Since habits form the very foundation of our existence (it’s said that almost half the things we do every day we don’t really think about – mad!), making sure that your own habits work in your favor is not only very useful, it’ll make reaching your goals a heck of a lot easier too!
We’ve put together a little list of some really great books that will help you with everything from forming awesome, helpful habits to ensuring that you make the most of your time – we’re giving you our favorites so you don’t have to spend ages on that. You’re getting there already!
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This is a gal who knows exactly how much we do on autopilot every day, and according to this book there’s no need to use our willpower when we want to change something, seeing as we’re capable of programming ourselves to do so many things automatically – you don’t stop to think about what shoe to tie first or how you shake hands with people, right?
Most likely not, so what you have to do when you want a new, good habit is to tap into the habitual part of your mind. A bit too vague? Don’t worry, this book is the result of lots of case studies, experiments and neuroscience and contains a whole bunch of both knowledge and practical tips on how to form habits that will actually stick. Not that vague, after all!
No, there’s not a typo in this title – don’t be silly! There is, however a pun that effectively illustrates the fact that so many of us are being held back by our own worries and justify not having tried to reach our goals with, that’s right, an excuse starting with a but. Big but or small but, don’t let it stand in your way!
The author of this book shares a set of principles that he used to successfully join the NBA despite all odds. Cool, right? He didn’t let any buts stop him, and neither should you! These guidelines are not limited to the world of sports either: they can help you no matter your age or position. So bin those buts, and go kick some butt (yeah, we went there)!
This is, believe it or not, another book that is packed with easy, practical strategies to help you kick your bad habits and replace them with new, awesome ones. You see, if you’re stuck with bad habits it’s not you that is at fault, it’s your system and here’s a new, established, proven system based on science served to you on a silver plate. Would be rude not to have a bite, wouldn’t it?
This goldmine of a book will teach you all about making time for everything that’s important to you and what to do when you’re fresh out of motivation, and it has lots of information on how to adapt your environment so that good habits are easy peasy and bad habits are nearly impossible – and there are lots of true stories to inspire you. Oh, and the New York Times likes it, so it must be pretty rad.
When your to-do list is getting too long and every day seems to dissolve into a big blur of average experiences, this book can help you snap out of your funk in no time – or, rather, in 5 weeks. It has a great program allowing you to gradually change your habits, set and meet your goals and have lots of motivation while doing it. Cool, huh?
It’s packed with research-based techniques and actions that will send your procrastination packing, replacing it with productive, healthy habits. Step by result-oriented step, this book is with you all the way, providing you with both hands-on instructions and exercises as well as support – if that’s not the perfect mix, I don’t know what is.
When wanting to say yes to life, sometimes you don’t necessarily have to start looking at what you do, but rather how you think about what you do. If you’re happier in general then everything seems more fun and it’s so much easier to try new things, right? Right! And since all our thoughts and feelings are really just chemical reactions, why not start with your brain!
Through easy-to-understand advice and loads of exercises, this book teaches you all about how happy chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphin have evolved in your mind and how to set up new electrical circuits and create pathways that make it easier for you to feel happiness and satisfaction. Sounds like some mysterious magic, but no, it’s just science!
If you’re a big fan of learning while interacting – or just like writing things, goals and your progress down – journals are the bomb. My 66-Day Challenge Habit Tracker & Goal Planner lets you examine your habits and their triggers as well as noting down your expectations and reactions to your goals. CBT Good Habit Journal is filled with activities and useful advice and teaches you how to apply CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to your life. Give them a try!
Don’t see fixing your habits as a chore you need to sort out, but rather as a way to bring more excitement and adventure into your life – so try to have fun while you do it! Also, it’s totally fine if you mess up every now and then, these books will help you get right back on track.