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The Power of Habit

 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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One of my favourite things to do on my commute for work has been to read a book and listen to music to pass the time. This started in University when I realized I could use this time to do all my textbook readings. In these last couple of years, on my way to and from work, reading some self-improvement and business minded books has helped me fill this time. Nowadays, I have become addicted to podcasts as I drive to work, but I will leave that for another post. Today I wanted to share with you one of most recent reads that I really enjoyed…

We all have habits that we both rely on and get stuck on every day. One habit I have is that when I get to work every day is to check my calendar and prepare my priority list for the day which helps with my productivity for the day. On the other hand, a bad one is my addiction to Starbucks coffee every morning (ahem… yes I know basic), which is expensive and not always the most healthy. Some habits are great and some are a part of being human and the difficulty we as humans have with handling change. Right now I am in the process of trying to break my Starbucks habit and maybe some other bad habits I have picked up over the course of my career.

In The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, the author uses numerous individual and business examples to show how you can achieve success by focusing on those daily patterns and habits that make up our lives. The first step in this is to understand how to change your bad habits and form good ones in their place. The author then goes through a simple, yet for me, life changing process for how you can change your habits and replace them with better ones.

While I am still working on changing that expensive and not always healthy Starbucks habit, this book has shown me that you can follow a method to change your habits. Once I have kicked this one habit, I hope to move on and apply this process to other habits in the future. You know… maybe like a regular workout routine…

Are there any books that have inspired you lately? Let me know in the comments, I would love to find some new reading material!

4 thoughts on “The Power of Habit”

  1. I got this book a while back and I need to start reading it.

    Right now I’m. reading “the subtle art of not giving a fu*k”

    Love it.

  2. I love self improvement books! I’ll have to read that one you suggested! So far my favorite has been You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. After reading the I immediately re-read it haha! My next one that I’ll be starting right away is The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein which I’m looking forward to. 

  3. This book had a huge impact on my life. I am so glad you’re enjoying it. I find some of Tim Ferriss’ podcasts similarly helpful. I’m currently reading his book, Tools of Titans, and am finding great insights in it. However, I think you need to have listened to some of his podcasts for the book to click. He has a particular style/approach to things.

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