November 2023

11 Books That Will Help You Create Better Habits

— Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. These are our essential books on building habits.
11 Books That Will Help You Create Better Habits
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You probably admire someone who is hyper-successful. On the surface, they seem to consistently get more done with less stress. The thing is, they don't have any secret sauce or advantage over you. Just better habits.

One example of a habit that consistently sets people apart is their commitment to learning. For self-made billionaire, Charlie Munger, the simple habit of reading is the key to wisdom and success. “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero,” Munger says in author David Clark’s The Tao of Charlie Munger.

Where you are today, both personally and professionally, is the sum of your daily habits. Habits work. They are what allow every successful person to consistently achieve their goals over long periods of time. Changing habits that don’t help you reach your goals are just as important. The habits you make or break today compound over weeks and months until you barely recognise yourself in a year. Compounding is magic—your daily habits create a snowball effect of positive change in your life.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” —James Clear, Atomic Habits

I love this statement because it’s absolutely true. It’s one of those key pieces of wisdom that you can leverage to drastically improve your life once you understand it. Think about your week so far—how's it going? Have you been eating as well as you’d like to? Been stressed or tired? Have you accomplished your new year resolution? These are all the direct results of your daily habits.

A huge chunk of our day is already made up of mindless habits. A 2014 study confirmed that more than 40 per cent of our daily routine is made up of unconscious habits. These habits make sure we don't have to make millions of small decisions about when to brush your teeth, what media to consume, and whether or not we exercise.

But what about the other 60%? If you know that flossing is good for you, then why is it so hard to build it into an everyday habit? And why is it so hard to shake a bad habit? Research reveals that your willpower wears out throughout the day the more you use it, just like a muscle. Motivation is inconsistent and comes and goes—a phenomenon that BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, calls the “motivation wave”. In a recent New York Times article, Fogg explains that “big behavior changes require a high level of motivation that often can’t be sustained.”

This explains why you have such a hard time breaking habits or why it is much harder to build up the motivation to go for a 5km run after a long day. Your motivation muscle is worn out. Your intention may be to go for a run daily, but your habits do not support this goal, leaving you vulnerable to your dwindling, piss-weak willpower.

One way to overcome this is to learn to engage your habitual mind versus your intentional mind. Instead of relying on your motivation to go for a 5km run at 6pm, start smaller and carve out time every morning to go for a 10-minute quick jog while your motivation muscle is strongest.

Make change as easy as possible. It doesn’t matter if you miss a day, even the top performers do. Just get back on track and try not to miss two days in a row, something Matt D'Avella creatively labels “The Two Day Rule”. As you string these small wins together, your motivation and willpower will grow with your fitness and in no time it becomes a habit. Just something you do every day without thinking too much about (like brushing your teeth). You can apply this to anything in life. One per cent improvements add up surprisingly fast.

I’m still mastering the art of building good habits in my life but I’ve found this approach particularly useful, even with breaking old habits. I’ve found that habits that involve instant gratification are easiest, like studying to learn a new skill daily. While habits with mid-long term result are much harder to make establish (I’ve tried and failed to meditate daily half a dozen times now).

This brings us to the very first list on Good Books. Human behavioural science has come a long way since Stephen Covey’s phenomenal The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These are the new must read books on how to build better habits and to break bad habits, even if you’re not a reader. Few books have had as much of an impact on my life than Cal Newport’s Deep Work or James Clear’s Atomic Habits—focus and habitual behaviour are a powerful force multiplier. The books on this list will help you to think through what you want to achieve and how to build good habits to get you there.

Atomic Habits is a useful book. It’s actionable, practical and written in clear and precise no-bullshit prose. One of the key themes throughout Atomic Habits is automating your life, the idea that "You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems."

James Clear takes you through the psychological, scientific, and anecdotal evidence of habit formation, with practical examples and tips to help you create a new habit or eliminate a bad one. He focuses on the small wins—making 1% improvements every day that form the foundations of a good habit. Over time, these small improvements become the architect of our lives.

“An Atomic Habit is a tiny habit or change that can have an enormous impact on your life. Getting up a little earlier, deleting social media from your phone, automating your savings, developing a system, these are atomic habits. Me personally, I don’t feel like I am particularly talented or even that disciplined, but I have a number of atomic habits that I started early on that have had a massive compounding benefit. My blurb of this one: “A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life.”Ryan Holiday, author of Stillness is the Key

Our favourite quote from Atomic Habits

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:

  • make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
  • overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
  • design your environment to make success easier;
  • get back on track when you fall off course;
  • ...and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

Few books have been as transformative for me as Cal Newport’s Deep Work. In an attention-deficit economy, we have lost our ability to focus and solve complex problems. As more companies embrace open offices, Slack, work-from-home policies and move towards building a remote team, our attention spans are only getting shorter.

