I absolutely loved The Power of Habit, so I was excited to hear that Charles Duhigg had written a new book. Who doesn’t need to learn more about productivity.
For the first half of the book I wasn’t really sold. There were interesting stories, but I didn’t see how they held together. Mental tunneling – interesting. Mental mapping – interesting. I still wasn’t sure what this had to do with productivity. I enjoyed the Absorbing Data chapter for how people get overwhelmed when faced with too many choices.
I still don’t understand what holds this book together. Yes, it’s about how the brain functions. I learned a lot, but Duhigg is in danger of sliding into Malcolm Gladstone territory. Quick conclusions from a single story.
I wish Duhigg had taken more time with this book to make it as good as The Power of Habit. Instead it feels like a collection of articles, but not a book.