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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Happiness Project and “a force for real change” (Brené Brown) examines how changing our habits can change our lives.
 
“If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising, or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.”—Parade
 
Most of us have a habit we’d like to change, and there’s no shortage of expert advice. But as we all know from tough experience, no magic, one-size-fits-all solution exists. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
 
In  Better Than Before, acclaimed writer Gretchen Rubin identifies every approach that actually works. She presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. 
 
Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed,  Better Than Before explains the (sometimes counterintuitive) core principles of habit formation and answers the most perplexing questions about habits: 
 
• Why do we find it tough to create a habit for something we love to do? 
• How can we keep our healthy habits when we’re surrounded by temptations? 
• How can we help someone else change a habit? 
 
Rubin reveals the true secret to habit change: first, we must know ourselves. When we shape our habits to suit ourselves, we can find success—even if we’ve failed before. 
 
Whether you want to eat more healthfully, stop checking devices, or finish a project, the invaluable ideas in  Better Than Before will start you working on your own habits—even before you’ve finished the book.

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“We are totally comfortable calling Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, life-changing.” 
—Better Homes & Gardens 
 
“If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.” 
—Parade
 
“It’s exciting to find a self-help book that’s not only full of eye-opening insight but also provides practical tips to help you procrastinate and stress less, exercise and eat more healthfully, and spend time on activities that matter. We’re really glad that Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, decided to investigate her affinity for habits, because in the process she’s come up with a great guide to help us lay the foundation of a more satisfying life. Best of all , Better Than Before is a really fun read—Rubin’s friendliness, candor, and humor mirror a lively conversation with a best friend.” Apple iBooks
 
The Happiness Project lays out life’s essential goals…Her new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them.” —New York Times Sunday Book Review

“In  Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Gretchen Rubin picks up where [William] James left off, integrating a wealth of insight from psychology, sociology, and anthropology in an illuminating field guide to harnessing the transformative power of habit in modern life.” 
Brain Pickings
 
“Change can be good. Particularly if it helps us live longer, healthier, indeed, happier lives — the objective of Rubin’s latest project.” 
—Chicago Tribune

“Author Gretchen Rubin says most people fall into one of four motivation types. Knowing yours is key to taking on new habits.” 
—Lifehacker
 
“Gretchen Rubin… [is] lighthearted and inviting—full of insights that sound familiar and advice that sounds less like what you should do and more like what you want to do.... With her focus on taking first steps and creating early successes, this is a refreshing take on how to change stubborn patterns that limit what we can enjoy about our lives.” Audiofile Magazine 

“Do you have a bad habit you’re trying to shake, or a good one you wish you could cultivate? Gretchen Rubin is one of the most charming and erudite authors of her generation. Here, she uses her gifts to help you eat right, sleep well, stop procrastinating, and start enjoying all that life has to offer.” 
—Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
 
 “Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and—more important—how they can change. It’s indispensable for anyone hoping to overhaul how they (almost unthinkingly) behave.”
—Charles Duhigg, New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit
 
“Filled with insights about our patterns of behavior,  Better Than Before addresses one of life’s big and timeless questions: how can we transform ourselves? In a way that’s thought-provoking, surprising, and often funny, Gretchen Rubin provides us with the tools to build a life that truly reflects our goals and values.” 
—Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and New York Times bestselling author of Thrive
 
“Is there a habit in your life you’d like to change? If so, here’s your first step: Read this book. It’s loaded with practical, everyday tips and techniques that will guide you to success.”
—Dan Heath, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Made to StickSwitch, and Decisive
 
“Almost everyone wants to be ‘better’—slimmer, smarter, better looking, more interesting, more productive—and we want to know we’re improving, we want the reinforcing evidence. Gretchen Rubin’s new masterpiece,  Better Than Before, shows us how.  Unlike other books on habits, Rubin’s book gives us the specific tools and a blueprint for getting back on track—the fast track.”
 —Brian Wansink, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Slim by Design and Mindless Eating
 
