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Can a Stunt Project Help to Build Your Habits? Sometimes, But Be Careful.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m hard at work on Better Than Before, a book about how we make and break habits. Sign up here to be notified when it goes on sale. I’ve noticed an issue that often arises when people are trying to change a habit. When people want to get into a habit, they often set …


The Counter-Intuitive Strategy that Really Works–For Habits, and Much Else.

I love Secrets of Adulthood, and am always listening to try to identify new ones. At first, I didn’t realize the usefulness of this Secret of Adulthood, which was given to me by an engineer friend: “If something doesn’t work one way, turn it around.” Literally, if you can’t get a piece to fit, turn it around. And figuratively–if something’s …


Video: For Habits, the Strategy of First Steps.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple …


Finding It Hard to Change a Habit? Maybe This Explains Why.

This weekend, I spent a huge amount of time reading — ah, my favorite thing to do. One book I read was the Letters of James Agee to Father Flye. (I just read Agee’s A Death in the Family, and loved it, so wanted to more of his work.) Because I’m writing my book about habits – Better Than Before — …


“There Is No More Miserable Human Being Than One in Whom Nothing Is Habitual”

“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation. Full half the time of such a …