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A friend of mine Lori Hammond recommended this book, I'm 75 and enjoy reading anything about mind changing. Well I have been educated within the 1st chapter, we're in lock down due to covid19 so needed a little distraction, try 2 press ups after you visit the bathroom well at my age its frequent, I tried it not easy so I tried easy press ups (kneeling) managed them, got to about 20 a day easy! 8 weeks later I'm at 250 a day feeling fantastic and enjoying doing them. This alone was so worth buying the book, so much more to learn from Dr Fogg.
Since purchasing this book I have read it through twice and have created my own tiny habits which are now ingrained into my daily routine. I have also benefitted from the free 5-day email training programme, which reinforced my understanding of the Tiny Habits methodology/process.
The book has been written in a very easy to follow manner and is not written in a typical academic format. In the 10 chapters + Appendixes there are pictures and flow charts to help you navigate through the Fogg Behaviour Model and the process of Behaviour Design. BJ Fogg has over 10 years of research to back up his model and has trained 1000's of people worldwide in the Tiny Habits method of behaviour design.
There are other books out there that talk about creating habits which have been published before this one and have gained a lot of interest in the press. Don't be fooled - this is not just another book on habits. This book has been written by the leading-light at the forefront of behaviour design research.
In sum, this is the best book that I've read and digested in a long time. Bravo BJ Fogg.
As a behavior change consultant, this was the most anticipated book of my career. I've found BJ's work to be transformative. Having a systematic approach to creating long-term change is a game changer.
The book packs decades of research and tens of thousands of hours of reflection into one digestible volume. I use tiny habits in every aspect of my life, from getting more exercise outside of work to helping people with diabetes manage their illness.
Buy it, read it, digest it, apply it, and teach it to someone else. It'll make your life (and theirs) a whole lot simpler and more fulfilling.
Dr Fogg is master on this subject - Tiny Habit and behavior change.
One great thing about the book is the presentation - it is so well organized, well thought about sections, short tips, fonts & formatting. You rarely see such a lovely presentation. It keeps the excitement intact.
Marjorie and I decided to invest in this book as we were considering, now that we are retired, to spend our time more wisely. Marje particularly wanted to develop new habits regarding her appearance- which, between you and me has considerably deteriorated over the year- and I wanted to take steps to improve my not inconsiderable weight and penchance for Brie. It is with deep regret that depaite being inconsolably ecstatic upon receiving the book neither of us expected so many papers. Neither of us are avid readers - our limit is usually 200 words per day - at max. To cut a huge story short - like the book should have done- we never got past page 10. I told Marje that reading the contents page was unnecessary but she isn't one for listening to me. Anyway, the awful truth is.Marje fell into a deep depression feeling that in some way she had failed again in her attempts at self improvement. I took to the chocolates. We are now live separately.
First off, my wife has pointed out that I'm reading a book that I think shines a light on behaviours by a Dr FOGg.
So, I've just been reading another review, 3 stars by someone who I think posted their review 1/3 way through the book. I had ummed and ahhed about getting this particular book rather than others on habits and eventually I think after reading that other person's middling review, kind of thought argh it's less than £10 for gooness sake let's just buy it and see.
I'm only about a tenth of the way through the book and I really like the simplicity, and the power of that simiplicity (there is victory in surrender, take easy but do it (phrases I've picked up elsewhere, not from the book)) that I've found so far. I have already established about 5 'tiny habits', positive ones obviously, and I have also, and the book hasn't even reached this point yet, started making inroads into one negative habit I want to get rid of.
So yes, very pleased so far and wanted to share the good news sooner rather than later.
The systems in this book are so simplistic that it's crazy how no one thought of it before - a bit like natural selection.
The structure of the book is to give you some information then give you some exercises to try out in order to cement the knowledge in your brain. I highly recommend doing these exercises.
Since reading this book I have developed consistent habits and still going after a month. Consistent bedtime, sleeping habits, morning and evening routine, flossing twice daily. I've gone from unemployed for years to having a job, and I'm sure this book helped.
