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Gretchen Rubin

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“I Physically Put My iPhone in a Different Room. Sometimes Under Lock and Key.”

September 30th, 2016

Episode 359 of 401 episodes

Interview: Jeff Wilser. I forget how I got to know Jeff Wilser, but when we met for coffee, he mentioned that he had an idea for a book about Alexander Hamilton — something fun, and also very informative. I told him that I thought his idea sounded terrific; this was even before I saw the Broadway show Hamilton, and now that I’ve seen the show — and loved it as much as everybody else — I think Jeff’s idea was even more terrific. Well, he did write that book, and it just hit the shelves: Alexander’s Hamilton’s Guide to Life. It’s a book that manages to convey lots of information and big ideas with a light touch. I was very interested in what Jeff had to say about Hamilton; I also wanted to hear what he had to say about habits and happiness. Gretchen: Which habits are most important to you? Jeff: Sticking to a reading schedule. Everyone enjoys “reading,” but I’ve found that without a strict schedule, and without iron discipline, my reading habits quickly fade into oblivion. So I have a very concrete and nerdy plan: I aim to read a book a week. Sometimes two books in a week, ... The post “I Physically Put My iPhone in a Different Room. Sometimes Under Lock and Key.” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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