“With bold and original insights, Gretchen Rubin reveals the hidden truths about how to change our habits—from resisting junk food and hitting the gym to ending procrastination and saving money.  Better Than Before is a gem, and the first habit you should form is reading a chapter every night.”
—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
 
“Gretchen Rubin’s superpower is curiosity. Luckily for us, she’s turned her passionate inquiry to the topic of making and mastering habits. Weaving together research, unforgettable examples, and her brilliant insight,  Better Than Before is a force for real change. It rearranged what I thought I knew about my habits, and I’m better for it.”
—Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly andThe Gifts of Imperfection

About the Author

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellersOuter Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her top-ranking, award-winning podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she explores happiness and good habits. She is also a CBS News contributor, providing weekly solutions for living a happier life. Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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A NOTE TO THE READER
Better Than Before tackles the question: How do we change? One answer—by using habits.
Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.

But that observation just raises another question: Okay, then, how do we change our habits? That’s what this book seeks to answer.
But while Better Than Before explores how to change your habits, it won’t tell you what particular habits to form. It won’t tell you to exercise first thing in the morning, or to eat dessert twice a week, or to clear out your office. (Well, actually, there is one area where I do say what habit I think is best. But only one.)

The fact is, no one-size-fits-all solution exists. It’s easy to dream that if we copy the habits of productive, creative people, we’ll win similar success. But we each must cultivate the habits that work for us. Some people do better when they start small; others when they start big. Some people need to be held accountable; some defy account- ability. Some thrive when they give themselves an occasional break from their good habits; others when they never break the chain. No wonder habit formation is so hard.

The most important thing is to know ourselves, and to choose the strategies that work for us.
Before you begin, identify a few habits that you’d like to adopt, or changes you’d like to make. Then, as you read, consider what steps you want to try. You may even want to note today’s date on your book’s flyleaf, so you’ll remember when you began the process of change.
To help you shape your habits, I regularly post suggestions on my blog, and I’ve also created many resources to help you make your life better than before. But I hope that the most compelling inspiration is the book you hold in your hands.

I see habits through the lens of my own experience, so this ac- count is colored by my particular personality and interests. “Well,” you might think, “if everyone forms habits differently, why should I bother to read a book about what someone else did?”

During my study of habits and happiness, I’ve noticed something surprising: I often learn more from one person’s idiosyncratic experiences than I do from scientific studies or philosophical treatises. For this reason, Better Than Before is packed with individual examples of habit changes. You may not be tempted by Nutella, or travel too much for work, or struggle to keep a gratitude journal, but we can all learn from each other.
It’s simple to change habits, but it’s not easy.

I hope that reading Better Than Before will encourage you to harness the power of habits to make change in your own life. Whenever you read this, and wherever you are, you’re in the right place to begin.

IT''S NOT ENOUGH TO BEGIN
Some habit-formation strategies are familiar and obvious—like Monitoring or Scheduling—but others took me more time to understand. As I studied habits, I slowly began to recognize the tremendous importance of the time of beginning.

The most important step is the first step. All those old sayings are really true. Well begun is half done. Don’t get it perfect, get it going. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started, and strangely, starting is often far harder than continuing.

That first step is tough. Every action has an ignition cost: getting myself to the gym and changed into my gym clothes can be more challenging than actually working out. That’s why good habits are a tremendous help: they make the starting process automatic.
Without yet having a name for it, in fact, I’d invoked the power of the Strategy of First Steps as I was starting to write this book. I’d spent months reading and taking copious notes, and I had a giant doc­ument with a jumble of material about habits. This initial period of research for a book is always exhilarating, but eventually I have to begin the painstaking labor of actual analysis and writing.

What was the most auspicious date to start? I asked myself. The first day of the week, or the month, or the year? Or my birthday? Or the start of the school year? Then I realized that I was beginning to invoke tomorrow logic.

Nope. Begin now. I was ready. Take the first step. It’s enough to begin.
Now is an unpopular time to take a first step. Won’t things be easier—for some not-quite-specified reason—in the future? I have a fantasy of what I’ll be like tomorrow: Future-Gretchen will sponta­neously start a good new habit, with no planning and no effort neces­sary; it’s quite pleasant to think about how virtuous I’ll be, tomorrow. But there is no Future-Gretchen, only Now-Gretchen.

