Atomic Habits by James Clear
This book was brilliant! I got through it so quickly because I just couldn’t put it down. I really appreciated how logical, simple, and research-based this book was. It really helped me to understand the psychological involvement of forming habits. Once I began to understand my feelings and reactions towards my bad habits, instead of responding in my typical way, I could reason to myself why I am feeling this way and choose to react differently. Here are some more things that I loved:
- Quotes galore! I was constantly reaching for a pen to write down a line that inspired such relatable, light-bulb turning on wisdom! (I don’t like to write in my books. It feels disrespectful somehow. Are you a margin note-taker? A highlighter? Or a write it down on any scrap piece of paper available type?
- Having a systematic approach to on-going small improvements to achieve goals.
- Outcome-Based Habits versus Identity-Based Habits and the three layers of behavior change.
- The idea that habits create freedom because essentially habits are our automated responses to cues that require little thought or effort.
- The four laws of behavior change and how to create or break a habit. He basically saw into my soul and answered one of my biggest questions which is, “Why do I say I want something, but then never seem to act accordingly towards getting it?”
- That lack of motivation is not the problem when trying to create good habits. More so, lack of planning and directness.
- The concept of cue-induced wanting.
- Our evolutionary response to want high caloric, sugary and fatty foods. Also, how he breaks down all types of cravings down to their primal level.
- The concept of habit stacking in combination with temptation bundling. I find myself already doing this. For example, watching Youtube videos (something I enjoy) while walking uphill on a treadmill (something I am not fond of in the moment).
- The idea that habits form from the frequency in which we do them and not how long a time we have been doing them.
- Habit tracking and how it can be just as if not more satisfying than the end result.
- The idea that happiness is a state you enter when you don’t want to change anything.
- The concept of immediate reward and immediate punishment in regards to creating/maintaining good or bad habits.
I could quite literally go on and on about the things I loved about this book. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to everyone! It was so interesting to learn about human behavior and primal responses behind habits in conjunction with simple, effective strategies on how to create good habits and lose bad ones.
If you haven’t already, definitely give this book a read. I included a link to the book on Amazon below. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out the Book Club page and my Instagram for next month’s book announcement and updates!