The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg ★★★★★

A good one about self-discipline, keystone habits and the importance of small wins.


When a computer chimes or a smartphone vibrates with a new message, the brain starts anticipating the momentary distraction that opening an email provides. That expectation, if unsatisfied, can build until a meeting is filled with antsy executives checking their buzzing BlackBerrys under the table, even if they know it’s probably only their latest fantasy football results.

You Can’t Extinguish a Bad Habit, You Can Only Change It.

people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work.