How to Boost Your Productivity Like Leo Babauta

    Sometimes I get stuck.

    I stare at the blank page and the blank page stares back at me.

    Know what I mean?

    To find out how successful writers like Leo Babauta, Nina Amir, and Barrie Davenport unblock their creativity and become insanely productive, read on.

    I’m delighted to welcome Leo Babauta back to WritetoDone! As you know, he is the original creator of this blog.

    How to Boost Your Creativity Like Leo Babauta of

    There are so many great benefits to mindfully exercising, but the first is that it helps me to continue my mindfulness practice, using motion and exertion rather than sitting.

    The practice of trying to stay present, of noticing my discomfort, uncertainty, and resistance, of finding gratitude and appreciation amid all of these discomforts … it carries over to productivity, where I face the same difficulties when confronted by a difficult and scary task like writing.

    I can now see when I’m avoiding discomfort and running to distraction, and I can mindfully stay with that discomfort and even find curiosity about it, gratitude for even having the opportunity to exercise or create.

    I’ve found fitness, especially when combined with mindfulness practice, also increases my capacity for life.

    If I’m fitter, I have more energy for work, for play, for being present with my family and friends. I’m not so tired all the time, even on days when I have a really tough workout or run and need to take a nap to refresh myself.

    How to recharge your Creativity like Nina Amir of

    boost your creativityI like to do walking and bicycling meditations prior to writing. I get the energy flowing as I move my body, I breathe deeply as I exercise, and my mind clears along the way.

    I allow my thoughts to flow through and out. I wait for the most important ideas or thoughts to arrive—and sometimes I ask for the answers, solutions, and aha moments I seek. After mindful fitness, I enter my home office refreshed and ready to work.

    Mindful movement raises my energy, which gives me the ability to sustain work longer and to feel energized while doing so. Plus, it helps heightens my ability to focus and gain clarity, which makes me more creativity. I also produce more—and better— work in less time.

    I also take a break every hour. During these 10 minutes, I get a drink of water and mindfully do energy exercises. I take 10 deep breaths while bouncing on my toes and allowing my thoughts to release on the exhale. Or I do the Tai Chi cupping exercise. I breathe deeply while doing so and consciously clear my mind.

    These exercises bring me back into the moment and allows me to go back to writing refreshed, open to new ideas, and able to tap into my creative flow.

    As long as I practice mindful fitness regularly—daily and hourly—I maximize my ability to produce creative work consistently. And these practices are all the more essential when I’m on a book, blog, or article deadline.

    How to renew your mental energy like Barrie Davenport of

    boost your creativityUp until a few years ago, exercise was a real chore for me. It was something I did (somewhat sporadically) because I knew it was good for me.

    But I didn’t enjoy it.

    I also had some limiting beliefs around exercise. I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up, so I always assumed that I just wasn’t born with good “athlete genes.” When I hit midlife, with all of the accompanying realizations about getting older, I found myself revisiting running — something I’d attempted off and on for years with little success.

    I learned a style of running called Chi Running, a mindfulness-based approach in which you pay attention to your core, your alignment, and the way your body feels. I also took up hiking and biking, both of which put me in a meditative state because I’m immersed in nature and highly focused when I practice them. These mindful fitness programs not only provide more mental and physical energy, but also they clear my mind so I’m more receptive to ideas and inspiration for my business.

    These mindful fitness programs not only provide more mental and physical energy, but also they clear my mind so I’m more receptive to ideas and inspiration for my business. In fact, some of most successful ideas emerged on the running path or hiking trail.

    The mindfulness principles I’ve learned through Chi Running, as well as hiking and biking, can be easily applied to my personal and professional life in general: focus on the task at hand, breathe, get in the flow, pay attention, remain open, stay aligned. When you are present, you have unobstructed access to your own creative energy and inner genius.


    As you can see, all of the writers above recharge their creative batteries with mindful fitness. I have found the same. Just ten minutes of vigorous but mindful exercise in fresh air ramps up creativity.

    When I resume writing after my ten-minute recharge, words flow onto that blank page effortlessly.

    How do you recharge your creative batteries? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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    • Siha says:

      creativity is the base of so many things in life. I am glad to learn some ways to boost it here. Thanks for sharing.

    • Wonderful suggestions. I set my iPhone timer for one hour, then go out and ride the exercise bicycle for 1KM. So almost every hour during a work day, there is movement. Plus the morning walk without the iPhone gives me space to watch my thoughts.

