Better Than Before: Summary

I read a lot of books on self-help, performance, business and wellness and take notes as I read. I haven’t tried sketch noting yet, but often find myself searching for sketch notes of books I’ve read.

Sketch notes are a mix of sketching and taking notes that graphically organizes the information. This helps in learning and retaining information better. Plus, they look awesome. I get frustrated when I can’t find a Sketch Note for a book I’ve read, or the sketch note doesn’t have the information I’m trying to find.

As a result, I decided to give it a whirl. I took my notes and made my first attempt at a sketch note. As I get more confident and comfortable. I’ll try to incorporate more sketching and less noting.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin is a great book that is densely packed with insight to help you build and break habits in your life. The more you understand about yourself and your tendencies, the better you can “game the system” to build habits in a way that works for you.

I have two favorite parts of this book; loophole spotting and adjusting effort. Loophole spotting helps us recognize where we let ourselves off the hook. Our energy and effort are limited resources; we want to limit waste. Adjusting effort helps us protect our energy so it’s spent in the right way at the right time.


Rohde, M. (n.d.). What are sketchnotes? Retrieved from

Rubin, G (2015). Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life. Broadway Books, New York.

Note: I used a Wacom Bamboo Slate for notes.

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