‘I Can’t Build a Daily Habit!’

Yanyi’s story on routine, habits and art.


Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Named a “Best Book of the Year” by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, this book by neurobiologist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky examines human behavior, both good and bad, and attempts to answer the question: Why do we do the things we do?

Robert M. Sapolsky

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Expand your understanding of the human body, its abilities and its adaptations by exploring how our anatomy is shaped by a long history of evolution.

Robert M. Sapolsky

The Power of Habit

Discover why habits exist and how they can be changed.

Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit (Summary)

A quick review of Charles Duhigg’s book: The Power of Habit, which explains why habits exist and how they may be changed.

Kim Hartman

Atomic Habits

This book shares practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

James Clear

5 Practices from Deep Work by Cal Newport That’ll Change Your Life

Review five tips from Deep Work that will help you create time and space for focus.

Nina Semczuk

Deep Work

Discover the ability to focus on a cognitively demanding task without distraction.

Cal Newport


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