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Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

The Main Idea

"Atomic habits" are small habits which are part of a larger system, in just the same way as atoms are the building blocks of molecules. If you want to improve your life or your productivity in any area, don't look for quantum leaps. Instead, make tiny changes – even 1 percent improvements – to your daily habits. Those little changes when combined over time can produce dramatic improvements.

There is a four-step loop which underlies all human behavior and which when repeated leads to the formation of new habits. That loop is: To build better habits and generate small improvements which will compound to generate sizable gains, the four laws are:Goals articulate the results you want to achieve but what's more important are the processes and systems you use to try and achieve those results. Your habits will make up those systems. Use these laws to upgrade your habits and you automatically change your trajectory and achieve more.

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.
James Clear

About the Author

James Clear is a writer, behavioral science expert and keynote speaker. His articles have been published in the New York Times, Entrepreneur and Time as well as being featured on CBS This Morning. He specializes in speaking about habits, decision-making and continuous improvement. He regularly gives keynote addresses to Fortune 500 companies and is often used by professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA and MLB. He is the founder of The Habits Academy, an online course for habit formation.