A friend told me about how she used tomorrow logic: “I use a kind of magical thinking to procrastinate. I make up questionable rules like ‘I can’t start working at 10:10, I need to start on the hour’ or ‘It’s already 4:00, it’s too late to start working.’ But the truth is that I should just start.” It’s common to hear people say, “I’ll start my new habit after the holidays are over/I’ve settled into my new job/my kids are a little older.” Or worse, the double-remove: “I’ll start my new habit once I’m back in shape.”

Tomorrow logic wastes time, and also it may allow us to deny that our current actions clash with our intentions. In an argument worthy of the White Queen, we tell ourselves, absolutely, I’m committed to reading aloud to my children, and I will read to them tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow—just not today.

The same tendency can lead us to overcommit to responsibilities that take place in the comfortably distant future—but eventually the future arrives, and then we’re stuck. My father-in-law has a mental habit to correct for that kind of tomorrow logic. He told me, “If I’m asked to do something—give a speech, attend an event—I always imagine that it’s happening next week. It’s too easy to agree to do something that’s six months off, then the time comes, and I’m sorry I agreed to do it.”

When taking the first step toward a new habit, a key question from the Strategy of Distinctions is “Do I prefer to take small steps or big steps?”

Many people succeed best when they keep their starting steps as small and manageable as possible; by doing so, they gain the habit of the habit, and the feeling of mastery. They begin their new yoga rou­tine by doing three poses, or start work on a big writing project by drafting a single sentence in a writing session.

As an exercise zealot, I was pleased when my mother told me that she was trying to make a habit of going for a daily walk.

“But I’m having trouble sticking to it,” she told me.

“How far are you going?”

“Twice around Loose Park,” she told me, “which is about two miles.”

“Try going just once around the park,” I suggested. That worked. When she started smaller, she was able to form the habit.

Small steps can be particularly helpful when we’re trying to do something that seems overwhelming. If I can get myself to take that first small step, I usually find that I can keep going. I invoked this principle when I was prodding myself to master Scrivener, a writers’ software program. Scrivener would help me organize my enormous trove of notes, but I dreaded starting: installing the software; syn­chronizing between my laptop and desktop computers; and most dif­ficult, figuring out how to use it.

Each day gave me a new opportunity to push the task off until tomorrow. Tomorrow, I’d feel like dealing with it. “Start now,” I fi­nally thought. “Just take the first step.” I started with the smallest possible step, which was to find the website where I could buy the software. Okay, I thought. I can do that. And then I did. I had a lot of hard work ahead of me—it’s a Secret of Adulthood: things often get harder before they get easier—but I’d started. The next day, with a feeling of much greater confidence and calm, I watched the tutorial video. Then I created my document. And then—I started my book.
However, some people do better when they push themselves more boldly; a big challenge holds their interest and helps them persist. A friend was determined to learn French, so he moved to France for six months.

Along those lines, the Blast Start can be a helpful way to take a first step. The Blast Start is the opposite of taking the smallest possible first step because it requires a period of high commitment. It’s demand­ing, but its intensity can energize a habit. For instance, after reading Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem!—which explains how to write a novel in a month—I wrote a novel in thirty days, as a way to spark my creativity. This kind of shock treatment can’t be maintained for­ever, but it’s fun and gives momentum to the habit. A twenty-one-day project, a detox, a cleanse, an ambitious goal, a boot camp—by tackling more instead of less for a certain period, I get a surge of energy and focus. (Not to mention bragging rights.) In particular, I love the retreat model. Three times, I’ve set aside a few days to work on a book during every waking hour, with breaks only for meals and for exer­cise. These periods of intensity help fuel my daily writing habit.

However, a Blast Start is, by definition, unsustainable over the long term. It’s very important to plan specifically how to shift from the intensity of the Blast Start into the habit that will continue indef­initely.

There’s no right way or wrong way, just whatever works.

