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

| James Clear, 2018

What’s It All About?

Do you want to break your bad habits or get better at forming positive habits? This book is the place to start! In his massively popular bestseller Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, author James Clear presents a practical guide for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and finding productive ways to practice turning small behavior into big results. 

With an expert background in habit forming, Clear introduces actionable strategies for key tasks like developing habits, overcoming a lack of motivation and other challenges, and setting yourself up for successfully following through on new habits. His strategies are backed up from research drawn from neuroscience and other fields. I also particularly enjoyed how he interspersed his insights with impactful and inspiring stories from others who have used habit forming to reach new levels of success, ranging from Olympic athletes to everyday business leaders.

Favorite Quote

“Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit. This is a distinguishing difference between winners and losers.”

Biggest Takeaway

Atomic Habits has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, which is unsurprising since it’s full of so many powerful takeaways about forming and breaking habits. One of my biggest takeaways was the section on friction, and how leaders can actually use friction to their advantage. When you find yourself with friction toward a habit, it means you need to make the habit-forming process easier for yourself by removing the barriers and challenges that prevent you from getting started on forming a new habit.

For example, I want to write more handwritten notes, but often find myself set back by small tasks like buying stamps and finding the time in my schedule to sit down and write. Instead of letting these small setbacks keep me from my goals, I need to come up with solutions that make it easier for me to start my new letter writing habit, like blocking out writing time in my schedule.

Bonus Information

While forming a new habit, you might miss a day—and that’s okay! Even the most successful people miss a day from time to time. If you miss a day in your routine, the key is getting right back to it.

Reviewed by: Trevor Blondeel,  November 22, 2023

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