The 4 Pillar Plan (Reading Rituals)

Today I want to share my thoughts on The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee and talk about other books I’ve been reading. It’s great to be back with a new Reading Rituals post. I missed doing a Reading Rituals post in April due to FTG30 but that didn’t stop me reading!

The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

My thoughts on The 4 Pillar Plan

Within the same week I had a friend recommend Dr Rangan’s podcast and his books were discussed in a group I’m in. I listened to a podcast episode, visited his website and ended up purchasing his book – The 4 Pillar Plan.

The tagline of the book is “How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life”. This tagline fits in with Find the Good Everyday wonderfully so I was ready to give it a go!

I devoured the book in a couple of days and found it fascinating. For me, it has good balance between real-life case studies and the science that explains it all.

The book contains 4 sections: Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep. Each section has 5 suggestions to adopt to improve your health.

What I like most about this book is that it encourages you to develop healthy habits (rather than focusing on things you shouldn’t do) and it’s based on a holistic approach.

The idea is to create balance across all 4 areas rather than ace one and do nothing in the other areas. There’s a handy table with tick-boxes in the introduction to see how you are doing in each area. This allows you to see which areas need the most improvement.

I ended up using the table as a way of tracking my progress in my Bullet Journal. Here’s a look at how it turned out…

The 4 Pillar Plan Bullet Journal Spread

I could see straight away that I was doing okay in the Relax section and starting to make progress with Eat and Sleep. But Move needed improvement so I’ve started to work on that.

I think this is one of those books to keep handy and dip into regularly. It’s full of great reminders and tips for improving health. I’d recommend giving it a go.

Currently Reading

I’m currently reading Flip It! by Michael Heppell following a recommendation. The book’s tagline is “How to get the best out of everything”.

The book starts by introducing the Flip It method – all about turning things into positives. It has sections with examples in different life areas such as health, money, creativity and relationships.

I’m enjoying it so far and it’s got some interesting tips and questions to make you think about your attitudes and the effect they have on your success. I will need to come up with a reminder to “Flip It” once I’ve read the book and carry forward what I’ve learnt.

And lately I’ve found myself pulling old romance favourites off my bookshelves to re-read. I go through phases of doing this rather than getting stuck into new (to me) books as I find it comforting to revisit stories I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Are you a re-reader? Or do you prefer reading books once?


Reading Rituals

What have you been reading lately? Have you got any summer reads to recommend? I’m planning to share some summer favourites with you next month.

Happy Reading!

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