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

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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 i
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Avery
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James Clear Great question! I'm a fan of Duhigg's book and I think he did a great job. I tried to build upon his framework (in addition to the work of many other …moreGreat question! I'm a fan of Duhigg's book and I think he did a great job. I tried to build upon his framework (in addition to the work of many other scientists and researchers) and develop a practical framework that anyone can apply.

Here's what a few readers have said about the differences...

"[Atomic Habits] seems a LOT more practical and focused on guiding people on how to actually make changes. Power of Habit is more journalistic, though it does have the appendix at the back that talks about how to implement habit changes."

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"The most impactful book I've ever read about habits was The Power of Habit... and then Atomic Habits came along. James takes everything I loved about The Power of Habit and expands on it here. The book is chock full of real, practical, and actional advice anyone can take to add more good habits and tweak bad habits over the long term."

James Clear Good question. I know it requires patience, but I tend to recommend focusing on one at a time.

Some habit experts will say you can work on 2-3 habits …more
Good question. I know it requires patience, but I tend to recommend focusing on one at a time.

Some habit experts will say you can work on 2-3 habits at once, but that only works if they are *really* small. For example, meditating for 60 seconds and doing 10 pushups after you wake up. Those are simple enough that you might be able to handle both each day. But I still tend to recommend focusing on one for a few months, mastering it and making it the new normal, and then advancing.

Another note that is related to this: habits often come in bundles. That is, when you want to change one behavior you may be forced to change related behaviors. So you may have to change a few habits at the same time.

For example, say you want to start the "habit" of cooking more meals at home and eating out less. To do this, you may have to change your grocery shopping habits, meal planning habits, dish cleaning habits, and others. This is another reason I recommend focusing on one change at a time: often, a single change has a lot more built into it than it appears at first glance.(less)

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Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Hampus Jakobsson
- "You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems."
- The best way of building a habit is making it part of your identity.
- Make it easy to start: Habits are the entry point - not the goal. "Read 30 books" ⇒ "Read before bed every night" ⇒ "Read one page". Reduce a habit into a 2-minute first step.
- Stick to the plan: "Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way." Don't be a "fair weather runner" if you want to run a lot.
- Make it
Greg Swierad
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first great book about habits was the Power of Habit. That book was quite theoretical and difficult to apply. This book, Atomic Habits, has a completely different approach. James Clear focused on writing a book that goes deep into every single step of habit creation from a practical point of view. At the end of the day, who we are and what we will achieve depends so much on these small habits that we do every day. James Clear argues, that focusing only on improving those habits will lead to ...more
Lisa of Troy
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Almost everybody can relate. We make lofty goals: I’m going to run a marathon! I’m going to write a book! I’m going to lose weight! After a few weeks of intense effort (if we make it that far), we give up and go back to the way things were.

The only reason that I initially picked up this book was that someone was RAVING about it, and I was extremely skeptical. I honestly thought that this book was just going to be a bunch of rah rah feel good, you can do it, pep talk. However, it had an entire li
Acordul Fin
“The more pride you have in a particular aspect of your identity, the more motivated you will be to maintain the habits associated with it. If you’re proud of how your hair looks, you’ll develop all sorts of habits to care for and maintain it. If you’re proud of the size of your biceps, you’ll make sure you never skip an upper-body workout. If you’re proud of the scarves you knit, you’ll be more likely to spend hours knitting each week. Once your pride gets involved, you’ll fight tooth a
Sep 13, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years. We all deal with setbacks but in the long run, the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits."

Did not live up to the hype. There’s good material here, and easy-to-follow strategies to improve our habits, but I found it a chore to wade through. My interest ebbed and flowed and ironically, I felt it could be the book to undo my healthy readin
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Apr 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I was prepared to dislike this book but I really enjoyed it!

I've seen it on so many list of "life-changing non fiction" next to deeply misogynistic authors and it's popular with people promoting hustle culture so I didn't expect it to work for me.

While I can't say that the information in it is that different from other books I've read on the topic, it's definitely the best breakdown of said info that I've seen.

Super accessible, bitesize chapters... absolutely go with the audiobook if you enjoy t
Mario the lone bookwolf
The nuclear option for pimping, rebranding, fine-tuning, and perfecting grey cells.
Atomic also in one regard: As long as it works, it´s perfect down to the smallest part, each atom. If it fails, it´s radioactive and self cannibalizing, -destructing- and demotivating.

To exaggerate, we can develop great working, social. and creative habits or destroy ourselves with neuroticism going haywire, find great ways to optimate oneself or madness, just read anecdotal filled pop psychology/science/philoso
Matias Andina
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Reading this book feels like reading a homework assignment. James Clear wanted to read a lot of books and make a summary of the concepts he would implement for self-improvement. He also made a point in improve himself in the most hacky way possible. Instead of keeping the summary as personal notes, he published it. The fact that the author boasts about being a writer only makes it worse. You can actually smell the cheap tools he uses to put words into text and build chapters out of thin air. I w ...more
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book just climbed to the top as my most favourite self-help non-fiction of the year!

Totally engaging and quite convincing in how the book makes you want to change your bad habits and adopt good ones, this book doesn't talk in a way to make you feel overwhelmed or make you feel like everything you do is wrong or inadequate.

