For the past two years, I have been obsessed with the idea of habits. Forming good habits, breaking bad habits, habit hacks, etc. After all, we are what we habitually do. Part of my obsession with habits is that I have the desire to be the best version of myself, to be the best teacher I can be, to be the best musician I can be, to be the best wife, mother, sister, friend, and colleague that I can be. To be or to strive to be the “best” of any of these requires that we engage in habits that will help us– not prevent us– from doing so.
There are many books and blogs out there on habit formation. I’d like to start a series of blog posts on Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before (I’ll tag these posts as Better Than Before). I have read this book many times, and I even decided to use it as supplementary reading material when I taught Trombone Pedagogy this semester. I find this book very helpful as a musician who wants to keep good practice habits and as a teacher who wants to help my students achieve and succeed.
If you would like to read along with me, then feel free to check out Rubin’s Better Than Before. I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have or to engage in a thoughtful discussion. Feel free to post comments below or to email me.