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Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before – Productivity Book Group

Productivity Book Group [ http://productivitybookgroup.org ] discussed Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives [ http://amzn.to/1OQLjKy ] by Gretchen Rubin. Enjoy the discussion!

The Amazon book description states:

The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? 

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?

Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Beforeexplains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.

Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:
• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
• How quickly can I change a habit?
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
• How can I help someone else change a habit?
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

Our next reading selections are:

Make It Stick - Productivity Book Group

Show Notes:

(Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)


The callers you hear in this episode are readers just like you, and you are more than welcome to join us on the live calls to discuss productivity books too! Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls. If you plan to read ahead or read a little more slowly, please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

Please feel free to visit iTunes, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.


Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.

Perfect Time-Based Productivity - Francis Wade - Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series

Perfect Time-Based Productivity by Francis Wade – Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series

Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series is an opportunity to learn about new and interesting productivity books and authors. I’ll be interviewing some of the authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group as well as other authors. These shorter podcast interviews will be injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Francis Wade, author of Perfect Time-Based Productivity [ http://amzn.to/1R77toe ]. Francis Wade, author of two productivity books, Perfect Time-Based Productivity and Bill’s IM-Perfect Time Management Adventure, alumnus of AT&T Bell Labs, 20+ year entrepreneur, newspaper columnist, recovering triathlete, avid reader and lover of all things personal improvement.

Enjoy the interview!

The Amazon book description states:

More demands on your time – that’s just a fact of modern life. You may be doing the job of more than one person and facing an onslaught of information, only to realize that ubiquitous, 24-7 technology has only made things worse. How do you stay ahead of the expectation that you should be able to meet all your obligations, old and new? In the face of these increasing pressures, what do you need to do to maintain your peace of mind? This book is primarily written for productive professionals who have already found a way to achieve positive results.

While the book has lots of specific, practical suggestions for new behaviors, at its heart is a four step approach that preserves and builds on the advances that you, as a professional, have already made in your career:

Step 1> Evaluate your current skills against best-in-class standards, discovering strengths and improvement opportunities.

Step 2> Set realistic targets for new behaviors that meet your unique, evolving needs.

Step 3> Create a personalized plan from these new targets that allow you enough time to succeed, by taking small steps.

Step 4> Craft your own habit change support environment.

By the end of the book you will have completed these steps many times, giving you an easy way to improve any skill that’s important to your peace of mind.

Our next reading selections are:

Our next Productivity Book Group reading discussion will be on Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. That live discussion call will take place on March 26, 2016. Full details are available at productivitybookgroup.org by clicking on “Upcoming Books.”

Better Than Before - Productivity Book Group

Show Notes:

(Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)


Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls; check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

Please feel free to visit iTunes, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.


Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.

The 4-Hour WorkWeek (Updated and Expanded) by Timothy Ferriss – Productivity Book Group

Productivity Book Group [ http://productivitybookgroup.org ] discussed The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich [ http://amzn.to/1nzHvMq ] by Timothy Ferriss.

We had a critical look at the book and its “framework” and all of us on the call came to the same conclusion: it has holes as a cohesive system for the “everyman,” it’s definitely worth reading, and there are many nuggets of productivity wisdom that were summarized here in the book that can be applicable to anyone.

Enjoy the discussion!

The Amazon book description states:

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
•How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week
•How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
•How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
•How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
•How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal
•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

Our next reading selections are:

Our next Productivity Book Group reading discussion will be about Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives [ http://amzn.to/1OQLjKy ] by Gretchen Rubin. That live discussion call will take place on March 26, 2016 at noon Eastern. Full details are available by clicking on Upcoming Books.

Better Than Before - Productivity Book Group

Make It Stick - Productivity Book Group

Show Notes:

(Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)


The callers you hear in this episode are readers just like you, and you are more than welcome to join us on the live calls to discuss productivity books too! Please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and find out the details and the schedule for upcoming book discussion calls. If you plan to read ahead or read a little more slowly, please visit ProductivityBookGroup.org and check out the schedule on the “Upcoming Books” page.

Please feel free to visit iTunes, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.


Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.

