Eager to Change Your Habits? This Will Make It More Convenient.

I’m very excited to announce that Better Than Before: A Day-by-Day Journal has hit the shelves!

I really love this journal.

Many people have told me that once they read Better Than Before, they were eager to get cracking on their habits — so eager, in fact, that the process could seem a little overwhelming. So much to do, and to try.

That’s where the Journal comes in handy. By organizing your thoughts, it makes the process much easier.  The Journal will help you identify what habits you want to change, figure out what strategies to use, track your progress — and actually change your habits.

There’s  a lot of tips and information meant to make habit-change easier, plus room to write your own comments. Using the Journal will make it easier to apply the ideas and principles from Better Than Before to your own experience. It’s a companion book that will deepen your understanding.

Many people have told me that the “don’t break the chain” system works well for them, so the Journal’s “Habit Tracker” allows you to mark that chain as you go. (If you want to read more on this subject, it’s in Better Than Before, in the chapter on the Strategy of Starting.)

Don’t worry about starting on January 1. The Journal starts at “Week 1,” and you fill in the dates. So you can start at any point. Remember,  as the Habits Manifesto states, once we’re ready to begin, we should begin now.

One of the most powerful strategies is the Strategy of Convenience. By making it convenient — and pleasant — to keep track of how you’re doing, you make it easier on yourself to keep up with it.

The Better Than Before Journal a tool, and a resource, and it’s also meant to be a kind of memento! Your record of how you’re better than before.

It really is worth tackling our habits. After all, about forty percent of our daily lives is shaped by our habits. Habits shape our existence–and our future. If we change our habits, we can change our lives.

Order now from Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Indiebound

For you library fans and audio-fans…this isn’t that kind of book. For this, you need ye olde paper. To see the inside, click here to watch a quick video I made. 

Have you ever used a journal — or any kind of record-making — to help you change your habits in the past? Was it a useful exercise?

  • Penelope Schmitt

    Could not be more timely! Thanks for all you do. Just ordered mine from Amazon.

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you find it useful!

  • Connie Harris

    since the beginning of time, I have made it a resolution to journal…each time decreasing the commitment until now I would feel good if I did one sentence one day a week….but what day? (an obliger with commitment issues ?). What better way to finally start. Thank you Gretchen…your books are full of common sense, your podcasts are enjoyable, and I am not too old to change 🙂

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  • Freddo

    I love journals! Any hints on availability in Australia?

  • Dianne Ochiltree

    I’ve done morning pages, and other journal entries for over thirty years. The system of using a journal with a focused purpose each day is a great counterbalance to the stream of consciousness format of morning pages. It’s been useful for me to alternate between the forms in my daily morning practice of writing a journal entry.

  • Renuka Joshi

    use journal on daily basis…it really helps me to get a clarity in my mind, its like a self talk

  • Melissa Sanderson Esser

    HI Gretchen. Do you have any plans to make this journal available in spiral bound form? That would be so much more convenient. 🙂 Love your work, thanks!

    • gretchenrubin

      No plans for that now – but that’s a great idea!

      • Melissa Sanderson Esser

        An app would be even better! Something with reports to chart progress! I’m geeking out over the potential here!

  • Jennifer S

    I journal every evening. It is a gratitude journal but also an idea journal. It is an important part of my evening ritual. Love your books and look forward to the podcast every week. Thanks!

  • Marie-Claire Ording

    I use two journals, one where I write my impressions and feelings of the day. I used to do morning pages, but that takes too much time, so now I do only one page and use different color pens depending on where the inspiration comes from. My second journal is a bullet journal where I keep track of all my to-do’s, goals, appointments, habits, and lists of all sorts: gratitude, books read, ideas, accomplishments, etc. I’ve just started this month and I can see how highly personalized and valuable this has already become. Check out bulletjournal.com or the many YouTube videos for instructions and ideas. It’s been brilliant at helping maintaining my accountability.

  • Jenni Luopajärvi

    I got inspired by two things last fall and have taken them into good use simultaneously. One was “Happiness Project” the other was “Bullet journal”. These two together make an excellent combination for habit changing and tracking.