Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

After discovering James Clear’s online newsletter 6 months ago, I was already convinced that I would enjoy his then pending book, Atomic Habits. His writing focuses on how we can live better lives through creating better habits and making better decisions.

I combine ideas from a wide range of disciplines including biology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and more.

I believe that you do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” – James Clear

In 2017 I did a book review on The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg. After reading and loving Charles Duhigg’s book, I was very eager to dive into James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. I was not disappointed! I found James’ book piggybacked on much of what Charles’ offered, but with tangible systems to implement minuscule changes that can grow to be life altering.

Write up from Amazon about Atomic Habits:

Here is the write up from Amazon about Atomic Habits:

“A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day
People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real 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.

In this groundbreaking book, Clear reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. 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 tiny habits to stay productive, motivated, and happy.

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

James Clear’s book skyrocketed to the New York Times bestsellers list along with the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and Fast Company’s 7 Best Business Books of 2018 lists. It is easy to read. It is fun to read. It will make a difference to the lives of anyone who wants to make their lives better by making incremental easy changes that add up.”

My Thoughts: Two Thumbs Up!

I give James’ book two thumbs up and highly recommend reading it. I think this book contains enough impactful content that I purchased copies for each member of Team Nunn and we are all reading it as a group.

Here are some areas of my own personal life that I have implemented some of the strategies that James covers:

My Habit of Reading

Reading business books and autobiographies is always something I have enjoyed, but wasn’t finding the time to do. Instead of thinking about the book I was going to leave unfinished because I didn’t have a chunk of time to read, I set the intention of reading for just 10 minutes each day, in the evenings, in bed. James writes a lot about the importance of setting intentions and being very specific with what, where and when. This 10 minutes I agreed to do never lasted just 10 minutes! I was reading for 30 minutes and longer!

Another tangible tip James writes about is “habit stacking.” There are so many habits I already have in place I can “stack” my new habits onto. For example, I have a routine that I follow in the evenings when I go to bed. It is the typical “going to bed” routine I’m sure many of us have. In order to make sure I would have success with my new habit of reading for 10 minutes, I have stacked on my dresser next to my bed, my reading materials and books. That is the only thing that I have on the dresser, besides my reading light. So when I hang up my clothes, put on my pajamas, I pull down the sheets and pick-up my book. It was fairly easy to get into this groove once I set it up. But then, I finished my book and didn’t have something to read. James talks about the importance of “not missing a day!” so I headed to the library and reserved a stack of books. I’m letting go of the fact that I may or may not get to them all, but I need my funnel completely stocked so I can just read my 10 minutes everyday.

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