What Do You Do When You Wake Up Early Due to Jet Lag?

What Do You Do When You Wake Up Early Due to Jet Lag?

Do you suffer much from jet lag? I do.

Right now, I'm in Los Angeles, at the beginning  of my book tour. I'm at my sister's house, and because of jet lag, I'm up very early. I feel very productive now, but I'll have to go to sleep extremely early tonight.

I'm up, so I figured...it's a good time to write my daily post. About what? My new book of course!

Better Than Before, explains how we can master our habits. In it, I reveal the secret to changing habits—really.

It turns out that changing habits isn’t that hard, when you know what to do. The book hit the shelves last week.

Want to know more about the book, before you head to the bookstore, order it online, or add it to your library list?

To read an excerpt, look here.

To listen to a clip of the audio-book, listen here (yes, that’s me, reading).

Listen to the NPR Weekend Edition interview with Rachel Martin.

Watch me on the Today show (this interview is pretty funny, thanks to Matt Lauer) and on MSNBC.

Check out the crazy cover of Parade magazine! Yes, I'm on the cover. Last week, Al Pacino, this week, me. Zoikes.

To check out other habit-related materials, click here. (For instance, you can get one-pagers on “Eating Better Than Before,” “Working Better Than Before, ” “Exercising Better Than Before,” and my favorite, “Reading Better Than Before.”)

Read my Habits Manifesto:

1. What we do every day matters more than what we do once in while.
2. Make it easy to do right and hard to go wrong.
3. Focus on actions, not outcomes.
4. By giving something up, we may gain.
5. Things often get harder before they get easier.
6. When we give more to ourselves,
we can ask more from ourselves.
7. We’re not very different from other people, but those differences are very important.
8. It’s easier to change our surroundings than ourselves.
9. We can’t make people change, but when we change, others may change.
10. We should make sure the things we do to feel better don’t make us feel worse.
11. We manage what we monitor.
12. Once we’re ready to begin, begin now.


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Come to an event -- I love to meet readers. If you live in a tour city, I hope I see you in Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Princeton, Washington D.C., Boston, Madison CT, Cedar Rapids, Philadelphia, or of course New York City. Please come, tell your friends. (Final tour dates in Canada, UK., and Australia coming soon.)

Better Than Before  was very tough to write; habit change is a very challenging, large subject.  But I loved writing this book. And I truly do believe that in it, I present ideas and information that will help people to succeed, even if they've failed before.

As always, readers, thank you for your support and enthusiasm. And thanks for your patience as I indulge in some fairly relentless self-promotion. In these days of fewer bookstores and shrinking book coverage, we writers are learning to be pushy. And it's a fine line between pushy enough and too pushy.

Okay, enough. I'm waiting for my sister and her family to appear. Once Elizabeth is up, we're going on a hike in Fryman Canyon, then recording a Special Episode for our podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In the meantime, I'm drinking a lot of coffee.

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