you are a builder-upper instead of a breaker-downer, you will help your team (and world) become better.


Ed Tseng interviews a baseball treasure, Roland Hemond at the Princeton Sports Symposium.


Yesterday I was knocked out for most of the day with a headache, stomach-ache and fever, but I had this interview scheduled and did it anyway. I didn’t act how I felt. Can you tell? Enjoy this video blog with Kari Adams, relationship expert and founder of the Princeton Elite Club.


Ed Tseng interviews one of his she-roes, Jennie Murphy, a student-athlete who is legally blind.