Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

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 troubl...

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Title:Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Author:James Clear
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  • Ali

    An incredible book! I knew habits were an important aspect to understand but this book takes that understanding to a whole new level - providing insight into the how and why of altering your habits in a systematically functional way that is sustainable in the long run. The lessons within can help to positively reshape aspects of your life, both personally and professionally. It's an enjoyable read with an impact I have yet to find in other books.

  • Stephen Lubin

    8/10

    Atomic Habits is a useful book. It’s a practical guide to identifying and changing your habits. It’s something you can actually put into practice in your life.

    I think that all of the concepts in the book are good and useful to know but some of the action points I think are slightly oversimplified. If you take the action points in some chapters and modify them to your specific situation you can still apply most of them but you do have to do some critical thinking with the material.

    I like th

    8/10

    Atomic Habits is a useful book. It’s a practical guide to identifying and changing your habits. It’s something you can actually put into practice in your life.

    I think that all of the concepts in the book are good and useful to know but some of the action points I think are slightly oversimplified. If you take the action points in some chapters and modify them to your specific situation you can still apply most of them but you do have to do some critical thinking with the material.

    I like that the book is simple and straightforward. James Clear doesn’t bog you down with a lot of conceptual material. He starts each chapter with an example (some are better than others), gives you the concept plainly, and then gives you concrete actions to apply the concept in real life. It’s a nice formula. Each chapter is roughly 15-20min.

    This book is worth reading. It’s easy to apply the knowledge and action steps. Even if it doesn’t completely change your behavior, it will make you more aware of yourself. It provides a good lens that you can use to view yourself and others. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying to really set an airtight routine. If you follow the book you can definitely make something a habit.

    I’m a fan of James Clear. I have read his newsletter for about 2yrs now. His newsletter is one of the best I’ve read because it’s interesting and well researched and always has some take away for me. His book is really an expansion on a lot of things he’s covered in his newsletter. There are some chapters that I was already very familiar with because I had read his previous material on it. This doesn’t detract from the book. He expands on most things he’s written about before. The book is laid out like a road map and builds upon itself, which is something you don’t really get from the newsletter.

    The intro is pretty graphic. It’s about a personal injury the author has faced. I recommend being prepared for that. Once you get through that it’s all good.

  • Kristy  Barngrover Clear

    "If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change." --James Clear

    Atomic Habits provides an incredibly practical approach to building good habits and breaking bad ones. James uses ideas backed by scientific research to help anyone improve 1% each day. I especially love the summary guides at the end of each chapter which make it easy t

    "If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change." --James Clear

    Atomic Habits provides an incredibly practical approach to building good habits and breaking bad ones. James uses ideas backed by scientific research to help anyone improve 1% each day. I especially love the summary guides at the end of each chapter which make it easy to return back to this book again and again.

  • Scott Barngrover

    A life changing book. I was lucky to get an advanced copy.

    James gives great advice on how to build good habits and how to break bad ones. He gives very interesting real life examples and charts that explain his points in an entertaining way. Each chapter has a summary and there is an overall summary of the key principles (laws). I highly recommend this book.

  • Cyd Madsen

    An outstanding book. It’s one thing to know how habits work, and something completely different putting that knowledge to work. How to make that knowledge work was exactly what I found in this book. I now understand why my best efforts in the past to change habits have worked for a short time, with a huge expenditure of willpower, only to see them quickly fade. Clear walks you through every step, with science-backed facts, on how habits work and to how you can work your habits. And make them sti

    An outstanding book. It’s one thing to know how habits work, and something completely different putting that knowledge to work. How to make that knowledge work was exactly what I found in this book. I now understand why my best efforts in the past to change habits have worked for a short time, with a huge expenditure of willpower, only to see them quickly fade. Clear walks you through every step, with science-backed facts, on how habits work and to how you can work your habits. And make them stick.

    Although the book is science-backed, I was surprised at how compulsively readable it was. At no time was there a grunt or groan while trying to grasp these concepts. The writing style is friendly, warm, and at times humorous. I also felt that Clear was right there working his way through his own habit changes with me. That’s a pretty good feeling. It was a refreshing break from feeling that the author was belittling me for not living up to their stellar standards.

    I’m an avid reader of his blog and thought this might be a re-hash of everything I’ve already read. That isn’t at all the case. There is new information here as well as his unique perspective and formation of new concepts. Clear walks the reader through those steps and leaves nothing to guesswork.

