I am a(n):
- Obliger with a Rebel streak too.
- Abundance lover.
- Familiarity Lover.
- Promotion Lover.
- Small stepper.
Ever tried to create a new habit or break an old one? I bet if I sat down to really think about it and was really brutally honest, I try to create new habits every day...and often fail.
Those things I listed about myself above....knowing those things about myself is putting me on a much better, more likely-to-be-successful track to making habits stick everyday. I can thank Gretchen Rubin's new book Better Than Before for that!
I am still reading...and still learning...from the book. But already, I have had a chance to really look at my motivations and my own habits and decision making in order to make the daily adventures of life a little more productive. I am learning that instead of fighting against my personal tendencies, I can use them to make my habits and lists work FOR me.
Some of these tendencies surprised me.......I am planner in my professional life so being a procrastinator, for instance, made me pause. How can I say that I can effectively manage a long planning process as a procrastinator? Well, my creativity comes out against a deadline; that's when I do my best thinking and planning!!
Promotion Lover - I need to see results; I need to hear people acknowledge progress; I need to see that the work I put in is getting my closer to the goal, whatever that goal is. And this doesn't surprise me at all. Another book I love tells me that my love language is spoken - I need to hear things in order for them to be true in my life.
Owl for sure, though with kids, I have learned to be productive in the mornings as well. In fact, as I read this section, I thought "of course I would be a lark....I have three kids so there is no other way to be other than a morning person". I was wrong. When do I do most of my work? When are my most productive hours? After 6pm. Almost as if the sun distracts me and I need it to be dark in order to do what I know needs to be done.
As I get further into this book, I am learning more about habits and how to make them stick. Most of all, I am learning more about how I function...and I am becoming "better than before"!!!
Final verdict.....LOVE this book and I can already see its impact on my daily life.I have pages marked, notes in the margin, and it goes everywhere with me so I can re-read sections as I need reminders.