Habits are big business. In fact, creating, changing and keeping habits has created an entire multi-billion dollar industry for books, apps, coaching, training and countless products.
And why not, habitual behavior makes up about 90% of how we go through the day whether we are conscious of it or not.
Our habits dictate how much we get done, how we feel, and how we come off to others. So, doesn’t it make logical sense that good habits serve us and bad habits drain us?
Well as many of you surely know it’s not that simple. I mean, well-educated, thinking individuals often know what they “should” do, but still reach for the closest processed junk food they can find. So what’s the answer to forming and keeping the habits that are right for each of us?
My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast is Gretchen Rubin, author of the new book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. She also hosts a podcast called Happier with Gretchen Rubin
One of the things I like most about Rubin’s approach is she starts off by acknowledging that there is no one routine that will work for all. First you have to decide what kind of habit person you are. For example, getting up at 5:30 am is a habit that serves me well. I’m a morning person and I get a ton done before many people have had their first coffee. But, there are those that don’t get the creative juices flowing until around midnight – do you think telling them to get up at 5:30 am is going to work?
Rubin’s book is a great addition for those people who realize life is basically a work in progress!
Back in 2012 I interviewed Charles Duhrigg – author of The Power of Habit, you might like to give it a listen as well.
Questions I ask Gretchen:
- What is it like to be an expert on the topic of happiness?
- What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
- How do you keep a routine while traveling?
What you’ll learn if you give a listen:
- How to be happier by adjusting your daily routines.
- How to form your positive habits based on your personality.
- How legal terms can help you keep to your diet.
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