Free Book Summary and Tool for Willpower by Roy Baumeister

We’ve just posted a new Book Tool package for the fantastic (and relatively new) book Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. Head over to the Book Tools page where you now have access to a whole TWO (2) tool packages!

The Paradox of Choice

I?m just finishing a skim read of Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice. I’m sure if I read the entire book it would be very good. But appropriately, with everything going on in life right now ? I chose not to really dive into this particular book. Instead, I did my usual “skim” method on the book ? Speed read the first chapter to get a feel of the writing style and perspective of the author Bold type “skim” until the last chapter (or summary chapter) Read the last chapter As far as I can tell, it was a good method for this book. The last chapter seems to be a pretty good summary and offers what I’m really after in a book like this anyway – tips and suggestions on “what to do”. They are some good tips and so I thought I would include them below for reference. As background, the book argues that increased choice in our society has not made us happier, healthier or smarter. In fact, much research shows that we are declining on all three and some of that research pinpoints abundant options as one of the fundamental problems. So what to do? Choose when to choose. Think back on some recent decisions you have made (buying clothes, a car, etc.) and figure out if the time invested was really worth the end result. Could you reduce the time spent on your decision making and still end up in a “good enough” spot? Or, could you eliminate some decision making processes altogether? Be …

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