Comic by Nathaniel Russell, who sells cool stuff here.
Gretchen Rubin outlined her upcoming book on habit formation, Better Than Before, in 21 sentences, and I’ve been mulling a few of the concepts.
Adopting new habits, making choices automatic, is theoretically the simplest way to improve your life. I know this. But theory is so much more straightforward than practice. Theoretically all of us are lean, patient, well-rested people with flossing habits that would shame Sofia Vergara. (That woman flosses. Look at her.)
A few of the concepts I found appealing:
• Monitoring, “You manage what you monitor, so find a way to monitor whatever matters.”
• Identity, “Your habits reflect your identity, so if you struggle to change a particular habit, re-think your identity.”
• Scheduling, “If it’s on the calendar, it happens.”
Are you trying to change any habits? Or do you think you are who you are, and fighting it is just chugging uphill Sisyphus-style?