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Now that I have read it....I am ANGRY. What a waste of money!
I found most of the book how to make these small changes pretty basic stuff. If it was a 99 cent book I wouldn't complain, but I found most of the habits common knowledge items.
Here are 5 of Mr. Scott's "small life changes" for example:
#55 Collect Dirty Laundry
#69 Practice Simple Grooming
#84 Brush your Tongue
#85 Microwave your Sponge
You get the idea.
BLUF The author got my $7 don't let him take yours.....
PRODUCTIVITY [HABITS #1-17]
SPIRITUALITY AND MENTAL WELL-BEING [HABITS#61-75]
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL FITNESS [HABITS#76-85]
Now, a lot of the habits listed in this book are simple common sense “no-brainers” and that most people are conscious of what needs to be done in their lives even if they aren’t doing everything they could be. Steve mentions this in the conclusion section Having said that, it is nice to have these habits as “small reminders” lest we forget the little things that make big differences if practiced over time And, that is what this book focuses on: doing the little things a little bit each day over an extended period of time that add up to effective changes being moulded into your daily life. In the beginning of the book Steve introduces readers to the concept of “Big Doors Swing On Small Hinges.” You can get a lot accomplished by doing the little things that matter in just a few minutes a day. It’s a great quote by W. Clement Stone and I think it fits in perfectly with this book, and encompasses the theme of Habit Stacking.
Just reading this book through from start to finish gives people some good ideas for incorporating new habits into their lives; you might close the book, say “Well, that was interesting. Next?” But if you do, you ‘ll be missing out on the point of the program. i actually read through it twice to make sure I had grasped what exactly it is that I was reading. The first read I thought it was a book on 97 habits to make life better, happier, and all that usual stuff. But after the second read it hit me that what this is is a program. The “97 Habits” discussed stand as examples you can include if you desire. For example, in the section on Health and Nutrition, there are some good pointers such as stretching in the morning, making a smoothie or taking vitamins. You could replace this with doing push-ups, deep breathing exercises, or eating a tomato first thing in the morning. Again, in the book it says: “Focus on the Routine and not the Habit.” I think this sums it up.
Habit Stacking is more than just a compilation of habits; its a system of taking action and that, once you have established your own “Habit Stack” routine, you can swap out various habits for new ones. Once a habit has become “second nature” its time to let it live on its own and decide on a new habit.
I believe that for the categories this book is based on, although Steve gives us about 15 habits for each one, there are probably hundreds you could come up with on your own. Once I finished this book I started brainstorming all the other "5 minute habits or less” possibilities and for each section I could map out well over fifty additional habits. Now I have loads of habits for building a stack for Morning, Evening, At Work, In the Car, Taking Breaktime, etc...
One other thing I like about this book [and others by Steve Scott] is the introduction to the various apps and other sites that are available, for example the lift app for holding yourself accountable, Evernote for note taking [and tons more!] or Remember the Milk for making a daily list. They go together well with the material and can serve as strong companions throughout the day when you are on the move. Finally HABIT STACKING is a continuous process that requires a lot of discipline but, as the book stresses, that discipline doesn’t have to be swallowed in one sitting. Take it day by day, work your small tasks into every minute you have available, and monitor the progress made.
I look forward to building up my HABIT STACKS over the course of the next few months…and far beyond!
On the other hand, the book lists things we can do in a way that is not convincing, mostly because the choices proposed by the author are a bit dull and the amount of time he allows for each activity does not sound right. The sum of what the author proposes (the 97 ideas) would already take you over eight hours a day.
I hope there will be a second edition, with more research, interviews, and more interesting ideas, because on the bottom line, habits are the stuff that we are made of.
I was expecting a bit more than obvious things like:
#1 Drink a large glass of water
#7 Remove distractions before working
#18 Return calls and text messages ("Check for missed calls first. Return your calls in the order they were received. Apologize for missing the call.")
#34 Put loose change in a jar
#46 Make your bed
#51 Throw something away
#69 Practice simple grooming ("Men should groom their facial hair or apply cologne if desired")
#82 Eat nutritious foods
#86 Go outside
Scott admits at the end of the book that most of the things in the book are things we've all heard millions of times before, and that's correct... Which is why I was hoping there would have been a bit more meat to his book than single-page ideas which are more or less common sense.
If you've ever said to yourself "I wish I could read a buzzfeed list in a printed book without the gifs" this is the book for you.
Otherwise... Instead of spending the time reading this book, spend the time doing one of those common sense things you know you should do.