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Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

By James Clear
Atomic Habits

Review:

I thought I understood what habits are and how they work, this book proved that I had no idea.

I think the term habit is used often but very few of us understand what they are, how they are formed, and why some people seem to be able to develop healthy ones while others only seem to have bad ones.

Habits are incredibly important and useful in every aspect of our lives.

In every chapter I learned something fascinating, the content is golden but that’s not all, the author was nice enough to include cheat sheets and templates that you can download and use to get the most from your habits and develop new ones that will benefit you.

I could talk about this book for several hours but I’m going to share some of the things I found I wish I knew years ago:

“The effects of small habits compound over time. For example, if you can get just 1 percent better each day, you’ll end up with results that are nearly 37 times better after one year.”

A habit formed according to how many repetitions are done, and not for how long.

“Habits can be completed in a few seconds but continue to impact your behavior for minutes or hours afterward.”

Our human brains are wired to prioritize immediate rewards (instant gratification) over delayed rewards, however, in recent centuries our lives have become filled with delayed choices such as career planning, retirement planning, etc.

If you were like me and thought you understood habits, I highly suggest getting this book and giving it a read. Everything you thought you knew can be turned upside down.

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