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Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
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4.5 stars: Rubin's framework of four habit tendencies may not convince every reader that she's on to something regarding habits. It's not based on rigorous behavioral science, but I think it can provide a fresh perspective for many people. One positive aspect of Rubin's framework is that it emphasizes how many different habit change approaches there are. That information alone can be encouraging if you've started to feel like you'll never change that darned habit. Maybe you just haven't tried the right approach.

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Reading Progress

August 5, 2017 – Started Reading
August 5, 2017 – Shelved
August 5, 2017 –
page 74
24.83% "Broken windows=things in your environment that bug or distract you, such as sink full of dirty dishes or piles of newspaper. Not *every* person is bothered by clutter, but many are."
August 5, 2017 –
page 97
32.55% "Best "eccentric accountability device": Victor Hugo ordered his servant to take away his clothing for the day. Left naked in his study, with only paper and pen, Hugo had nothing to do but write."
August 5, 2017 –
page 104
34.9% "*Now* is an unpopular time to take a first step. Won't things be easier--for some not-quite-specified reason--in the future? This is termed "tomorrow logic""
August 6, 2017 –
page 203
68.12% "Rubin & I share too many "loves" for me to be objective about her books at this point: her favorite treats are going to the library and sleep. She's also a staunch defender of coffee. Yes!!"
August 6, 2017 –
page 219
73.49% "Q: Isn't all this focus on small habits a bit petty? What about the Big Questions of Life? A: Mastering your habits leaves you freer to explore those issues, knowing your everyday life is solid."
August 19, 2017 – Finished Reading

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