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Gem
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Interesting, but there are better books on habits
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2015
I have loved all of Gretchen Rubin''s books and pre-ordered this one with great anticipation. It is interesting and can be insightful, but as someone already familiar with habits after reading The Power of Habit (highly recommend!!), this had two major flaws for me and I... See more
I have loved all of Gretchen Rubin''s books and pre-ordered this one with great anticipation. It is interesting and can be insightful, but as someone already familiar with habits after reading The Power of Habit (highly recommend!!), this had two major flaws for me and I would recommend reading other books on habits first.

First, Rubin attempts to break down people''s personalities to ascertain what methods will work best for different people, which would be incredibly helpful if her framework of the Four Tendencies worked. For me, it fails because people don''t easily fall into those 4 categories - I think it might be more correct to say that in some situations people need external commitment (Obliger), and in other situations those same people are going to reject any rules (Rebel). But I think its very, very unusual that one person is one "Tendency" in all situations and for this reason, her constant reference to the framework in many ways detracted instead of helped me think about habits and how I might apply the various strategies. As she notes herself, Rubin is a very unique person and I think the fact that she is an Upholder in all situations is probably the exception, not the rule.

My second critique is that because Rubin herself is so unique and as a person completely without vice, she isn''t able to clearly demonstrate the power of habit. Her method of writing is to combine research with personal stories. In her Happiness books, I found that method to be very successful. Here, however, she can''t use herself as a guinea pig because she has few major habits to change; somehow she does not struggle at all with food, sleep, alcohol, exercise, etc. in the way many people do. So instead she uses her strategies to change small habits, which didn''t come across as very dramatic to me because they aren''t as difficult to change. Had she been able to point to at least one major habit to change and demonstrated the process and the challenges and ultimate success of doing so, it would have been much more compelling. It is as not hard to set an alarm every day to make yourself meditate as it is to completely change your diet (for most people, that is. For her that somehow was not a struggle).

If you are really interested in habits, and you should be because habits are fascinating, I would start with the Power of Habit.
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Jonas Lindskog
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Rebel yell
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2017
Been reading 75 pages now and have decided to skim through the rest. My primary issue is that framework doesn''t make sense for me. Four fundamental principles, coupled with, to a varying degree, "hard wired" tendencies regarding sleep, food, exercise etc makes it... See more
Been reading 75 pages now and have decided to skim through the rest. My primary issue is that framework doesn''t make sense for me. Four fundamental principles, coupled with, to a varying degree, "hard wired" tendencies regarding sleep, food, exercise etc makes it both overly deterministic and relativistic at the same time. I get the feeling Gretchen wants to use her framework so desperately, that it actually hampers her own analysis (the "hammer fallacy - to use a hammer just because it''s the only tool available). This is further enforced by the lack of annotations the further in you get into the book. Unfortunately, the personal stories are not relatable to me, and used too frequently, which muddles the underlying theme of the book (which is to create healthy habits).

But mostly this: I identify as the Rebel/Questioner archetype (like to do things against the grain, and hate tasks that have no value or purpose). Time and time again, the Rebel is more or less described as a child: (p.75 "Scheduling makes us far more likely to convert an activity into a habit (well, except for Rebels). This is just wrong, the choice is what''s important to me - if I make the choice then of course it''s easier to stick to the schedule, especially since I''m less likely to forget.

It''s almost as if Gretchen thinks of Rebels as akin to children throughout he book, or something like a childlike Questioner.

-- this ended up more berating and mean than originally intended. Just need to add that Gretchen is obviously a great writer considering her other works, but this was just too offensive and non-relatable to me.
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Charlotte
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Valuable book, but reconsider reading if you ever struggled with an eating disorder/alcoholism
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
This is overall an excellent book. Rubin breaks down the mindsets that allow us as well as dissuade us from forming lasting habits. The main thesis: it’s all about knowing what your effortless tendencies are. A note though: The author gives a disclaimer in the... See more
This is overall an excellent book. Rubin breaks down the mindsets that allow us as well as dissuade us from forming lasting habits. The main thesis: it’s all about knowing what your effortless tendencies are.

