Effective Communications, Goal Planning, Time Management, Prioritization. These are skills at the heart of sustainable leadership. Not because they exist from time to time but because they are habits of effective leaders, they exist repetitively and are consistent over time. That is the idea behind “Better Than Before” by Gretchen Rubin. While drawing upon the latest research, she also uses herself as her own study to see and feel firsthand what it takes to set and make something a habit.
My favorite chapter is titled, “Nothing Stays in Vegas: Loophole Spotting” where she talks about the loopholes we rationalize our inability to maintain a habit. She pretty much covers nearly all the reasons why people procrastinate and I recognized a few of them from working with my own clients. In that same vein, my other favorite chapter is titled, “Someone’s Watching: Accountability” which clearly speaks to the value of enlisting the help of others to help you create new, more successful habits.
Enjoy the Book!