“Atomic Habits” is a nice, short read. Sometimes you need a break from hefty books like Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile, or Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci. Nonetheless, I found the book interesting and informative.
James Clear brings a really good mix of his own personal experience, and relevant science – probably not as thoroughly as Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep, but then again the latter author is a sleep researcher.
Some of my key takeaways were:
- Habits are a way to make actions somewhat autonomic – imagine how much easier your life would be if all the necessary, tedious things were autonomic.
- You can’t just stop a habit, you have to redirect/replace it.
- Habit stacking is a useful technique to give habits more weight. For example I have some medication I must take every day. When I wake up, I’ve built a habit of having a glass of water, and onto that habit I stack taking said medication.
The book is written in a very approachable, first-person voice, and as mentioned earlier, it is quite a quick read. I thoroughly recommend it for you’re week’s commute, or a shortish flight.