A note though: The author gives a disclaimer in the beginning of her book that she is not trying to address addiction, but I recommend people who are currently suffering from an addiction, specifically an eating disorder or alcoholism, reconsider reading this book. Rubin reinforces the idea that you must lose weight to be healthy, which can be triggering for people with eating disorders, and there is a lot of discussion about people who struggle to drink less. As someone who has struggled with addiction, I want to give people that warning.
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Martha Alicia
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Life coach modality not mental health or wellness
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
She’s gives a fresh perspective on “her” aspect of habits and habit formation. An introspection of sorts of her own behaviors and how she sees others and how they can fit together at least that what I got from the book. Now for my breakdown: As much as she’s adamant for... See more
She’s gives a fresh perspective on “her” aspect of habits and habit formation. An introspection of sorts of her own behaviors and how she sees others and how they can fit together at least that what I got from the book. Now for my breakdown: As much as she’s adamant for individuals to go on a path discovery in their own right her methodology on the ways she retrieved her background info for her work lacks structure and lacks scientific backing such as stating in text sources and listing studies she so call looked at for this book as references in text on a reference page that’s bad writing . From a mental health and counseling perspective this is very much a life coach modality of habit formation etc which special care needs to be further developed for its audience because the terminology she had used an safely assuming she’s has made up on her own which is not a bad thing but for ethical understanding she’s should clarify that for her readers because I don’t think this book would be recommended by them even for leisure as badly structured as it is. I almost didn’t want to finish the book I was waiting for it to all tie in the end but didn’t seem so. Wish it was more clearly written and concise even had professionals look at it and write a section in the book that might have helped.
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Nica S.
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There are Pros and Cons...Mostly Cons
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
BUYER BE WARNED: the subtitle of the book says "What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits..." The key word being "I". The author is sharing HER experience. It is NOT...I repeat, NOT a self-help book. If you read this book with those expectations you may find some... See more
BUYER BE WARNED: the subtitle of the book says "What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits..." The key word being "I". The author is sharing HER experience. It is NOT...I repeat, NOT a self-help book. If you read this book with those expectations you may find some useful tips and hints to apply to your life though your main goal will be to read about how Gretchen learns to "Be Gretchen" (...ad nauseam.)

PROS: There is actually a lot of useful information in the book. Some information pertains to changing your mindset. Learning how to frame your perspective in a more useful way and also concrete tips to try to help you organize your priorities and actually accomplish habits that you really want to establish in your life. I did gain a great deal of better understanding of myself.

CONS:
1) The book is terribly self-referential. The text keeps coming back to her experience and the honest truth is it gets really boring and annoying after awhile (I finally had to start skimming over her "Be Gretchen" diatribes to get to the useful information).

2) The book is not organized in a way to truly help you establish new habits. It doesn''t guide you through each step. So I would suggest doing two readings. The first reading you should underline any passages you think would be applicable to your life. The second reading you should go back and actually take notes and create your own step-by-step plan.

3) This book seems like it is written for a small fraction of society. The habit-forming ideas will be easy for "Upholders" and "Questioners". "Rebels" will probably realize early on that the book is a waste of their time. "Obligers" (that''s me) will find the habit suggestions elusive in this era of Covid-19. Without "external accountability" there is little the author provides in helping you to be successful. If you have small children or your spouse or roommates have a freelance/spontaneous career or lifestyle that presents an obstacle for your habit-forming consistency this book may be difficulty to actually apply to your own life.

