Goodreads Choice Award: Nominee for Best Nonfiction (2018)

Atomic Habits by James Clear
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear is packed with actionable steps for implementing life changes.

My Overview

This book offers simple and actionable steps implementing or changing daily habits. The main idea behind habit change, is the implementation of atomic habits stacked together to create systems. In a simple and engaging way, Clear thoroughly explains what it takes to maintain good habits, eliminate bad ones, and continually improve.

Through personal anecdotes and a myriad of examples, Clear provides a simplified process for implementing positive systems in one’s life. According to him, in order to implement atomic habits they must be:

  • Obvious
  • Attractive
  • Easy
  • Satisfying

While implementing good habits is important, maintaining them is essential. For that, I found Clear’s suggestions to make habits part of one’s identity and not skip them more than two days, most helpful. Both of those steps are key to staying motivated. Trackers are mentioned too, but they’re just not as helpful to me.

This book offers a helpful breakdown for implementing good habits, and will resonate differently with everyone. It’s actually my second time this book. When I read it in 2021, I appreciated the simple ways habit systems were broken down and summarized. Since then, I’ve implemented some of those systems. This second time around, I found it interesting to see how certain aspects of the book applied differently to my life now.

My Recommendation

I highly recommend this book. It contains actionable habits that anyone can benefit from in different ways. By the end of the book, you should feel motivated and prepared to implement some of the steps offered to implement habits and systems in your life. I’m glad I read the Kindle edition back in 2021, because there’s a lot of information I highlighted and took note of while reading. This second time reading the book, I enjoyed the audiobook which is read by the author.

Have you read this book yet?