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Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Written by: James Clear
Narrated by: James Clear
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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The instant New York Times best-seller.
One of Fast Company's 7 Best Business Books of 2018
One of Business Insider's Best Self-Help Books of 2018 

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, listeners 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.

©2018 James Clear (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"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

"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." (Glamour.com)

"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." (Medium.com)

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Excellent self improvement book

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, it was the first audiobook I finished in less than a week without getting bored. I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how we can make tiny changes to become great in every aspect of our lives. A must listen especially for the younger generations!

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An actually actionable self help book.

Don't think of this a self help book.
Here's why:
It doesn't drag out the same points over and over again.
It doesn't give you examples of super humans achieving super feats.
It doesn't give you a formula for success
It's not trying to "inspire you" that's BS and we all know it.

The recommendations are actionable. They're not weird either. Unfortunately, for the most part, we are the summation of our habits. Changing those habits....

Making the changes described in this book won't be trivial either. But there are some quick hits you can apply right away. It's a horrible cliche but you might call them "life hacks".

Now having used that phrase I'm going to put my head in the toilet bowl and start flushing.

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The ultimate 'how to change your life' manual.

This book complements my other favourite book 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg.

While 'The Power of Habit' answers the 'how' and 'why' of habit change and accompanies research, 'Atomic habits' shows us how to apply these changes with much needed everyday examples.

This book is basically a much needed sequel to the above mentioned book, complete with an instruction manual on how to initiate and stick with habit changes, along with other resources for a common person.

I'm glad I bought it and heard it start to finish.

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Astounding book!.

I can’t recommend this book enough.
James Clear gives a you a no nonsense approach to truly getting more from life.
It was a pleasure to hear twice. And I’m sure I’ll revisit it again in the future.

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  • 2018-12-29

worth the read!

Pleasantly surprised not all principals were entirely obvious. And those that were came along with practical application suggestions. Really enjoyed it. More importantly, I know I will benefit from this knowledge. Each chapter is summarized at the end but still found gems within the text. I'll be going online to access see of the tools. Check this out. you won't regret it.

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Best book I have listened to.

Atomic Habits is the perfect how to book with clear explanations and great illustrations. James Clear has a compelling, compassionate and kind voice. I think this is probably the best how-to book I've ever read and I will be listening to it over and over again. I have also subscribed to his website and newsletters and extras that he talks about in the book. I can't say enough about this book. It is a must-read

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Great book with real steps to better habits!

if you liked/loved the compound effect by Darren Hardy, you'll love this book too. It suggests real steps to help you get better habits in your life and acknowledge that it won't be easy. It gives good examples of other people who have done it before you and how they did it. I really enjoyed it and will probably listen to it a couple more times.

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Excellent and a lot of how to...

I really enjoyed this book as it was just as practical as it was informative. I really enjoyed going a bit deeper into the theory and having actionable steps attached. Well worth the time invested and a huge thanks to the Author.

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fantastic and simple ways to improve your life.

the idea of just improving 100 things in my life by 1%, and them compounding on each other is such a fantastic, and yet easily attainable thing. this is really well laid out, with very easy to implement ideas. strongly recommend

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Loved it

I can't wait to start implementing some of these tools to my own life and create some positive habits.

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  • Adam
  • 2018-10-26

The most helpful book I’ve ever read

This book not only helped me learn how to create lasting habits, but it helped me to give myself some grace over the fact that I haven’t been able to maintain many of my good habits up until now. I have spent years and years becoming so depressed over the person I’ve become; mourning the loss of the driven, accomplished teenager I once was, and wondering “how did I turn into this?” I’ve spent way too much time thinking that I was just becoming lazy, unproductive, and incapable of success - wondering why I didn’t have the grit and willpower I did when I was younger. But this book clearly explained the science of human behavior in a way that made me realize - I’m just like everyone else, EVEN SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE. The difference is that they know how to create situations for themselves to allow themselves to succeed. Now I know how, and I can’t wait to get to work. Thank you, James, for this brilliant book, and for being the light I’ve been desperately searching for to pull me out of this dark place I’ve been in. I can’t tell you how much it means to me!
Carli

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  • Robert F. Jones
  • 2018-11-10

Personal 2018.11

Two stars - meh
three stars - good
four stars - worth a second read
five stars - life-changing - my top 50 of all time

Went through twice sequentially - notations the second time. This summarizes the major topics of many of the books I've really enjoyed (Peak, Power of Habit) into a usable form.
Break habits into small parts, and focus on not breaking the chain. Seems so obvious, but it really shines in this format. Examples of both positive(carrot) and negative(stick) ways to apply the principles.
To change a behavior or establish a habit, make it:

1. Obvious
2. Attractive
3. Easy
4. Satisfying

Don't set goals, focus on habits that you want to incorporate.
Survivor bias - everyone who wins a gold medal has it as a goal, but so do all of the other competitors who didn't win. Every day you don't achieve the goal is a bit of a failure. Not so if the goal is the good habit itself.
So - instead of losing weight, focus on the habit of not eating between meals, and then on meal composition. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't snack. I'm the kind of guy who eats healthy. The weight will happen.
In the weight room - if you add only 1 lb per week, that's 52 lbs in a year. That certainly seems doable. Focus on the tiny habits.
A must read for anyone interested in making long lasting changes.

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  • 2019-01-24

New spin on old ideas with a complaint

Great book on habits. It contains information on how to create habits, keep them, and break them.

I was skeptical about another habit book but this contains original content.

My biggest gripe with the book is that the author constantly asks you to reference his website for more information. It often makes the book feel incomplete. I don’t like when it feels like a book is attempting to build an audience for another platform.

That being said I still recommend the book.


