Recently I downloaded and read the book “Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less” from Amazon.com. It came for free as a part of Prime Reading, so why not?
I always enjoy a good book, and the book about habit stacking easily caught my attention. It sounded like an easy book to read and since it was for free, why not? It was a real quick read, so if you are a quick reader then you can get through the book in like an hour or so. But, we are not really reading books for the purpose of just reading through the book, are we? When we read a book we hope that it will have some sort of an effect on us, and that was at least why I decided to read “Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less.” The book was written by S.J. Scott and he tries to teach us how to change the quality of our lives with small habits.
What is habit stacking about?
Habit stacking as described my S. J. Scott is not about getting a good habit of going for a 30 minute run every day. Habit stacking is about stacking lots of small habits together and turn them into a daily routine. In that way you can get much more efficient, get more stuff done and be more happy with yourself. Most habits as described in this book for the purpose of stacking them together take from 1 to 5 minutes and that is why you can add several together and turn them into a daily routine. Such a routine should take at most 15 minutes, but can thus consist of 3-8 different habits.
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I read some reviews of the book on habit stacking, and some critizised the author for writing to easy stuff. The first habit described in the book is “drink a glass of water.” Well, that is truly easy, but for some that is a lethal point. I have friends who have a really hard time drinking even 1 liter of water every day, and for them to create a habit of drinking would be so important.
Lots of the other habits described are obvious for some, while they might make a big difference for others. As I read through the first chapter which dealt with habits dealing with productivity I felt quite good. From the first 17 steps I felt as if I already do 16 of those. Dealing with other subjects I did not really feel that good, but I wasn’t feeling as if those habits were habits I really need to implement in my life.
Summary of my short habit stacking review
This is an easy book to read. You might find it to be very basic and simple, but that is just good. Since it is so easy you can take your time to read it, and if this book and habit stacking will make you inspired to create one single routine it has already had a great impact on you. It doesn’t matter if you do not like the book itself. A good learner can learn from everything and anything, and thus this book will for sure be able to teach you and inspire you anyway!
I can not guarantee that the book will be available on Prime Reading for free forever, so make sure to read through the book while it is still there available!