Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Hardcover)

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Hardcover)


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When I was a kid, I read all the time…..I mean all the time. If my mom told me to clean my room, I procrastinated by shutting my bedroom door and reading. If I woke up from a bad dream in the middle of the night, I took my mind off being scared by reading until I fell back asleep. Once I got into college and had to read required books, I lost the drive to read for fun, but once I graduated I discovered my passion for reading again. Enter a full time time job and starting a family and once again my reading took a back burner to life.

Back in 2018 and most of 2019, I was only finding the time to read a few books a year. Now I’m reading about 90-100 books a year. There are 2 main contributors to how I got I got to this point and how I built an “ATOMIC HABIT” around reading.

I read a Harvard Business Review article called “Want to Read Books More? Read Your Phone Less” which was adapted from this article by Neil Pasricha that I also found hugely useful. I needed that reminder that the only way you can truly avoid being pinged and distracted was to put my phone down and pick up a physical book.

Secondly, I read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear at the start of 2019. James says “All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger.” This really resonated with me because during the 2 week Christmas vacation of 2018, I read 7 books while home from work.

After that I made two conscious decisions: 1) That I would start repurposing my time spent on YouTube and social media for reading and 2) That I would start participating in the Goodreads app annual reading challenge to track my progress. Since I was able to read 7 books in 2 weeks, I challenged myself to read 15 books in 2019. That year, I ended up reading 44 books. I was hugely motivated. So, in 2020 I challenged myself again to read even more and at the start of the year I targeted to read 52 books; 1 book per week. I am proud to report that I was able to read 93 books in 2020!

This year I am pushing my goals once again to read 100 books, 7 more than last year. I am on track and have just finished my 84th book. One of the concepts that James Clear talks about is habit tracking and I have found that to be so motivational for my progress. Seeing that I am meeting and exceeding that reading goal I set for myself pushes me to keep it up and stay on track.

  1. Make it obvious
  2. Make it attractive
  3. Make it easy
  4. Make it satisfying

 Here’s how I manage those for achieving my reading goals….

Make it obvious – I have books all around my house to remind me of what’s important to me. My husband bought me 2 more bookcases for my birthday last year because I literally had books piling up around the house. :) I always have at least 4 or 5 books that I’m reading in parallel on my table where I work.

Make it attractive – Joining communities of like minded, passionate readers keeps me excited about reading. Following friends on Goodreads and having a Bookstagram (sub-community in Instagram of bookish people) account inspires me to read more, read diversely and read every day (there’s that habit!!).

Make it easy – I read every way someone can read – physical books, e books, audio books. Most of the time I have all 3 versions and I read the book while listening to the audio book at the same time. I can always continue my reading journey no matter what I’m doing or where I am. If I’m driving, I pick up where I left off in the audio version. If I’m in line at the store or waiting for water to boil for dinner, I’m reading on my Kindle app on my phone. I take any opportunity to read a few more pages.

Make it satisfying – Tracking my reading progress makes it extremely satisfying for me! I love checking off that I read each and everyday. At this point, I have made it such a habit that it’s not even a conscious decision to do it anymore.

The last part of James’s book that really hit with me was the idea that “True behavior change is identity change.” Instead of looking at habit formation as I want to read more, my identity is now that I am a reader! Period!

At work, I created a virtual book club and run discussions on leadership and development books. I’ve definitely run many sessions on Atomic Habits. :) My friends, family and co-workers know that if they are looking for a book recommendation, if they come to me, they’ll walk away with more than one. Integrating that identity as a reader into all aspects of my life has been hugely powerful to keep my focus on what is very important to me. Growing, developing, diversifying and expanding my perspective and most importantly continuously learning to build empathy for others.

I credit Atomic Habits by James Clear with driving me to be better and continue to be better little by little everyday.

— Erin Dewsbury-Ribeiro, Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center, Ypsilanti, MI

The #1 New York Times bestseller. Over 15 million copies sold!

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
  • make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
  • overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
  • design your environment to make success easier;
  • get back on track when you fall off course;
...and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.
James Clear is a writer and speaker focused on habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits. The book has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Clear is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work has been featured in places like Time magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on CBS This Morning. His popular "3-2-1" email newsletter is sent out each week to more than 3 million subscribers.
Product Details ISBN: 9780735211292
ISBN-10: 0735211299
Publisher: Avery
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English
Wall Street Journal bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publisher's Weekly bestseller
One of Fast Company's 7 Best Business Books of 2018
One of Business Insider's Best Self-Help Books of 2018

"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distills the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less."
-Mark Manson, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
“James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.”
-Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

"A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life."
-Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy

“As a physician attempting to help my patients build healthy habits to decrease and reverse chronic disease, Atomic Habits is the playbook I have been searching for. Not only does the book offer actionable items I can teach my patients, I can refer them to read and implement the ideas themselves. The format is powerful and simple. This should be taught in all medical schools.”
-Laurie Marbas, MD, United States Air Force veteran

Atomic Habits was a great read. I learned a lot and think it’ll be helpful to a lot of people.”
—Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine
“Useful new book”
Wall Street Journal
“In Atomic Habits, Clear will show you how to overcome a lack of motivation, change your environment to encourage success, and make time for new (and better) habits.
Atomic Habits is a great book for anyone who is frustrated with the way they can’t seem to kick that one (or two dozen) bad habit(s) and wants to finally achieve health, fitness, financial freedom, great relationships, and a good life.”
“Excellent. Well worth the read.” 
–Benjamin Hardy,