When was the last time you were able to focus on one task, uninterrupted, for just 60 minutes? Or when was the last time you managed to “get some real work done”? In the first half of the book, Cal’s explains why deep work is so valuable and increasingly rare in today’s attention-deficit economy. Shallow work, on the other hand, is made up of non-cognitively demanding tasks that can be performed while semi-distracted. These jobs (and workers) are easily replicated and it’s a race-to-the-bottom for your career.

The ability to work deeply is perhaps the most valuable skill you can learn. It’s a skill that can be sharpened, practised, and leveraged in every aspect of your life. To master deep work, you can focus not just on “getting things done” but on “getting valuable things done” in less time.

Jason Fried’s company, 37signals (now Basecamp), was an early proponent of the value of deep work, cutting their employees’ workday to 4-days in 2012 and increasing productivity in parallel by promoting a distraction-free environment. More recently, Microsoft tested a 4-day workweek in Japan that led to a 40% increase in productivity by reducing distracting meetings, emails and “shallow” work.

In the 1980s, Bill Gates famously adopted his own "think weeks" where he spends two weeks alone in the forest twice a year. It is reported that he never missed these periods of deep work, no matter what was going on at Microsoft. Gates understands the value of Deep Work.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work will teach you practical steps to fight for more deep work in your life and to focus on what’s important. Read this book and then listen to the audiobook—make it still and it will instil positive changes in your career, habits and life.

“Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don’t need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes.”Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Our favourite quote from Deep Work

If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories -- from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air -- and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

You’ll find The Power of Habit on almost every productivity list and for good reason. Written in 2014 by award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg, it explains how our habits are formed and broken in an intelligent model that is understandable, sharp, and useful. Duhigg provides practical strategies and techniques backed by psychology, research, and real-life examples.

If you’re interested in learning how your brain is wired and why some habits fail and succeed, this book is a fascinating eye-opener. It will kick-start a different thinking process around habits and how you see your everyday actions.

“You’ll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way.” —Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

Our favourite quote from The Power of Habit

Change might not be fast and it isn't always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.

Charles Duhigg, an award-winning business reporter, brings us to the cutting edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they may be modified in The Power of Habit. Duhigg delivers a whole new perspective of human nature and its possibilities by distilling massive amounts of information into compelling narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights struggle. The Power of Habit is built on an energizing argument: understanding how habits work is the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, becoming more productive, and attaining success. As Duhigg demonstrates, we can improve our businesses, communities, and lives by embracing this new science.

Often we get caught up in the busyness of life and lose focus on the things we want to do. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is a book that I think everyone should read. Essentialism clears your judgement and gives you permission to focus on what really matters instead of trying to do everything. 

Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”Greg McKeown, Essentialism

In applying McKeown’s advice and defining strict criteria for what is essential in your life, you’ll reclaim invaluable time, energy and focus. McKeown calls this “the disciplined pursuit of less.”

“Entrepreneurs succeed when they say “yes” to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying “no” to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of The Start-up of You

Our favourite quote from Essentialism

Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?

Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?

Are you often busy but not productive?

Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism  is a movement whose time has come.

When you ever take on a huge project that seems insurmountable, the first thing to do is to break it down into small steps and to just get started. Over time, these small steps can either build momentum into something great, or they can wear you down until you lose sight of the end goal and lose your motivation. This is a trap even the best operators fall into.

“We’ve been conditioned by society to believe in the effectiveness of a great display of massive effort.” — Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

This book is a great primer on habit formation and will teach you to embrace the power of small steps. The tiny choices you make every day and the discipline you learn will lead to massive accomplishments over time. This is the beauty of compounding and you can apply it to any aspect of your life, career, finances or fitness.

Small, smart choices + consistency + time = radical difference.

Our favourite quote from The Compound Effect

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.

I approached Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism as the sequel to his hugely impactful Deep Work. It’s the synthesis of Cal’s learnings over the three years since Deep Work was published and is a timely cultural critique on our reliance on technology and a practical guide to regaining control of our attention.

Deep Work is perhaps the most valuable skill you can learn and leverage in our attention-deficit society. In Digital Minimalism, Newport makes an unsettlingly strong case for how and why we should be reducing our use of technology (in particular, social media), and why we need to be more specific and careful about our use.

Digital Minimalism is a philosophy that will teach you where to draw the line and how to focus this energy and attention on what matters instead; your goals and quality of life. Time off our digital devices is the key to living a focused life in a noisy world.

“A manifesto of great practical import for our modern age….I estimate that [my interview with Cal] rates among the most consequential conversations I’ve had in the 6+ year history of this podcast.” Rich Roll, host of the Rich Roll Podcast, author of Finding Ultra

Our favourite quote from Digital Minimalism

The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children. Because, let’s face it, checking your “likes” is the new smoking.