    My main concern was that this book might be interesting but have nothing to offer for those of us with low self-esteem or a general lack of motivation. He covers those beautifully. The process for low self-esteem is to put one foot in front of the other, one small step at a time, focus on the process, and meet the you you’ve always wanted to be. As far as motivation goes, he unpacks that and shows that we’ve been putting the cart in front of the horse for far too long.

    The section on identity was a game changer. When I read the chapter heading, I immediately felt resistance. Hasn’t the whole idea been to discover our identity? To uncover our passions and be true to ourselves? It took a bit of reading, maybe a page or two, before it all clicked into place and the Ah-ha! moment hit. I’ve used his techniques for a few days, both focusing on the process and choosing my identity. The results have been stunning. Without feeling deprivation or a struggle, some very old and deeply ingrained habits took a small turn, something I didn’t think was possible.

    I don’t want to give the impression that this book is a magic wand that will change everything you ever wanted to change by simply fanning yourself with the pages. There is work to be done, patience to cultivate, disappointments to be dealt with along the way, and persistence called for. Perhaps that’s what I like most about this book. It doesn’t present itself as a magic potion. Even the least desperate of us would like that to appear, and there have been many who have fed off this very human desire. Clear has the integrity to resist that temptation.

    I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking to make changes in their habits, big and small, as well as people who feel that something unnamable is missing from their lives. Clear will not disappoint.

  • Gabriele

    After watching an interview with James Clear, I had to read this book. In only 200 pages he explains everything you need to know in order to work on your habits. Plus, I also got the feeling that he is a nice and fun person in general.

  • Nancy

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.

    Well written book on how to change your habits.

  • Kaytlin

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway yesterday and immediately settled down to read it. I am always very skeptical of self help books because they often do no get to the root of issues. This one did. James Clear's main arguments are that habits are the compound interest of self improvement and that your identify emerges out of your habits. So, you must expereince a shift in identity for your habits to hold. This made a lot of sense to me, but I do think that Clear should have addresses d

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway yesterday and immediately settled down to read it. I am always very skeptical of self help books because they often do no get to the root of issues. This one did. James Clear's main arguments are that habits are the compound interest of self improvement and that your identify emerges out of your habits. So, you must expereince a shift in identity for your habits to hold. This made a lot of sense to me, but I do think that Clear should have addresses deeper emotional issues and gave readers resources so as not to mislead them into believing that they can change their identity by action (repeating new habits) alone.

  • Simon

    This book does a great job of laying down the framework of how habits are formed, and shares insightful strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones. Even though I was already familiar with research behind habit formation, reading through this book helped me approach habits I’m trying to adopt or break in my own life from different angles.

    But the book suffers from the same problems that seem to plague all self-help books. In the chapter about tracking habits, the author shares an an

    This book does a great job of laying down the framework of how habits are formed, and shares insightful strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones. Even though I was already familiar with research behind habit formation, reading through this book helped me approach habits I’m trying to adopt or break in my own life from different angles.

    But the book suffers from the same problems that seem to plague all self-help books. In the chapter about tracking habits, the author shares an anecdote about Benjamin Franklin’s habit of carrying a journal everywhere to track thirteen virtues. If you care to know more about that story, Franklin tried to make a habit of his thirteen virtues by turning it into a thirteen week course where he would work on a different virtue every week and track his progress. The author conveniently leaves out the fact that Franklin quickly found this method impractical and abandoned the project before getting through all thirteen virtues. There’s a lot of irony in including this anecdote in a chapter that talks about the importance of not “breaking the chain”. So while the author isn’t entirely wrong, I found it off-putting that he would retell this story in a manner that fit his narrative. This is a vice that is found all too commonly in self-help and pop science books that make you question the author’s intellectual rigour.

    Another criticism I have of this book is that it could have been even shorter. The last few chapters under “Advanced Tactics” that deal with the topic of mastery were the weakest in the book. While there is an obvious connection between habits and mastery, trying to tie in a topic as complex as mastery was perhaps too ambitious.

    The three star rating I am giving this book doesn’t reflect how important I consider habits to be. I completely agree with the author that habits are the cornerstone of your life. If you want to change your life in any meaningful way, the only dependable way I know is to build good habits. If you need convincing that habits are important, I would strongly recommend this book. If you are already convinced but struggling to adopt or break habits, racing through this book will give you some good ideas about how you can make changes stick.

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