Atomic Habits

Updated: Jan 24

James Clear

Arguably the best book ever written on forming habits that stick, Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day.

What’s it about?

We often think that if we want to change our lives, we have to set huge, ambitious goals. But maybe that’s the problem.

World-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered a simpler system for transforming your life. He knows that lasting change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions – doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits.

He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule, or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone) and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of small habits to stay productive, motivated and happy.

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.

These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships and your life.

What I liked about the book?

James Clear has spent his entire life honing the art and studying the science of habits. If you read the introduction, you’ll know why. His story of recovering from a serious head injury is quite inspiring and we all can learn a lot from him.

He is widely known for being able to distill complex information into simple ideas that we can not only learn but easily implement in our lives. I absolutely agree with this. I breezed through the book and understood information that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to if it wasn’t for Clear’s great writing skills.

Compared to another highly rated book, The Power of Habits, this book is more practical and focuses on implementing the ideas taught in the former book. Even if you haven’t read that one, you’ll find this book easy to understand.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

What did I not like about the book?

There is very little that I can say about not liking this book. It’s definitely one of the most practical books I have read this year.

What I regret not doing is making a list of habits that I would want to implement or improve on before I started reading this. So if you do read this book, do make a list of all your habits (especially the bad ones) before starting this.

My verdict-

We all try to implement habits and end up failing. That’s been the story of our lives, well till now at least. Clear makes the whole process look easy, and it is easy, if only we know how to implement it the right way. Reading this book will make you feel like you’re a child learning to ride a bike and James Clear is like your dad holding your hand and running beside you, guiding you forward so you don’t fall off.

Atomic Habits is not a book to be read. It’s a book to be studied, again and again. Take your time with this book, read it slowly while at the same time working on one habit of yours. You’ll be a changed person by the time you finish this book.

Rating - 10/10

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Thank you for reading my review. Hope you enjoy the book!

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