So remember when my goal for 2015 was simply to be better? I had heard about Gretchen Rubin's new book Better Than Before a few months ago and I think I entered a Goodreads giveaway or two and then I kind of forgot about it. When I was browsing the Blogging For Books website and saw it pop up, I immediately requested it to review. I was a big fan of Rubin's The Happiness Project so I imagined I would enjoy Better Than Before just as much, if not more.
To sum up what the book is about very shortly it's about how habits impact our lives and the importance of finding habits that suit each of us.
I don't know how many times I read a blog post or see an instagram photo of someone eating a million healthy things and think to myself: "why can't I just get into that habit?" Or how does this person manage to get up two hours early every morning when I struggle to roll out of bed no matter how hard I try?
"There's no magic formula-- not for ourselves, and not for the people around us. We won't make ourselves more creative or productive by copying other people's habits...we must know our own nature, and what habits serve us best."
The book definitely reads more as research full of her facts and findings, but as someone who could possibly read social science research articles all day long, I loved that component to the book. Rubin takes her thoughts and questions and fleshes them out using real world examples that almost anyone can find a way to relate. On that same note, I felt like certain topics were too examined and I lost a little bit of interest during those points.
One chapter that stood out to me the most was on loopholes (nothing stays in vegas | loophole-spotting). As I was reading it I kept thinking oh man this is totally me. She mentions the tomorrow loophole, where we completely forgo what we're trying to achieve because we'll start tomorrow. Something like, tomorrow I'll start a budget so today I might as well buy everything, kind of thinking. Or, tomorrow I'm going to cut back on desserts so I might as well eat this entire box of cookies today. She goes on through the chapter mentioning many other loopholes that I could just as easily relate to in some way.
Overall, I don't know that reading this book will completely solve your problems when it comes to forming better habits, but I can almost guarantee it will give you better insight into why you make the choices you make when it comes to mastering habits.
"Perfection may be an impossible goal, but habits help us to do better. Making headway toward a good habit, doing better than before, saves us from facing the end of another year with the mournful wish, once again, that we'd done things differently."
Have you read any of Rubin's books? Are you a fan of personal development/self help books?
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review, my opinions are my own.