Unprocrastinate Interviews – Leo Babauta
I’m excited to share with you, my interview with Leo Babauta on his new book, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination. I’ve read the book and found it to be just what I needed.
I would say if you need a boost it’s like a kick in the pants but since joining the A-list Blogger Club and getting to know Leo better, I’d say Leo’s new book is more like a gentle breeze on a summer day.
Let’s get started!
1. Can you please introduce yourself for readers who don’t know you?
Leo: Sure! I’m Leo Babauta, author of ZenHabits.net and mnmlist.com, along with a few books on simplicity. My blog has more than 200K readers, and I lead a simple life with my wife Eva and six kids.
2. What can readers hope to gain from your new book Un-Procrastination? Tell us about it.
Leo: I share a simple method that has helped me to (mostly) overcome a problem that we all struggle with — procrastination. And I look at the main problems that keep people from overcoming this problem, and some strategies for beating those problems.
3. Who inspires you and why?
Leo: Oh my. I’m inspired by so much. People doing amazing things. People with exciting ideas. People challenging old ideas. People overcoming great challenges. People who come together to help each other. Beautiful writing and art and music. Nature, and simplicity. My wife, my mom, my grandmother, my sisters, my kids.
4. What books are you currently reading?
Leo: I mostly read novels — I get enough non-fiction online. Right now I’m reading a tattered old copy of “The World to Come” by Dara Horn.
5. Can you share your favorite blogs unrelated to work? Blogs related to being an online entrepreneur?
Leo: I love Seth Godin, 37Signals, Jonathan Fields, Chris Guillebeau, Derek Sivers, among others.
6. Tell us an important lesson or two you have learned from your kids?
Leo: Humility. Perspective. Enthusiasm for life.
7. How has uncopywriting your paid content helped your sales?
Leo: Uncopyright simply removes a major traditional barrier for sharing ideas. When this barrier is removed, people are much more likely to share my work with others, and thus my work spreads much more rapidly if it’s any good. Spreading my work to people who’ve never heard of me is the best kind of advertising there is.
8. How do you use Twitter?
Leo: Minimally. I usually tweet just once or twice a day, if that, and only if I have something worth saying or sharing — something interesting, useful, funny, valuable. I don’t stay connected — a couple times a day, I read replies and then get out.
9. Do you have an established time when you stop working for the day?
Leo: I did at one time, but these days my workday is much looser. I work in bursts as I get excited and take breaks in between. When I feel I’ve worked enough and want to spend time with my beautiful wife or amazing kids, I stop working.
The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination is a small investment for great advice and insight from one of the most admired entrepreneurs online.