Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean



Did you know that one-third of your day is on auto pilot?  And I don’t mean when we are sleeping.  I mean when we are working, working out, cleaning, eating… and yes – driving.  Jeremy Dean explains why habits are so hard to break, but not impossible.  This book is how to take charge of our brain and make it stick, resulting in a happier, healthier, more creative and productive you.



Honestly…. I have been listening to this audio off and on for so long now I do not even recall why I first wanted to listen to it.  I believe it was because I find the human psyche to be fascinating.  What makes us tick?  Why do some think it is ok to do the things they do (thus my interest in true crime), and why do some of us work so hard to do good and others really do not care…

Habits, I guess are one of the things that interest me.  Why is my routine to get up around 6 am each morning 7 days a week, grab my coffee and merge with my lap top for at least an hour?  Why do I not instead put on some pounding music, and hit the downstairs treadmill right away for 30 minutes as I wish I would do?  Why do I constantly notice what time it is in the morning and say “Oh crap!” And run to get ready for my day?

And I know this isn’t just me…. we all have our routines/habits and some are good – kudos to you that do get up and take a morning walk consistently or hit the gym… you are my heroes and I strive to be you!  But maybe some of us have trouble rolling out of bed by 9?

While the book gives good advice on how to break a habit and the research is well laid out and even fascinating, I did not come out the other side feeling I had learned anything I did not already know or if I did not know, once I heard it thought it was common sense.  While interesting, probably not a book I need to listen to again.

And yeah…. I still get up at 6 am and drink my coffee and putz on my laptop and ignore my treadmill. 

GAH.  😉



7 thoughts on “Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean

  1. I think most of us already know what we need to do to break those habits. Now I need something besides caffeine in my coffee that will make my brain implement those changes! I’m up by 7am – my brain sleeps until 10am. I am so envious of people who can actually function in the morning. 🙂

  2. I don’t really read these types of books, but I do find this stuff fascinating and do read news articles on stuff like this. And – I work out 6 days a week, but never the second I wake up! I would love to start each day with an hour of coffee and laptop, but alas, the kids…. So, instead I run to and from my laptop while attending to their wants/needs for an hour. Ah!!

  3. Like yourself I’m fascinated by the human psyche. I love learning how our brain works and why we do what we do. Thanks for another great review- although I probably won’t read this book myself I know plenty of psych grads who would love it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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