It's really empowering to have these tools.
Atomic Habits is a similar book, but has slight differences. I'd recommend reading them both. I'd say this one is if you like to visualise things more.
This book isn't perfect. BJ Fogg's constant egotism is a bit irritating "I discovered this, I thought this up, ME ME ME ME ME, look at me I'm so cool everyone wants my knowledge, my students went on to develop Instagram" just shut up mate, I want the information not the braggery. It's almost as if he rushed this out after Atomic Habits to make sure he'd be recognised for all his work (though in truth I don't know which came out first) and as a result you can hear how badly he wants the street cred.
The copy I received was warped and and a cut through several pages which was really annoying but amazon let me return it and I bought another copy from them which is pristine.
There is a section for using this stuff in a business setting which I can understand would appeal to some people but I found it terribly tedious and had to skip it.
I'd definitely recommend giving this a read to take control of your life and behaviour.
He uses anecdotes from his friends to justify that his method works. I think it would be better to address the opposing positions more thoroughly, and hear expert opinions, and also address more the pro's of the opposing sides. He also uses made-up theoretical graphs to explain his concept, but I would prefer some kind of real data, scientific, some information about hormones or observations with successful athletes; both for his position and the best of opposing viewpoints.
If you're looking for "the way", this isn't it. It is "a way", and will probably work for some people. If you are anything like me, the only way this can work is to take it to the extreme. There is no point having like 10 habits that you want to celebrate after, because it is too much to remember. Have just one to focus on that you persist with, otherwise you get kind of lost.
I also found the exercises at the end of each chapter quite annoying, I have enough trouble wading through the excessively optimistic and pseudo-ecstatic style of language to put up with following orders like I'm on a treasure hunt after every chapter. And it sort of shows that he doesn't really believe in his own method, because he doesn't ask you to do just one thing, he wants you to go on a camp merry-go-round for 2 hours after every chapter to get to his level.
The problem I have with this is that I have fond memories of pushing myself beyond my limits, to the point of near cardiac arrest, and I have found nothing more ecstatic, and nothing has made me more proud or desiring to repeat my efforts than memories of these events. Would I go to a kettlebell workout with Dr Fogg and do just 1 rep? I think, do it until you collapse or die, and you will find the hormones of your body reward you x1000 whatever any number of fake celebrations can do in a lifetime.
To summarise, this is an important concept, and best as a auxiliary method in training or self-improvement, but ultimately I think it is misguided and poorly justified in the book.
first i put 3 stars, but then i realised that i am just a negative nancy, and that actually, the "blitzing your room" instruction to clean it (he calls it something else) is so effective that it deserves a higher rating
Considered again. It is not that good a book so 3/5.
Dieses Buch ist wirklich lebensverändernd. Ich lese es gerade zum zweiten Mal, und es ist wahnsinnig gut recherchiert, wissenschaftlich und trotzdem einfach und motivierend geschrieben. Ich habe mich davor schon mit dem Thema Gewohnheiten beschäftigt, aber PJ Foggs Ansatz war für mich neu und der erste, der für mich wirklich funktioniert und mir jetzt schon geholfen hat, einige neue und positive Gewohnheiten in meinen Alltag zu integrieren. Riesige Empfehlung!
This book it delivers what it promises. It gives a clear explanation on how we can make things happen through tiny habits. The keys are easy understood how to unlock doors that leads us to make changes more easily. As it states “when you make something simple and easy to do, you’re much more likely to actually do it”. I have already started to see why it works through building few daily habits that I kept failing in the past. This book it delivers what it promises. It gives a clear explanation on how we can make things happen through tiny habits. The keys are easy understood how to unlock doors that leads us to make changes more easily. As it states “when you make something simple and easy to do, you’re much more likely to actually do it”. I've already started seeing why it works by building some daily habits that I've continued to fail in the past.