Gretchen Rubin wrote two books about happiness, which led to this book that explores how we form and maintain habits.
Rubin proposes that creating habits that allow you to accomplish tasks without having to think about them gives you have more time and energy to concentrate on important work.
She suggests that there are four “tendencies,” which determine how you react to building habits. You can find your tendency by taking this quiz.
Discovering your tendency can be valuable if you’ve been struggling with habits.
Regardless of your tendency, Rubin maintains that habits don’t stick because of a lack of clarity. If you feel ambivalent about a habit, or if it conflicts with how you see yourself, you’re not going to stick with it.
If you see yourself as someone who never finishes things, that’s who you are. If you see yourself as someone who maintains habits, that’s who are. Who do you believe yourself to be?