• Habit Stacking

  • 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less
  • By: S.J. Scott
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-24-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: S.J. Scott
  • 4 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover: How to add dozens of positive changes to your daily routine

Want to improve your life, but don't have enough time? Right now you could easily think of a dozen ways to instantly improve your life. Odds are, these ideas will only take a few minutes apiece to complete. The problem? You might feel like there's not enough time to do all of them. One solution can be found using the power of "habit stacking."

One Routine and Multiple Habits = Habit Stacking

We all know it's not easy to add dozens of new habits to your day. But what you might not realize is it's fairly easy to build a single new routine. The essence of habit stacking is to take a series of small changes (like eating a piece of fruit or sending a loving text message to your significant other) and build a ritual that you follow on a daily basis.

Habit stacking works because you eliminate the stress of trying to change too many things at once. Your goal is to simply focus on a single routine that only takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Within this routine is a series of actions (or small changes). All you have to do is to create a checklist and follow it every single day. That's the essence of habit stacking.

In the book Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes Or Less, you will discover 97 quick habits that can instantly improve your life. Plus you'll discover how to create a simple routine (managed by a checklist) that you repeat on a daily basis. Even better, you'll discover a few tools that will keep you motivated and consistent. So even if you're completely stressed out, you'll still find the time and energy to complete these actions on a consistent basis.

By completing dozens of small habits on a daily basis, you'll be able to make giant leaps forward in your business, strengthen your personal relationships, stay on top of your finances, get organized and improve your health.

©2014 S.J. Scott (P)2014 S.J. Scott

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  • Debbie
  • United States
  • 07-28-14

The Title is the Book

What did you like best about Habit Stacking? What did you like least?

The point. The examples were tedious and trite. The idea of combining actions that are of a short duration, into clumps or groups develops a mini routine. Routines are beneficial. One example he uses I do. The first thing I do is make the bed. Now I see it would be easy to add on another five minute task to be performed immediately after it. When that becomes mindless, add another one. Maybe as many as five. But at least three. For that particular grouping. That is habit stacking. That is a good idea. It would be a painless way to develop more routines and habits beneficial to clearing my head and time management. Nothing about the book goes on to make any other point. So really one just needs to think about the title. What habit-stacking could possibly be.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was also somewhat tedious. Not the most pleasing voice ever.

Did Habit Stacking inspire you to do anything?

Yes, I am going to floss and brush my teeth before I have coffee. Immediately after I make the bed. I am going to empty the dishwasher while the coffee is being made. Now I have stacked two more habits onto the existing routine I established of immediately making my bed. None of his other examples were beneficial to me. But the idea is. And I can create other habits stacks.

Any additional comments?

I think it was worth the few dollars it cost to buy the book and I listened to a little bit more than half of it. And I don't regret it.

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Great ideas, audio version is missing the list

What made the experience of listening to Habit Stacking the most enjoyable?

I liked the concept. Build several small quick habits into a routine or add new habits to already existing routines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

What about Greg Zarcone’s performance did you like?

He did a good job. Material didn't lend itself to dramatic reading and fortunately he didn't try.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just eye opening. Instead of trying to remember 3-7 new habits, create a routine of them and learn the 1 routine.

Any additional comments?

This suffers from the same lack that many self-help books have in audio format. Lack of supporting or reference material. If I bought the book instead of the audio and I wanted to reference back to the suggestions he had for productivity habits, I'd open to the book to that page. Since I mainly listen while driving and walking, getting out a pen and writing 97 suggestions down doesn't work. I won't use all or even most of his 97 habits, but there were a few that caught my attention, until they were drown out by the next several suggestions.

He even gives a website to go, where he posted the links and references to the tools/studies he mentions in the book. But no list of 97 suggestions is to be found.

AND..now that I look at the site a 2nd time, I'll rescind the above comment. It is on the website but not as a link, its under a section marked important = ). Mr Scott does offer a free PDF version of the book if you email him (email already sent) and this review just upgraded from a 3 to 4 stars - thanks much!

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Requires much polish on the idea presented.

Any additional comments?

Habits listed in this book seem completely random. Even in stark opposition to each other (e.g. work on the most important task and visiting social sites). I think there is no way some of the habits listed can be done in less then 5 minutes. Again picking on the use of social sites: they are made maximally addictive on purpose. If you try to use them only 5 minutes per day you will likely need to expend a lot willpower to stop using them after 5 minutes. That is the exact opposite of what you want to do. Even this book says so.

My recommendation would be to read these books instead: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results and Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Deep Work is not really about habits but talks about why you should plan your work week, work on the most important task first and other things mentioned in Habit Stacking).

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Another awesome book

This is the second book by SJ Scott I have listened to and am once again NOT disappointed. Wonderful strategies broken down to allow you the power to build your own system.

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  • Alex
  • Texas
  • 01-20-18

Not great

Narration was great. The habits, not so much. I understand these are small changes, but most of them were almost useless. I know, you pick those to inflate your number of 'habits' but most of them wouldn't really be improvements, some are actually really bad ideas like checking facebook, pintrest, etc... I was especially disappointed with the financial habits.

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Simple, pragmatic, efficient!

Love the simplicity and pragmatic approach to the subject. It has help me a lot in changing my habits.

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  • Deb Hart
  • New York, NY United States
  • 07-27-17

Worth it...

It's worth buying and following, if u *really* want to change your life. This this!

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practical

easy to follow, can be implemented immediately, used the advice on the same day I
finished the book

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Awesome 5 minute ideas,

I so enjoyed your book and the easy ideas to implement in my life. Thank you.

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Simple, powerful ideas

I tried the suggestions for a week and am amazed at my ability to get things done. I have only tried the productivity habits, but I plan to incorporate more each month.

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  • dmaxi
  • 12-09-15

A good listen but I might need to get the paperback

The reader was very good; clear enunciation & good variety in intonation.

Overall I enjoyed this book and am already implementing one new routine with success. If your already familiar with FlyLady or Habit Hacker a lot of the 97 small things will be already known to you. However, the advantage of this book is the discussions on motivation, "ego depletion", and the explanation of building a routine.

As I was listening to the chapters that consist solely of the list of 97 small changes, I started to get frustrated that there wasn't a synopsis at the end of each chapter suggesting how a routine could be built. However, the final chapters contain all of this information and completely assuaged my quibble in this regard.
I'm not sure the list format is suitable for audio. I may find I'll want to get the paperback for ease of reference in the future when I'm ready to build more routines.

One small suggestion to the author/editor/publisher for an improvement in a future edition: in the actions identified for each habit may I suggest a distinction is made between the one-off action that is required to set-up the habit initially, and the action that is done when the habit is being repeated?
Thanks for a great book & an enjoyable "read"/listen.

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  • Marek
  • 08-08-14

Somewhat useful yet mixed with pop self-help ideas

What would have made Habit Stacking better?

First and foremost checking that there is no pop psychology claims as "look in the mirror and say to yourself positive affirmations" that were disproved a long time ago.
The idea of habit stacking itself is useful yet it could be described in 5 minutes with a couple of examples that are science based!

Would you ever listen to anything by S.J. Scott again?

NO

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Greg Zarcone?

Narrator was fine

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  • Syed
  • 10-17-17

Good book, but not a good audiobook

As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a good book. It is full of tips and tricks and it is very possible that you might find couple that resonate with you are you want to try.

However given that format, it does not lend itself to audiobook. People usually listen to audiobooks when they’re busy doing something else for example for me it’s driving to and from work. It meant that I found about 7-10 tips I’d like to try in my 30 min drive, however by the time I’ve got into work or home I could only remember one or two. Hence this is a good book but not a good audiobook.