Matt Jaworski

Atomic Habits - Book Review


August 14, 2021

Have you ever tried to quit a bad habit? Or have you ever struggled to make a good one stick? In ‘Atomic Habits’, James Clear shares an effective framework for forming habits that last.
Say goodbye to those missed New Year resolutions.

What are ‘atomic habits’?

Our life consists of habits. Just like atoms build the world, habits are the building blocks of our lives. And like atoms, in our day-to-day life, our habits go largely unnoticed.
At the same time, all those habits compound, combine and impact everything we do. These tiny changes in behaviour produce remarkable (or detrimental) results. Think of dripping water that hollows a stone.
Spending five minutes learning a foreign language won’t teach you much. However, if you learn it for 5 minutes each day for a year, this will compound to over 1800 minutes. And this is very much something.

Why is it worth reading ‘Atomic Habits’?

First of all, it’s a very practical book. The amount of ‘fluff’ is cut down to a minimum. Instead, James Clear provides 4 tangible laws that govern habit formation. Each of them features detailed sub-steps for easy implementation.
The author is also honest on ‘how these things work’.
It’s not some ‘get rich quick’ type of a ‘feel-good’ book filled with truisms and aphorisms. James makes it clear (hehe) that building a habit requires time. It’s more like a marathon, rather than a sprint. A sequence of small steps, not a leap.
Secondly, it works. If there’s something you’d like to be doing regularly (eg. exercise) it will make it easy. If there’s a bad habit you want to drop, like smoking or eating junk food, it will help you cut down and remove it.
I use it myself. The approach from Atomic Habits helped me reduce screen time and procrastination habits. I had a long break from reading books and regular exercise. Now they’re a part of my daily routine.
Oh, and did I mention that your habits and their results follow the rules of compounding interest? This means that the sooner you start, the more you’ll gain. And the less harm will be caused by your bad habits.
In other words, you’ll, slowly but surely, begin losing that weight you wanted to drop. You’ll start reading more. You’ll start smoking less. Or doing whatever ‘that habit’ means for you.

Who’s this book for?

Let me ask you a question.
What kind of person are you?
Maybe someone who likes to step up their game? A person who wants to drop a bad habit? Someone who wants to do more, achieve more or see more?
Or perhaps simply a person who wants to carry through on their next New Year’s resolution?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, this book is for you.
Good luck in building your atomic habits!