      Peace, Shawn

    • Jason Quey says:

      Interesting insight here Mary!

      I find just taking a simple 10 minute walk when my brain feels sluggish. Of course, listening to the great interview you did with me is another way to feel energized :).

      Hope you had an awesome weekend Mary,

    • Thank you very much for writing these all thing here and share with us.

    • Juliar nur says:

      Thanks for the tips. It is good to have a stop function in our activity as writer. To refresh our mind and to avoid blank page… Usefull tips. Hope i can apply it to my daily work. And the tips about avoiding discomfort..its remind me that i always do that… Hope i can write in discomfort situation and gratitude about it

    • Ruth Nelson says:

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    • I couldn’t agree more…
      I feel much more productive after a great morning workout at my local gym. On the days i stay home (weekends) I tend to feel a tad lazy because my body is just so used to the gym routine.

      Other than that, I also rely (heavily) on a to-do list and it helps me get through the day like a champ.

      Enjoy your day, Mary!

      – Elvis

    • Laszlo A. Voros says:

      I recently got my exercise machine a Gravity Edge fixed. So I work out Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday I watched Blue Bloods (I must) and then went down to the basement and worked out.
      Well I don’t know what happened, but I must have unleashed all of these endorphins or something because I had energy like I was from Krypton. Without benefit of caffeine. I do drink lots of coffee, but this time. And I wrote. I had this laser focused clarity. It was a terrific feeling.

    • Tayde Rodríguez Gabarrón says:

      Mil gracias por compartir consejos que son conclusiones de vida. cada uno lo estudio y analizo. Gracias. Tayde

    • Mike says:

      Hello Everyone,

      Great advice written in the briefs about incorporating a little mindful exercise into one’s writing routine. Additionally, I like to add an iPod podcast sometimes to turn up the creative heat. While at other times, just simply jumping on my bicycle and riding for 20 plus miles, gets the motivation going. When I return (similar to the testimonies above) the energy is flowing and the words come out easily with less anxiety fueling them. Again, thank you for the words. Have a great day.



    • Thanks for sharing all these tips and also the video. Exercise always plays a major role to boost your mind and body for a fresh start in the morning.

    • Diane Young says:

      There’s a saying that I quite like and frequently toss out to others: When you rest, you RUST.
      You gotta keep moving. When you feel least like moving and exercising is when you MOST NEED
      to move and exercise. Gulping fresh air always gives me a shot of energy and motivation. Hmm,
      gotta go check my bicycle tires!

    • Great reminder of another important Life 101 truth. I still sit the alarm on my cell phone to remind me to get up and leave my work space every 50 minutes. Somethings that is an interruption of a thought process , something I was writing or a business task I was into. Invariably, I am able to be more creative and more productive upon return. The bigger payoff is no longer treating my writing as a marathon and creating time to help prepare food and have more time with my wife and dog.

    • Great advice! I’ve read all sorts of scientific studies about how exercise and even just simple movement can enhance mental function and boost creativity. Even just a short 20-minute walk has the power to do it.

      I think I’m pretty lucky that I really enjoy exercise. I lift weights, do high-intensity interval training, or practice yoga every morning (combined with slow walking as a cool down). If I miss a day, I always feel off.

      It’s especially important for us writers to get at least a little bit of exercise and daily movement. Sitting all day is definitely no good for the body or the mind.

      Thanks Mary 🙂

    • Mark Tong says:

      Excellent insights into what it takes to really be creative and boost your productivity. O find the same – I sit there and blame my lack of creative thought when in fact, all i really need to do is get my body moving mindfully and amazingly the creative flow starts again.

    • Susan Essly says:

      This is very interesting thank you very much for your inspiration ..

    • Jamie says:

      Thank you! It’s helpful to hear how exercise helps unstick other writers.

      • Thanks for your comment, Jamie! Yes, it’s interesting to find that many writers have made the same discovery about how to unstick their creativity.

        While I was writing this, I was wondering about the verb ‘unstick’. It has some strange resonances. Like, when someone says, “She came unstuck.” Or, even worse: “She came unglued.” …

    • Thank you all for a quick kick in the pants to get moving! I know it’s important but sometimes need that reminder to get up off the couch. Body movement = moving brain cells = moving fingers! 😀

      • Ah yes, Penelope – I like “Moving body – moving mind – moving fingers”. All I would add to that is “Still mind” 🙂

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