Better Than Before

Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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"Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives. Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits--as well as change them for good. Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers can take an individualized approach. She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies. Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us. Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt. We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide. With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553551716
Branch Call Number: 1.581 Ru
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 24, 2019

Its an extremely well read audiobook - read by the author (who tend to be poor performers). She divides people into four tendencies (upholder, obliger, rebel, and questioner) and uses this to discuss all sorts of aspects of habits: creating conveniences and inconveniences, conflicts of values, monitoring, how to craft rewards, clarity of actions (specificity, the elimination of further interpretations and decisions), and much more. There are no chapters, its just section after section. The prefatory remarks are important to keep in mind: most of the book is useless to the reader, but one can easily be led astray by thinking that one could give advice or help a friend.

ArapahoeAnna Jun 07, 2017

Rubin devised the “Four Tendencies” framework to describe how a person responds to expectations as Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel. She analyzes the best ways to create, maintain or delete habits for each type of person. If you liked "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, you might like this book too.

Aikomarsi Apr 06, 2017

I agree with the previous reviewer on all points. My only criticism is that I would prefer to have this one in print. I did, however learn plenty that is applicable and I look forward to picking it up in print so that I can truly delve in. (I only listen to my books on tape when driving, so it's hard for a note taker like myself to really apply what I learned without being able to write down what I need to retain).

Jan 13, 2017

This is beautifully written, and a very easy to listen to audio book, read by the author. I couldn't wait to get into the car, just to listen to the audio book. I found useful tips on creating and maintaining new habits, and reasons for why some habits are hard to break or start. My review could go on and on. Overall, very enjoyable!


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Feb 28, 2018

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