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Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499341474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499341478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (544 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must admit I bought this book because of the good reviews. I am very much a "I can always improve" or "do it better" kinda girl so I look for inspiration in books, blogs, audio etc. So I hungrily bought the 9 Small Life Changes....

Now that I have read it....I am ANGRY. What a waste of money!

I found the idea of HABIT STACKING interesting, but his list in the last half of the book how to make these small changes was insulting. I you are looking for a "process book" this is not it.

Here are 5 of Mr. Scott's "small life changes" that just irked me:

#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.....
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This "book" is essentially just a long list of one-page ideas to improve your life. The "habits" begin on page 27, and end on page 102. The book itself is just 125 pages, making each of the "habits" about one page long each.

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.
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if you are a thinking person, everything in this book will be common knowledge. There isn't anything new here to learn. The ideas presented are not bad, but things like "brush your teeth" don't require spending money to know they are good habits.

I can sum up this book for you with this statement, "when building habits keep them small and simple so they are fast and easy to accomplish." The rest of the book is 97 examples of habits that most of us already do or know about.

Save your money.
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I have read a number of S.J. Scott's books and can say that his advice is simple, down-to-Earth and immediately applicable. His book "Writing Habits Mastery" about mastering time and productivity for writing has helped my writing career specifically.

In contrast THIS book should help people to improve multiple categories of life.

The premise is that "Big doors swing on little hinges", meaning that small changes can produce life changing benefits. Rather than the narrow definition of success of researching, writing, or editing X number of words per day, S.J. includes checklists, benchmarks, and suggestions for SEVEN whole CATEGORIES of life:

Productivity;
Relationships;
Finances;
Organization;
Spirituality;
Health and Physical FItness;
Leisure.

It's rare that I read a book in a single sitting. But I downloaded this at 5:00 am local time and am now writing this review at about 8:00. It's a page-turner and an eye-opener.

Best takeaway from the book: 5 minutes is enough to change your life if you decide to make a consistent habit of doing something purposeful daily with that five minutes. DO this in one category and you'll find it easy enough to add another. Try to "overhaul" your entire life with lofty goals and several big changes all at once and you'll likely fail.

Five stars, baby. Thanks S.J. for a perfect companion to Writing Habit Mastery.
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Mr. Scott has created a valuable resource that will enable readers to accomplish their short- and long-term goals. This book explains how you can substantially alter the course of your life by incrementally introducing small habits that take five minutes or less.One of my favorite sections is 8 Steps for Building a Habit Stacking Routine, because it empowered me to use the template to make changes that are relevant to my life. I also like the links to additional resources throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about increasing their productivity, improving their health and relationships.
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Because of some health issues, I often feel overwhelmed by everything that needs doing. If a task takes a lot of time or a lot of effort I will put it off until I feel better. Needless to say, that's a good way to make most things even harder to do when I finally get around to it. But, Mr. Scott's book helped me see how easy it is to accomplish a great deal by simply doing a few little things consistently (Habit Stacking).
I enjoy books by S.J. Scott, because they are written in such a clear and concise manner. He explains and gives examples, but doesn't bore you with needless junk.
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