BOOK REVIEW: Atomic Habits
by James Clear
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.
Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.
Learn how to:
• make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
• overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
• design your environment to make success easier;
• get back on track when you fall off course;
…and much more.
Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits–whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.
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That said, this book is fantastic! James Clear does an excellent job of driving home the point that small changes over the course of time can make a huge difference in your life.
Personally, I feel like I’ve been working on developing better habits for several years now. For example, about 10 years ago I started working on a treadmill desk. This falls under the “temptation bundling” Clear describes—linking an action you want to do (get more exercise) with an action you need to do (work).
Now that I’ve completed the book I need to spend some time evaluating my habits and deciding which new habits I want to adopt and which bad habits I want to break. The nice thing about this book is that Clear offers a handy worksheet to use for this exercise.
If, like me, you’re continually working on becoming a better version of yourself, this book is a must-read!
Best Quotes from Atomic Habits:
“Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.” – James Clear, #AtomicHabitsTweet
“Surround yourself with people who have the habits you want to have yourself. You’ll rise together.” – James Clear, #AtomicHabitsTweet
“It is better to do less than you hoped than to do nothing at all.” – James Clear, #AtomicHabitsTweet