The Prolific book series by Nametag Scott Ginsberg

Prolific: The Art & Science of Creating, Collecting and Communicating Your Ideas by Nametag Scott Ginsberg – Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series

Nametag Scott Ginsberg
Courtesy: HelloMyNameIsScott.com

I recently had the pleasure of having on the show with me, “Nametag Scott” Ginsberg, author, speaker, strategist, filmmaker, publisher, songwriter, and world record holder of wearing nametags. We discussed his Prolific book trilogy on this episode:

Enjoy the interview!

Productivity Book Group Author Interview Series brings discussion participants, readers, and listeners of the podcast into contact with new and interesting productivity books and authors. I’ll be interviewing authors that we have read or will be reading here on Productivity Book Group, as well as other authors I find worth sharing with you all. These podcast interviews are injected between our normal discussion-format episodes that are published here on Productivity Book Group.

The Amazon book descriptions:

Prolific

How do you stay inspired when your job is to inspire others? When your work demands a consistent volume of idea creation, originality of voice is difficult to sustain over time. But what if you could create a unique inspiration pool that nobody else could replicate? What if you could build a system of rituals, practices and environments so new ideas flow as a natural consequence of your life? What if you could leverage identity and technology to establish a unique creative voice and a robust body of work? You would be become prolific. That’s the adjective people have always used to describe me. Prolific. Imagine The Artist’s Way meets Getting Things Done meets Behind the Music. That’s the best way to describe the book you’re about to read. And my goal is that this informative, engaging and inspiring program changes the way you think about the way you think. It’s more than just a collection of exercises; it’s a rubric for operable behaviors at all stages and levels of the creative process. Here’s what will you learn in this program: How to eliminate creative blocks for life with daily routines, rituals, postures and disciplines. How to create rigor around your intellectual property and knowledge management with and infrastructure and machinery to help kick things out. How to build a personalized content management system for capturing, cataloguing and communicating your thoughts and feelings. How to more fully flesh out your thoughts and messages for maximum impact. How to strategically publish and position your body of work as a crafter of compelling content. How to rewrite your creative vocabulary with a new lexicon of working. It’s the art and science of collecting, creating and communicating your ideas. Let’s get prolific.

When in Doubt, Create

All creativity begins with the moment of conception. That little piece of kindling that gets the fire going. That initial source of inspiration that takes on a life of its own. That single note from which the entire symphony grows. That single spark of life that signals an idea’s movement value, almost screaming to us, something wants to be built here. This book is a series of creativity case studies,, deconstructing my favorite moments of conception from popular movies. Each chapter contains a scene from a different film, along with a series of lessons we can learn from the characters.Go be prolific!

When in Doubt, Commit

All creativity begins with the moment of conception. That little piece of kindling that gets the fire going. That initial source of inspiration that takes on a life of its own. That single note from which the entire symphony grows. That single spark of life that signals an idea’s movement value, almost screaming to us, something wants to be built here. This book is a series of creativity case studies, deconstructing my favorite moments of conception from popular movies. Each chapter contains a scene from a different film, along with a series of lessons we can learn from the characters. Go be prolific!

Our next reading selections are:

Our next Productivity Book Group reading discussion will be on The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), by Tim Ferriss. That live discussion call will take place on February 27, 2016. Full details are available at productivitybookgroup.org by clicking on “Upcoming Books.”

After that, we are reading then discussing Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin on March 26, 2016.

If you haven’t heard prior episodes, we have the Financial Productivity Challenge currently running so if you’re interested in getting financially fit this year, please head over to Productivity Book Group’s website and click on the Financial Productivity Challenge link for full details.

The 4-Hour Workweek - Productivity Book Group Better Than Before - Productivity Book Group

Show Notes:

(Please listen to understand the context of the resources provided. If we missed something, please comment on the episode and let us know!)


Please feel free to visit iTunes, Stitcher or whichever podcast directory or app you prefer to access Productivity Book Group…and feel free to review us there! This helps expand our readership and bring new discussion callers into the fold. Thank you.

Finally, all podcast episodes are archived at ProductivityBookGroup.org under “Episodes” so if you missed a call and/or interview and want to review it, feel free to head over and give them a listen.


Note: All registered service marks, trademarks and other copyrighted materials mentioned on the podcast are that of their respective owners. This group is not affiliated with or officially endorsed by those copyright owners.