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

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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
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
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
Otis Chandler
Jan 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Stephen Lubin
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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.
Katie (katieladyreads)
I would recommend this to fans of the Power of Habit, it was easy to read and quite interesting but nothing life changing.
Zohreh Avatefi hafez
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you want to lose weight or want to be good book reader you can find many useful ways to make good habits in this book,but for habitual persons like me it have one or two good advice. Farther more this book is good and useful at all.
اگر قصد داريد وزن كم كنيد يا از دست فضاهاي مجازي خلاص شويد اين كتاب روشهاي خوب و قابل استفاده اي براي شما دارد،اگر هم مثل من عادتمنديد و دلتان مي خواهد عادت هاي بد را كنار بگذاريد اين كتاب نكته هاي خوبي براي شما دترد و در كل كتاب قابل استفاده اي است
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was enlightened by "Willpower" and got some great takeaways from "The Power of Habit", but this is next-level in terms of practical steps and also generating pivotal mental shifts both for the immediate and long terms. Important note: it gets better with each successive chapter - something critical to know since the opening is understandably crucial to the author, but not so much to many readers. Read it.
Romanas Wolfsborg
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
Mark Kater
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is what I expected "The power of habit" to be. Where TPOH mostly is a collection of stories/anecdotes, Atomic Habits actually goes over practical ways of implementing your own system. It's great! Here's to stop reading and to start doing... :)
Scott Barngrover
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 2019 girl boss recommendation. 💕

“Habits do not restrict freedom. They create it. Building habits in the present allows you to do more of what you want in the future.”

This book has helped me build a more productive morning routine and I love it! ☀ Being a morning person has always been a struggle for me, but this book gives you very clear and very easy steps to create the life you’ve always imagined.
When going through your daily habits, ask yourself, “Does this habit cast a vote for or agains
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
Well written book on how to change your habits.
Angie Dokos
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful

This book is very helpful. Lots of great tips. I hope I can put them to good use. Seems simple enough.
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David Laing
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In an episode of the North Star Podcast with David Perrell, the software entrepreneur Daniel Gross said something that I thought was very wise:

The definition of a habit, for me, is something that doesn’t require willpower. How can I build a large collection of habits that are healthy—that are correct—and save them to RAM in my head so that I don’t have to think about them? I would like to have that done by the end of my 20s. I’d like to be in a good place in terms of body composition, in terms o
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ena Rusnjak Markovic
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be extremely helpful, even on the first day that I started reading it. I immediately changed the way I think about myself (organized and productive vs. unorganized and lazy) and created a plan to change my morning habits. It was much easier to do than I imagined. Mostly, I think it is because I wanted the change. I don't think there are any ideas in this book that I've never considered or didn't try BUT it was the presentation of ideas and the explanation of why we act t
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best Book for forming new habits and cementing them . It's an interesting collection of helpful insights. Must Read
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
كتاب "العادات الذّرّيّة" يتحدثّ حول كيفية بناء عادات حميدة جديدة وكيفية التّخلص من عادات سيّئة. في حقيقة الأمر لم تكن أغلب مُحتويات الكتاب جديدة علي، فمعظمها يعتمد على دراسات ومصادر إما ذائعة الصيت أو سبق لي أن صادفتها في كتب أخرى، ككتاب "قوة العادة"* أو حتى كتاب "كيف تفشل تقريبًا في كل شيء ومع ذلك تربح في النهاية بشكل كبير"** والذي بالرغم من أنه ليس كتابًا حول بناء العادات لكنّه استعرض إحدى أقوى الأفكار المُتعلّقة ببناء العادات والمُتعلّقة بالاعتماد على الأنظمة بدل الأهداف . كتاب "العادات الذّر ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve just gotten the time to write about this lovely lovely book. I’ll preface this by saying that I am a productivity junkie. Like a complete nerd. I have 2 habit tracking apps. 2 planners: one is a journal/to-do list planner and one is a ginormous calendar. I watch productivity videos 24/7 too, my favourite YouTubers include Thomas Frank, Matt D’Avella, Michelle B, Med School Insiders, Ali Abdaal etc. I watch Tedx videos like an addict.

Suffice to say, I’m obsessed with habit-formation and sel
Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
I love these behavioural psychology books. It has a lot of useful information and at the same time it motivates me to do stuff! These past couple of years had been weird. I've always been good at school, at sports and languages, but I haven't kept on with those habits lately and I can see how that affected my identity in a negative way. I've dropped out of college (just this semester), stopped playing volleyball almost two years ago and haven't continued learning Italian and/or French or taken u ...more
Anthony Locke
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Nothing new here, but might have been the most enjoyable book on habit building that I've read/listened to. Clear gives practical and straight forward methods that have encouraged me in the new year. David Murray, a professor at PRTS, is currently running a series on his blog through the book as well, so there are a lot of good spiritual applications to the book.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written book backed by scientific reasoning. Also, the Appendix sums up the entire content very very well.

Highly recommended.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An extension of Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit, only with more practical strategies to form new habits and break the existing ones. Probably the only book which didn't promise anything life changing at the beginning but offered tips to manage the habits in the best possible way.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems!

Great book, one of the most useful self-help books I have ever read. (Listened to, in this case)
Practical, easy to read, Looks easy to implement (To be confirmed later!) and enough examples for you to understand... Not full of examples and long stories like many other self-help books.

If you liked "The power of habits" and are into systems creation and habits (I am obsessed!), DON'T MISS THIS BOOK. The reason I am
Cyd Madsen
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
K.A. Merikan
Really good one :)
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James Clear is the author of "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones"

He writes about habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement at His website receives millions of visitors each month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his popular email newsletter.

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS Thi
“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.” 8 likes
“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.” 6 likes
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