The book doesn't give you impractical tips yet it tells stories and what to learn in how to gradually maintain habits that would benefit you in the long run as well as ho
❀ Lily ❀
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the only book on 'habits' you should read.
It lays out all the rules of changing/developing habits in a simple, straightforward way and gets right to the point without a bunch of rambling and seemingly unrelated filler chapters like some other self development books i've read.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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 ...more
Victoria Meyer
Aug 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep doing this to myself? All I want is a productive little audiobook to listen to while I work, helpfully filled with tips to improve my life. All I get is priviledged white people recycling the same old advice over and over. This book is especially grating as it's filled with cute little platitudes like "the same boiling water will soften a potato and harden an egg". I already know how boiling water works, thanks, can we get to the part where you tell me something I haven't heard fro ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am in the mood for more non fiction lately, so I decided to read the books of Ali's book club. I wanted to read a book on habits for a long time now and Atomic Habits met all those criteria.

I am not gonna elaborate a lot since it is a well known book and there are a lot of YouTube videos that summed it up better than I can ever do including Abdaal's video here:

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Like all non-fiction books, I found most of the information in the book to be logical but the way it was written and ordere
"Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations."

Goals are useful for charting a course, but systems are the most effective in moving forward. When you spend too much time thinking about your goals and not enough time creating your systems, you'll run into a few issues. The antidote is a systems-first mentality. When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to permit yourself to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime you
Ahmad Sharabiani
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear

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
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones is a practical framework for how to build and keep new habits. To create a good habit, author James Clear suggests:

- Make it Obvious
- Make it Attractive
- Make it Easy
- Make it Satisfying

While at first glance these may seem overly simplistic, Atomic Habits delves into each of these concepts and also describes how these same ideas can be inverted to break bad habits. The content is easily digestible.

Different parts are
Amir Tesla
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: success
Well, there’s almost no single shred of original content here. It could be a fine book if it’s the first self-improvement book you have started to read.

The science is also flawed. He presents the following elements for habit:
1. Cue
2. Craving
3. Action
4. Reward
Not to mention that its a skewed copy of principles presented in Power of Habits (to authors credit, he mentions it), craving starts to appear strongly only when your brain has learned to associate the cue, action, reward which happens wit
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a dual review of two books about habit. Habits are important things in one’s life and there are numerous books on the subject. The classic book, a must read, is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Another two popular books about habits are The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Atomic Habits by James Clear, that came out very recently. Having read all three of them I combined my notes for the last two in this post. No matter what stage in life you are, it is al ...more
Riku Sayuj
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very Clear.
Valeria Lipovetsky
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed how easily digested this book was. We all have certain habits we want to learn or unlearn and we usually start strong but lack the motivation to stick to it. This book really expanded my mind about what it actually takes to make habits stick and how motivation has VERY little to do with it.
I added a few of key quotes from the book that touch on some of the steps: why the smallest habits matter, awareness, repetition over perfection, focus on environment, how to keep going when
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is basically reinforcement for Duhigg's books on habits. There is some good advice--get rid of obstacles, use cues of things you like to do with things you need to do (i.e., everytime you check facebook, do pushups or whatever). It's good advice, but nothing new or unique. ...more
James Clear is very clear on this topic. I had to use that pun, as it's so true. The audio version of this is great, crisp and easy to understand.

The building of habits, not so much in what you want to achieve, but the way you go about it. The process. Surprisingly there is a lot to be said about this, and I think I do a lot of this stuff already, methodically tidying up as I go etcetera, to make the foundation easier. Think smart, and being organised for example. Being a fastidious tidier is mu
Dannii Elle
This life-changing non-fiction title is one often spoken of, highly praised, and much recommended. I would say it is well-deserving of all this celebratory hype it has garnered over the years for how concise and yet detailed its content are, how many different suggested areas of daily improvement are included, and how easily implemented Clear makes them appear.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
It's complicated ... my relationship with self-help books that is. On one hand, I'm one of those people who always wants to learn and improve, while also getting in my own way due to character/personality flaws, which I'm well acquainted with, which is why, occasionally, I read yet another self-help book, hoping to get inspired or to learn something that will result in me taking action.

I heard about this book from different sources which propelled me to put it on hold.

My usual scepticism was p
capture stories
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Atomic Habits" relates to building and keeping good habits for a better life and success. After reading a few pages, the easy-going and casual tone of the book engages me to read on. The author correlates plenty deep and academic evaluation. My take on is to handle life overwhelming and stressful; having a certain number of good practices can prioritize the more important work. Also, as we know, starting and keeping a good habit is easier said than done, but "a thousand miles begins with a sing ...more
Basically Britt
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Randomly started listening to this one because I'm trying to get out of my reading slump and I reaaaally enjoyed it! Some tips were super helpful! ...more
Aug 13, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many people I know have read this book and recommended it to me since some time. While I read a good amount of non-fiction, I find new ideas are hard to come by over time. The good thing is that this book did have some well laid out concepts, and was also less pretentious than much of the self-help fare available.

The central idea is that you can start small and build lasting habits. The habit loop (starting with a cue) is similar to that laid out in ‘The Power of Habit’ which the author also bri
A Bibliophile’s Compendium
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
The book is a rehash of other authors' work, skimmed off the top. There are useful basic ideas in the book but if you look at it closely, you can see that the author is lacking a real understanding of these concepts. He doesn't explore them in depth and his conclusions are based on what he's learned from reading and then applied to his own life. He experiments on himself and then concludes "I did it, so it must be true".

For example he says "Behavior that is incongruent with the self will not la
Ammit P Chawda
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 ⭐


This is a masterpiece, If you are at that point of your life where you have failed, given up and feeling low and depressed, here is something for you which will not only lift up your spirits but bring you right on the path of success.

The Author James Clear in this book explains the importance of strengthening the foundation of life in order to achieve greater hights.We as human usually focus on the greater aspects of life while we fail to see that happiness
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