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Atomic Habits by James Clear


I started this one over the weekend and consumed it in a few short hours. It had been on my TBR for ages but I’d never got round to actually reading it. But last week, it was recommended to me by a very trusted source and it was a recommendation that came at just the right time.

I’ve been really thinking about the way my mind works lately and specifically, about why I do certain things that I do — the good and the bad. My habits; I just didn’t really think of them in that context at the time.

When we think of our behaviours and our habits, there’s often an air of acceptance about them. I’m just wired this way, it’s just what I do, it’s who I am. In Atomic Habits, @jamesclear reframes habits — it’s not that we aren’t successful in stopping our bad habits because we don’t want to — we might want to very much. It’s because our system is at fault. But, he explains, we can in fact fix our systems and set ourselves on a path of good habits, which will form the incremental steps that lead us to positive change.

There was a lot about this one that I found really helpful — and many mantras I’d like to write up on post-its and stick all over my house. I love Clear’s notion of habit stacking — of slotting in positive habits into your routine from waking up and breakfast time until the end of your day, ensuring they have a firm place in your schedule, ensuring that they do, indeed, become habits. I also really enjoyed his writing on talent v genetics and how these two work — or don’t work — together. 

Will this book change my life? I only finished it yesterday so as of yet, who knows. But I know for sure there are things about my thought processes and my habits that I want to change and that Clear has the tools here that could help. Time will tell — but it’s about starting small — atomically small — every single day.

Have you read this one? Did it change your life? I would love to know what you think! ~ S 

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