Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott


Take small habits. Gather them together. Make them into a routine.

That’s it. That’s the whole book. We all have little changes we’d like to make in our lives and incorporating them into a routine makes sense. I’ve got nothing against the idea; I’m just not sure why it’s a book. Perhaps, in other hands, it might have been a mildly interesting blog post.

Scott makes a list of ninety seven “small life changes” that the reader is meant to pick from when adding a new habit. The problem is, most of them are things we’re doing anyway. I don’t need to be told to drink water or make my bed or return a phone call. And I also don’t need to be told to put these things into a routine. Everyone who gets up in the morning and goes to work already has a routine. Children have routines. Retirees have routines. Anyone who wants to make a change will make a change by putting a new habit into her existing routine. Where else would it go?

Any functioning adult already knows everything in this book. There are a million ways to improve your habits and your productivity, but reading HABIT STACKING isn’t one of them.


HABIT STACKING can be found here.


Rating: 2 stars


I recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg or Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy instead of this book.




5 thoughts on “Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott

  1. I hate to say this but your review– the final summary– made me laugh so hard. Thanks for making my day!

    • I’m glad that it was entertaining, Julia! If I can’t recommend a good book, at least I can make you smile as I warn you away from a bad one.

      But on a more serious note, the other two books I recommend at the end of the review are really great.

      • Yes. I took a quick look at the titles and I read – Eat That Frog Brain. Which might actually make a great book title. I’d do a double-take.

  2. The title really grabbed me. Who doesn’t want to know about some five minute secrets that will change your life? It sounds like maybe very young adults might benefit, but … I’m not that young!

    Thanks for the review, as always!!!


    • I got sucked in by the title as well. I thought the book would say something new and different about time management. Alas, the title was the most original thing.

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