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  • NL
  • 2018-10-22

start here, if you are looking to achieve in life

I'll state this, this book should be read, then studied. I'll probably read this book twice a year until my life habits are conducive to the life I desire to live. many times we try to change but life gets in the way. the author provides a framework to overcome the mental aspect towards establishing the habits you want.

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  • David Weissman
  • 2018-10-30

Insightful, practical, fresh, and potentially transformative

I am only about halfway through this book (just bought it yesterday), but I couldn't help put in at least a partial review. I absolutely LOVE reading this! James Clear has a phenomenal understanding of human behavior, and specifically how our habits define our identities. For me personally, he has offered a completely new way for me to understand WHY I continue my bad habits when in my head, I know they're bad, and why I find it so difficult to start good habits. Furthermore, he offers very specific strategies for how to change those habits so I can make myself into the person I know I should be. It's not about "will power," "motivation," "perseverance," or any of those traits we so often attribute to people who kick bad habits and start good ones. Instead, it's all about behaving in a way most consistent with the person we wish to be.

As James Clear says, our habits are actually neither GOOD nor BAD. Instead, they are either consistent or inconsistent with our desired identities. If I see myself as a healthy and successful professional and happy father and husband, then I have to closely examine each of my current habits and ask myself if those behaviors are consistent with how I'd like to identify myself. If they are not, then I need to modify those habits. The specifics of how to go about doing that is where I am in the book now. I'll update this review in a few weeks (or maybe months), after I have finished the book and had a chance to try out the strategies. But for now, I feel like I'm having an epiphany, and I haven't felt this way about a book since...well...ever. Amazingly, after one day of reading only half of his book, Mr. Clear, a man who doesn't know me at all, has shown me more about my own behavior than any psychologist or therapist I've ever met in my lifetime.

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  • Glenn H.
  • 2018-10-17

Refreshing take on building good habits

This book was well written by James and presented in a way that anyone who applies the techniques to adopt good habits and stop bad habits can accomplish whatever they set their mind too. Some of the key takeaways for me are to start very small, whether it's doing 1 pushup on the way to doing 100, write for 5 minutes if you have trouble with writers block, start meditating for 1 min at a time if you cant sit still. All in all a fast read with very useful information.

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  • Danijel Teofilovic
  • 2018-11-24

Possibly the best book I read in 2018

I like the fact that author read his book. He read clearly and is easy to follow. I devoured this book in two days and will now focus on implementing he’s strategies. I love the included templates. I will most definitely listen this again during this week while I’m working on building my habit system.

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  • Tina Weetman
  • 2018-10-29

Great book except for missing website...

One of the best habit books out there. But the author makes reference to an atomichabits.com repeatedly in his writing and it does not appear to exist! When you search for it you end up at jamesclear.com which is not the same. So some of the resources he mentions using are no where to be found.

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  • PHM
  • 2019-03-15

Monotone performance and nothing concrete

I read or listen to a lot of self improvement books and was really looking forward to this one after seeing so many positive reviews. But this book totally missed the mark for me. For starters, the author narrated the book himself, and his narration was monotone, flat and devoid of ANY emotion or inflection. He droned on and on, making it difficult to stay focused (think of your most boring college lecture and multiply that by 10). Secondly, he had nothing new to say. I was expecting more substance and more examples of HOW to implement habits - but the book was mostly lists of what to do without any explanation of tips and strategies. For example, it’s pretty obvious that habits should be “attractive and easy and rewarding” (blah blah blah) to make them stick - but it was as if he was reading an outline to a book, even to the point that he would break down his rules into micro parts and list them as rule 1.1, 1a, 1b, etc. He would follow every list by saying “and for more on this, refer to my website”. But I painfully toiled through and finished the book so I could give an honest review. I can only recall one concrete example of habit implementation that he gave (a story about the British cycling team), and that was the only somewhat interesting part for me. He also spent the first part of the book talking about how great he was at sticking with his own habits. I would have had no problem with that (in fact I would have loved to hear it) if he had discussed specifics. But instead it went something like this - despite an accident he had in high school that he thought would end his baseball career, his incredible discipline and drive made him a star baseball player in college, where he got all A’s, worked out every day, and was awarded college athlete or the year. There was ZERO explanation or substance to offer the listener about the “how” behind his success. This book was a total waste of money and time for me.

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  • Kevin Riggs
  • 2019-02-05

Good Actionable Content

This was a decent follow up to Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit but not as engaging to me.

What Clear lacks, by comparison, in the narrative space he makes up for with an actionable approach.

This is a decent investment for the time required. I would suggest reading Duhigg first.

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  • Louis
  • 2019-04-02

meilleure application de la science des habitudes

Excellente narration. efficace et précis. a lire avec les autres livres sur les habitudes qui posent les bases scientifiques. ce livre est un bouquin d'application très efficace.

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  • E Reeve
  • 2019-05-02

inspirational

a great book, great advice given in bitesize chunks, well narrated. I highly recommend it!

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  • Legent V.
  • 2019-07-17

La narration est horriblement monotone

Le contenu est intéressant, mais le narrateur est horriblement monotone et platonique, il est vraiment difficile de suivre le fil des idées tant la voix du lecteur donne envie de dormir, c'est vraiment dommage. Je regrette mon achat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-26

The power of #habits

In this book, the author shows that becoming and epic performer relies less on an innate hability of doing things better than others. instead, if one can identify a field in which they are ready to invest time energy and all, they will become so good that they can't be ignored. the secret of it all relies on sticking to the right habits and building them over time and also getting rid of the wrong ones.

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  • nargisse saadi
  • 2019-10-14

Exceptionnel

Des méthodes très utiles pour installer des habitudes dans sa vie.
Ce livre est exceptionnel!