Atomic Habits can help you improve every day, no matter what your goals are. As one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, James Clear reveals practical strategies that will help you form good habits, break bad ones, and master tiny behaviors that lead to big changes.
If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. Instead, the issue is with your system. There is a reason bad habits repeat themselves over and over again, it’s not that you are not willing to change, but that you have the wrong system for changing.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems” – James Clear
I’m a huge fan of this book, and as soon as I read it I knew it was going to make a big difference in my life, so I couldn’t wait to make a video on this book and share my ideas.
Here is a link to James Clear’s website, where I found he uploads a tonne of useful posts on motivation, habit formation and human psychology.
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Lessons you will learn from reading Atomic Habits
- How to make time for new habits ;
- How to overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
- How to design your environment to make success easier;
- How to get back on track if your habits break down
- How to overcome the plateau of latent potential
★★★ TIMESTAMPS ★★★
01:32 Atomic Habits
07:15 Law 1 – Make it Obvious
11:06 Law 2 – Make it Attractive
15:38 Law 3 – Make it Easy
18:13 Law 4 – Make it Satisfying
21:35 How I personally use this book
Become 37.78 times better at anything using the principles of atomic habits, as outlined in James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits.”
- Identify your desired outcome. In order to become 37.78 times better at anything, you first need to know what it is you want to achieve. This might be a specific skill or ability, a personal goal, or something else entirely. Clearly defining your desired outcome will help you stay focused and motivated as you work towards it.
- Make small, incremental improvements. Instead of trying to make massive changes all at once, focus on making small, incremental improvements on a daily basis. These small changes may seem insignificant at first, but they can add up to significant progress over time. This is the core idea behind the concept of atomic habits – that small, consistent actions can lead to huge results in the long run.
- Set specific, measurable goals. In order to track your progress and stay motivated, it’s important to set specific, measurable goals for yourself. These should be SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. For example, instead of just saying “I want to become a better musician,” you might set a goal of “I will practice guitar for at least 30 minutes every day for the next month.” This specific, measurable goal gives you a clear target to work towards and allows you to track your progress along the way.
- Create a positive feedback loop. As you make progress towards your goals, it’s important to celebrate your victories and use them as motivation to keep going. This creates a positive feedback loop – the more progress you make, the more motivated you become, which leads to even more progress. On the other hand, if you’re consistently falling short of your goals, it can be demotivating and lead to a negative feedback loop.
- Remove obstacles and distractions. In order to make consistent progress towards your goals, you need to eliminate as many obstacles and distractions as possible. This might mean setting boundaries with friends and family, finding a quiet place to work, or blocking out time in your schedule specifically for working towards your goals. By removing these distractions, you’ll be able to focus on your goals and make steady progress towards achieving them.
- Seek accountability. It can be easy to lose motivation or get sidetracked when you’re working towards a goal on your own. That’s why it can be helpful to seek out accountability from others. This might mean finding a mentor or coach, joining a support group or accountability partner, or simply sharing your goals with a friend or family member who can check in with you and help keep you on track.
- Build good habits and eliminate bad ones. In order to become 37.78 times better at anything, you need to build good habits that support your goals, and eliminate bad habits that hold you back. This might mean setting aside specific times for focused work, creating a consistent routine, or finding ways to make your goals a part of your daily life. On the other hand, it might mean cutting out activities that waste your time or drain your energy, or finding ways to overcome procrastination and other productivity-sapping habits.
- Stay patient and consistent. Improving at anything takes time and consistent effort. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results – instead, stay patient and focus on making consistent progress over the long term. This might mean setting small, achievable goals and gradually increasing them as you improve, or finding ways to stay motivated and engaged even when you’re not seeing the progress you want.