4) The book is based mostly on the author''s observation and experience. Though there was some research done the book is not as scientifically based as some readers may like. Many chapters mention "research suggests" but then doesn''t go into depth as to what research and how the study was conducted and why we should trust it.
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JKW87
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A Mixed Bag
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2019
This content and ideas found in the book all resonate, however, her dictatorial tone made it hard to read. Although I personally fall in line with her way of doing things, it felt as though she was judging me and forcing her beliefs on those she interacted with in her... See more
This content and ideas found in the book all resonate, however, her dictatorial tone made it hard to read. Although I personally fall in line with her way of doing things, it felt as though she was judging me and forcing her beliefs on those she interacted with in her stories. She comes across as a know-it-all with a pushy nature. It made it hard to keep reading because it didn''t flow as well. The book could have been half the length, contained the same intriguing details about the tendencies, but removee the conversations with people proving that she is right and solved all their problems for them. Overall, her style of writing isn''t for me, but the ideas around habits in this book were interesting to read.
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Marissa
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Interesting but not exciting
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2016
I didn''t really connect with this book. I found some parts interesting - like the identification of tendencies, but many parts I felt that the author beat the topic to death. I was bored many times throughout and had to read something more fun to take a break. I thought she... See more
I didn''t really connect with this book. I found some parts interesting - like the identification of tendencies, but many parts I felt that the author beat the topic to death. I was bored many times throughout and had to read something more fun to take a break. I thought she made some good points and had some interesting insights, but overall I can''t say I enjoyed it. I did laugh when I read that 38% of readers on Goodreads always finish the book - that''s me! I even finished this book that I didn''t love. I''m not sure if it''s because I''m an upholder or a finisher, but I follow through with what I start.
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TELL IT AS IT IS
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Redundant
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
The author describes 4 different personality types when it comes to habits but fails to give concrete ways to develop habit or erase habit for that particular personality. She tries by talking about all the other personalities. The book was more like psychology... See more
The author describes 4 different personality types when it comes to habits but fails to give concrete ways to develop habit or erase habit for that particular personality.
She tries by talking about all the other personalities.
The book was more like psychology talk about habits but not very useful.
About 50 percent through I was saying “ oh my god , when is this book going to be over” because it was getting to be redundant and not helpful
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Blondie
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superficial on a psychology level
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2019
I struggle with this book, it operates in the principles of either/or, you are a starter or a finisher, you love simplicity or abundance, novelty or familiarity. People are more complex than that. It can depend on a whole host of factors (situation, mental state, recent...See more
I struggle with this book, it operates in the principles of either/or, you are a starter or a finisher, you love simplicity or abundance, novelty or familiarity. People are more complex than that. It can depend on a whole host of factors (situation, mental state, recent events etc). So it kind of lost me quite quickly. Perhaps it goes in to say not everybody is one thing or another all the time, but for me this was not signposted clearly enough.
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Maccer
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Habits
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
Habits are fascinating indeed and this is the first time I have read a serious view of them.Interesting and I guess to many people very helpful.At my advanced years I have already discovered most of the suggestions given.The author’ s own personality is a bit too dominant...See more
Habits are fascinating indeed and this is the first time I have read a serious view of them.Interesting and I guess to many people very helpful.At my advanced years I have already discovered most of the suggestions given.The author’ s own personality is a bit too dominant in my opinion. However an informative book
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Pyronik
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It''s an easy, interesting read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2018
I am still reading this. Key for me is her explaining that we all need what works for us, that we''re all different. It''s not a just a "here''s what I did & this is what works". It''s an easy, interesting read. I read the 4 tendencies first which I think definitely...See more
I am still reading this. Key for me is her explaining that we all need what works for us, that we''re all different. It''s not a just a "here''s what I did & this is what works". It''s an easy, interesting read. I read the 4 tendencies first which I think definitely helps, & I would recommend doing that.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2017
Interesting book, well researched and written, haven''t finished reading it all the way through yet but is already making me think differently about why I struggle to break old habits and make new ones
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2019
Fantastic book, with incredible amount of research backing up all the ideas/info offered by the author. Gretchen clearly did her homework and distilled an incredibly amount of scientific and scholar studies and findings into simple & easy to understand narrative. Ideas are...See more
Fantastic book, with incredible amount of research backing up all the ideas/info offered by the author. Gretchen clearly did her homework and distilled an incredibly amount of scientific and scholar studies and findings into simple & easy to understand narrative. Ideas are not rigid and not the “my way or high way” style of so many current writers of the self improvement/ self help world; but rather take into account our unique traits and characteristics and offer solutions and advice to suit everyone.
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