Your Routine Revolutionized: A Review of James Clear's "Atomic Habits"

Atomic Habits by James Clear is an insightful book that provides practical strategies for developing good habits. He emphasizes the power of small changes, backed by research and personal experiences. A must-read for anyone looking to improve their productivity and well-being.

Your Routine Revolutionized: A Review of James Clear's "Atomic Habits"

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. How building useful habits, that can drive your life to unexpected heights
  2. Clear and understandable framework to implement habits into your life
  3. Examples of different experiments, prove that habits are much more contributing to your overall happiness than you might think

🎨 Impressions

This book was on my radar for around 2 years, but I gave it a try only this year. Last month I was mostly reading business-oriented literature and now I happily bounced back to productivity content. It is super easy to read, even considering, that each chapter has some scientific proof and a more in-depth look at what is stated in the headline. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of visualizations and graphs, that make info easier to leverage. Here are some of these:

Source: jamesclear.com
Humans perform at their best and feel the most motivated when they tackle tasks that challenge them but are still within their reach of skills and knowledge

How I Discovered It

I found out about this book on one of my favorite Youtube channels, where Ali Abdaal shares his book reviews. Afterward, I have done some proof-check on the web, and general reviews were somewhere around 4,9 out of 5, so this one went straight to my reading list.

Who Should Read It?

I suppose anyone, who wants to live a healthier, happier life and be conscious about what is going on every day. Important side note - this book does not work in the format of “just read and everything will fall in place”, a framework that is described here will do you good only if you tune it in your life.

💡 How my life/behavior/thoughts/ideas have changed as a result of reading the book

  • I have created a list of my habits and analyzed them
  • Next in my plan is to build up habits, that I need and have in mind by following tips, that James mentioned in the book
  • I believe the most important part, for now, is to identify harmful habits, that need to be deleted from my life. Some of them a blurred and may seem like nothing is wrong. For example, scrolling through social media, once I open screen time and see 2 hours on Instagram and then understand, that I am awake for 16-17 hours. It is 13% of my time wasted daily and results in 60 hours gone each month, whereas I could do something beneficial for myself, I hope you understand where this all leads to.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”
“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. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.”

Bonus material:

The recent appearance of James Clear on Tim Ferris's show is definitely worth checking out:

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