Elastic Habits: Good Habits That Adapt to Your Day
Why do so many sincere attempts to build good habits fail?
We try our best to be consistent, but some days are better than others. Inevitably, we fail when “life happens,” because each day we try to hit the same targets regardless of the situations we face. How, then, can we make our habits more resilient to the turbulence of life?
Here are some of the things I appreciated about this book. The discussion of strengths and weaknesses of differe ...more
Though the tracking and gamification aspects of the system aren't really my cup of tea (I'm not about to put up posters and stickers in my already messy house), I have started thinking of my habits in terms of mini, pl ...more
This is the second book i have read of Stephen Guise. His first one was mini habits for weight loss. I really liked that book and decided to go with this book and I made a right decision :)
The book lays down very simple & effective process to built in habits. You can have 3 different type to achieve it and have 3 intensity for it. Easy, medium and hard. The easy one should be such that no matter how bad your day is you still manage to do it and depending on your schedule you can manage ...more
Unfortunately the book isn't particul ...more
Another awesome book by Stephen Guise. He knocked if out of the park in this one and I’m just as excited about this as I was with his mini habits book I highly recommend this. Read it if you want to change your life in a positive way with little chance of failing.
I'm very excited to try out the elastic habits system. I've long bounced back and forth between being bored and overwhelmed by life. I love being able to customize systems. All in all, a great fit for me!
The book itself is fine. A lot of selling you on the ideas and fleshing them out, but I feel like I was already sold. ...more
I’ve been using the Mini Habit system for nearly a year now, and my life has drastically improved. And now Elastic Habits are here, not to replace mini habits, but to improve them.
The biggest issue with mini habits is that little voice inside your head telling you you’ll never get anywhere if that’s all you do, as well as the uncertainty of where to go after you’ve done that one pushup for the day.
Elastic habits address this issue and many more. Some peop ...more
OK. Not brilliant. OK. ...more
One push-up? While I’m down here I may as well do two! Or three…
But how does it help you to hit larger goals?
So what he has done is stretched them; both horizontally and vertically. He explains it in the book. [of COURSE he does, AM - shut up, brain]
So you would have three levels: mini, plus, and elite. Say, one, five or ten push-ups.
And to stretch it the other way you ...more
Elastic Habits suggests a different approach to Habit forming - we've all been told the importance of habits, and the main thing that's been ingrained is the importance of discipline when forming habits - you've got to persist, regardless of how you're feeling, what surprises develop during the day or regardless of that meteor that's meant to hit earth in a few hours. I've usually found this rigidity to be very of putting, making habit formation a burden rather th ...more
The author uses his own experience as a basis for his examples, which is easy to connect to even when the anecdotes are silly.
I have two criticisms about the book. First, it is way longer than it should be: it felt like a lot of material was repeated multiple times. Second, the book reads at times like an ad for the author’s merchandise.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to trying out ...more
Best book on habits and motivation. I wish I'd known about it 20 years ago, but it is never too late. Incredibly easy to read and best practical useful book I've ever read in my life! The new mindset and strategy presented in this book is unparalleled to anything else that exists. The system should be great for kids and adults alike! This book should be taught at schools. ...more
I enjoyed the book and the discussion around choosing freedom vs giving it up with other habit systems.
The book just got a little too specific in ways the author tried it out in their own life while admitting it's not a one size fits all system. I do plan on trying it out. Just seems like there were more words than were necessary. ...more
I wish the author backed up what he was suggesting with more science and less salesmanship - there’s a ton of “this system is the besssssstttt!” fluff in this book, and so much repetition, plus the entire last chapter is about MORE STUFF you can buy from him. Yikes. But the core principles seem interesting and workable, and if the book were condensed to about ten pages it would be great.
- Basically create habit routines of what you want to do.
- For each create a minimal task that you can perform in very less time and cant say no to.
- Now work on them every day.
Y it works - ur not penalizing self. Thus your brain treats it as reward. Keeps the flow. Eventually unconscious mind picks up. habit hook ✅
This system actually makes sense in real life. Sticking to habits is difficult for me. This system addresses many of my challenges in a way that gives me hope that I'll regain confidence in my own ability to develop positive habits toward my broader goals. ...more
I am so excited after finishing this book and can't wait to get started designing and setting up my elastic habits system. I loved Mini Habits but I got a lot more out of this book. The built-in flexibility fits my lifestyle and the tracking options make accountability easy. ...more
I enjoyed the message and tone of the book. I have a new level of optimism and excitement to finally make some changes in my life. I had my first win yesterday by allowing for a ‘plus’ win. It wasn’t my target for the day, but it was better than the “well one can’t get my exact target so I’ll just skip today.”
.. probably sooner than I should have. There are probably some useful ideas here. But the author's description of how he got ready to write this book was just silly. Really? Drinking, gambling, gorging and turning into an overweight couch potato as a literary gambit? I'm surprised he didn't go all out and find a meth dealer. ...more
For the 1st time in my life I am excited about setting goals because I feel like I can be successful. This is a serious how to book not just a bunch of theory. I certainly appreciate Stephen Guise for all of his research in habit forming.
I couldn't really understand what author was saying.Skipped a lot of pages.
The basic idea is like that your daily goals should not be fixed but elastic depending upon your energy and motivation levels. ...more
Pick mini-habits, have 3 options of related theme, and 3 levels of intensity. Can always do the minimum and get a win, or push to mid or high level.