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don't feel overwhelmed by it. They don't experience "fear of missing out" because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.

Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.

A Poor Richard's Almanack for the 21st century, Tools of Titans is an invaluable resource of advice, habits and philosophies from top performers around the world. More than just a compilation of lifehacks (you should inherently distrust anybody who tells you there is a shortcut to success), this book is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best. Weighing in at 707-pages, it’s one of the most highly-recommended books on this site and is the result of years interviewing people who are considered the best in their fields.

We all have much to learn and improve in our lives, and it’s a commitment to life-long learning that will be the true differentiator over time. This book is filled with lessons worth learning. If you can apply the lessons, principles and philosophies within this book to your own life, you can stand on the shoulders of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers.

In Tim’s own words:

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.” Tim Ferriss, Tools of Titans
“What I loved about Tools of Titans is that it distils key tactics, routines and habits of the ultra-successful in actionable ways that anyone can take advantage of.” Tony Robbins, author of Unshakeable

Our favourite quote from Tools of Titans

The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.

“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.

“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?

“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.

“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

Grit, as defined by author Angela Duckworth, is the combination of passion and perseverance towards long-term goals. According to Duckworth, grit matters more than talent in the long-run and is a predictor of success measured in success stories.

We’d like to believe in hard work more than in talent, but we’re conditioned to believe in the opposite. Grit describes what goes into incredible personal achievements across various fields and what you can do to cultivate it in your own life. Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.

“With a mix of masterful storytelling and the latest science, she shows that perseverance and passion matter at least as much as talent and intelligence. And far from simply urging us to work harder for the sake of working harder, Grit offers a truly sane perspective: that true success comes when we devote ourselves to endeavors that give us joy and purpose.” Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

Our favourite quote from Grit

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory.

Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference.

Most of what we know about motivation is wrong. In Drive, Daniel Pink reveals how the carrot-and-stick approach of rewarding “good” behaviour and punishing “bad” behaviour is now the old-school notion of motivation and no longer relevant in today’s world. Once our basic hierarchy of needs are met, we’re actually more motivated by our desire for Mastery, a sense of Autonomy, and a driving Purpose.

Pink draws on four decades of scientific research and understanding of what really drives us, with practical advice on how to build a framework around the rewards mechanism. In Drive, you’ll learn how to realise and harness your innate drive to sharpen your habits and productivity.

Our favourite quote from Drive

Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one's sights and pushing toward the horizon.

The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation from the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing is a great primer on goal-setting, focus and discipline. If you only take one thing from this book, the question you need to ask for everything is simple and deceptively powerful:

“What’s the ONE thing I can do, such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary?”

Throughout The ONE Thing, Keller emphasises heavily the value of the 80/20 or Pareto principle in getting to what you want in life. This is also an underlying theme in Tim FerrissThe 4-Hour Workweek. Both of these books teach you to live a disciplined life focused on the most important things, and to ignore the trivial distractions. Pareto’s law of 80% of outputs are driven by 20% of inputs is a predictable law of nature, not just an interesting theory. One of my favourite quotes from this book reads like a modern-day Chinese proverb:

“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” —Gary Keller, The ONE Thing

Our favourite quote from The ONE Thing

Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls-- family, health, friends, integrity-- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.

People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending for their members.

By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress.

AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Tiny Habits is a recently published book from Stanford Professor BJ Fogg, who focuses on behavioural research that will improve people’s lives. Tiny Habits is based on 20 years of research and Fogg’s experience coaching over 40,000 people on how to create a happier, healthier life through habit formation.

Unlike many books on the subject, Fogg’s advice is not just a summary of previous methods; it is a mix of modern behavioural science, psychology, and Fogg’s own proprietary strategies and method. Tiny Habits is the 21-st century approach to forming better habits and making them stick.

“Deeply researched and highly practical, this book will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in changing their behavior (that is, all of us).”Gretchen Rubin, author of Outer Order, Inner Calm

Our favourite quote from Tiny Habits

So many frustrating family dynamics and workplace dramas erupt because of the misplaced belief that manipulation motivation is the key to changing behavior. But now you know that simplicity is what reliably changes behavior.

The world’s leading expert on habit formation shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small.

When it comes to change, TINY IS MIGHTY. Start with two pushups a day, not a two-hour workout; or five deep breaths each morning rather than an hour of meditation. In TINY HABITS, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice.  You just need Fogg’s behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding. Whenever you get in your car, take one yoga breath. Smile.  Whenever you get in bed, turn off your phone. Give yourself a high five.  

Change can be easy—once it starts, it grows.  Let B.J. Fogg show you exactly how.

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