Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Today I Overcame One of My Annoying Habits. Here’s How.

December 28th, 2015

Episode 187 of 371 episodes

One of my worst habits — or, I should say, one of my most self-annoying habits — is that I hate to make appointments. I dislike using the phone. I dislike adding commitments to my calendar. I dislike getting my haircut or my teeth cleaned. Etc. So I find it very, very difficult to make myself pick up the phone and call to make appointments. I know this perfectly well about myself. So while I was on vacation in Kansas City last week, I vowed that I would use the Strategies of Monitoring, Scheduling, and Clarity to make a bunch of necessary appointments. In my book Better Than Before, I describe how I use “Power Hour.” Each weekend, I make a list of chores that I’ve been putting off, and I dedicate an hour to completing them — but Power Hour doesn’t work for appointments, because most places are only open during the week. So I used a special installment of my weekly “Power Hour” to get myself to tackle this dreaded task. At 6:30 a.m. this morning, I made a list of all the appointments I needed to make. And at 10:00 a.m., when I figured that ...