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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: Business & Money, Careers
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The instant New York Times best seller. Over one 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, 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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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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An enjoyable helpful read

I’ve read a lot of habit books and I still found this one to give me great usable tricks and tips. This is probably my favourite habit book.

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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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READ THIS BOOK NOW. LIKE, NOW!!

Excellent on many levels.

Habits and structure aren’t the sexiest things in the world. And after years of indoctrination, I found myself polarized from anything that felt restrictive.

What I am coming to know, greatly due to this book, is that my human brain can always be rewired. No matter how unsexy structure can seem, it IS the way for us to thrive.

It is in creating containers that we can flow freely through life. And maximize its level of quality.

Hugely recommended.

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  • Six
  • 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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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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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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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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clean and concise

I thought this book was well organized. It had great flow. I loved the summary review at the end of each chapter. I study behaviour, so I loved the more detailed explanations as to why we do what we do. I think everyone should learn that, it removes the guilt, fear and shame we seem to attach to our thoughts....when our thoughts are Normal.
Voice was good and enjoyable to listen to. I like the approach to habit changing. I look forward to putting this approach in action.

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Epic!

easy to understand and apply. the ultimate book for dummies on lifestyle improvement. highly recommend!

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  • Roger R.
  • 2019-08-30

He really wants you to visit his website.

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He really wants you to go to his website.

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  • Luke G.
  • 2019-05-04

Unable to use promised resources

When I went to atomichabits.com to get the resources to do the suggested work, I was unable to. I had to write him an email asking to use the resources/worksheets, because you have to send proof of purchasing the book just to get basic worksheets that correspond to the book. If I had access to the resources mentioned in the book, I would have given it an excellent review.

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  • Robert F. Jones
  • 2018-11-10

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-06

Short and To The Point!

Loved every part of it, powerful and useful hacks.
listened to it twice already and planning to make it a monthly read to keep my head on the game!
recommend it especially for those who struggle with procrastination ;)

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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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  • Kras
  • 2020-05-03

Great book!

A great book! I find it very useful. It will be a real help for people who are struggling with procrastination and cannot understand what is holding them back from achieving their goals and having the life they were always dreaming of. I will definitely apply the system for building my habits proposed in this book.
Thank you!

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  • AL
  • 2020-01-21

A MUST HAVE !!!

Easy to listen to, and so useful ! share it absolutely, don't be selfish. !

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-11-20

I was going to give a bad rate until...

So I was getting to the end of the audio book feeling unsatisfied. I was seriously thinking about giving a midd (or bad) rate.
But no, at the last chapter of the book James talk about the most important aspect of habits (for me) : being prisoner of its own good habits. It was short, and I would have loved more insights about that part. But it gave me enough to help me go through certain aspects of my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-27

a must listen to

a life changing book. well written, well documented with the right amount of anecdotes and short, repeated sentences on how to actually get it done.
with small but consistent steps, a nicer journey awaits.

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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!