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- Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NGC8I9E
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The book doesn't have page numbers or chapters. Instead, there's just several headings with a few paragraphs of text following them. I don't know the Author, but he doesn't seem like a very experienced writer. At one point he talks about building a habit of writing every day, even if your writing isn't very good, and I suspect what we're reading might be the end result of such an exercise. Not having page numbers or clear sections for a non-fiction book is inexcusable. That may sound like I'm going too far, but non-fiction books designed to help you self-improve should have structure, and the ramblings of an unproven person with a quirky and eclectic set of tastes doesn't make for useful reading. The entire thing felt like a very long foreword, and I kept waiting to get to the part where we'd buckle down and learn about habit building. The book feels like a random collection of habit-related musings, many of which step over the same territory in slightly different words.
I got excited at the very beginning. I started seeing some habit-related rules. Things like "Never miss a habit twice". I thought "Oh great, we're going to get some guidelines to build habits and hold ourselves accountable". I liked a brief part about chaining habits together so that one triggers the next. I can use that information. But shortly after the first few pages, the rambling began. Talks about healthy food and grass-fed meat, drinking tea every day, etc. I don't need to agree 100% with an author if he's teaching me his methodologies, but by the end of the book the only thing I learned is that this guy has a strange set of values he finds important. I know how he feels about refined carbohydrates and what kind of workout routine he likes, but I'm no closer to building habits around daily exercise or my other goals. Unless he specifically mentions a goal in his book, you won't really learn much about it. Let me re-iterate because this is the most important part: He has not taught me how to build habits. he's mused about habit-building in general, given me a little motivation and told me about all the things that might prevent me from being successful, then he gave me a list of 20-30 habits (like going to bed on time or replacing your pantry with healthier food). This was one long, boring Lifehacker article.
I'm never harsh in a book review. And I noticed that book reviews for self-motivation and productivity are notoriously biased (They're all 5 star reviews because nobody wants to feel like the book failed them. We get pumped up and excited). I cannot remember the last time I read a book along these lines and disliked it so much. Luckily I finished reading in a day, but I feel no more ready to tackle my habit-forming than before I started reading. Such a disappointment and a waste of money/time.
For example, he talks about building a habit of daily meditation. He gives specifics about how to do this. He tells you why you would want to do this from a practical non-"woo woo" perspective. Then he tells you how long you should follow this practice to start to see results. Without that extra info (which is normally left out by other books), I am usually trying something and then dropping it when I don't see results. Or trying something and not knowing what results I should be looking for.
The first half of the book is focused on the skill of building a habit in general, hacks, and pitfalls to watch out for. It's quite good and thorough on the subject. (I've read a number of habit and behavior change books.)
But to me, the second half of the book is the best (though I guess you need the first part to prepare you for the second). The second part is like looking through a list of superpowers and deciding which ones I want to give myself. I was seriously giddy. It's a list of a bunch of different habits that you could build for yourself, why you would want to, how to do it, and what to expect from the results. It's organized by topic with titles in each, so you can skip ones that you already mastered.
Again, great book. I'm already trying this stuff out, and more importantly know when I should be expecting to see results.
For this book about habits, this comes in extremely handy. The second half is all examples of habits Tynan has created for himself and the experience he had with them. If you can identify one or two habits that you also have and see that the experience he describes lines up with your own, it's easy to extend credibility to the entire rest of the book.
That was my experience with this book, and I look forward to creating some great new habits.