I spied this book in the “Read Now” section of my local library and grabbed it in a heartbeat. While I have not followed Gretchen Rubin’s work extensively, I have known that she is a credible author, whose writings resonate with me. Better Than Before is a book on habit forming, a topic that is close to my heart and one that I struggle with all the time.
I relished the first half of the book. Gretchen makes a convincing case for cultivating habits. By doing something over and over, you free up mental space and valuable time that is spent on decision making. She then gives a framework that she calls Tendencies – four kinds of personalities in the context of habit formation. Know your Tendency and apply some helpful strategies that she provides in the second half of the book.
I loved the honesty in her writing. I liked how she does not take the one-size-fits-all approach instead encourages you to delve deeper, figure yourself and your values. I also like that the book is primarily based on personal experiences rather than studies based. If you are someone interested in cultivating a new habit or want to get rid of an old habit, this books is worth a shot!