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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg


This book describes how habits work in our lives, and how to make use of them. A lot of people have changed their lives by focusing on changing their habits.

The most important principle is that a habit is made of three elements: cue, routine, and reward. Keep this in mind while progressing through this book.

The Power of Habit is very theoretical; it has quite a few practical elements that can be very helpful when we want to change bad habits and create new ones. Bear in mind that you cannot remove habit from your life. You can only change it. The cue and the reward must stay the same, and you can replace only the routine.

We used quite a big chunk of knowledge from Power of Habit in designing this mobile application! HabitCoach is meant to be the keystone habit in your life. You will learn more about it later, as you progress through the habit ideas prepared by us.

About the Author

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and non-fiction author. He was a reporter for The New York Times and is the author of two books on habits and productivity, titled "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" and "Smarter Faster Better".

Great ideas from this book


1. To change a habit, increase your awareness first.


2. To change or create a habit, change your belief system.

Habit changing skills

3. When you plan a big change in your life, find the keystone habit.

Organization culture

4. Always have a keystone habit in your organization in order to improve the grit of your people.

Habit creation skills

5. In order to create a new habit, define a clear cue.


6. Plan ahead how you will react in critical situations.