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Atomic Habits Book Review: Must-Read If You Want to Build a New Habit

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Last week, I read Atomic Habits… for the second time. And it felt as insightful as the first. Possible, this is the indication of a new habit of reading books more than once.

James Clear’s Atomic Habits is a definite guide to building habits. Actually, it’s one of the best books on habits. It's ultimate.

So, here’s my Atomic Habits book review in one sentence:

My Rating:


“Must-read if you want to build a new habit.”

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James started the book with how his athletic career was cut short by a serious injury. It forced him to re-evaluate his priorities.

He got entry into his college baseball team again. It was here that he started implementing small, daily habits to help him move forward.

He made a journal of his daily routine and the changes he implemented. This series of small changes ultimately led him to create a model for success. He called this system of cultivating a series of habits as Atomic Habits, which he published in the book.

Atomic Habits Book Review Image - Must-read if you want to build a new habit.

Read these 39 Atomic Habits quotes that will inspire you to work on your habits

What is Atomic Habits book about?

Atomic Habits is one of the best habit building books out there. It’s a practical and actionable guide on how to build good habits and break bad ones. James focuses on creating a system to build the habits you want.

The idea is that if you want to run every morning, you should keep your shoes by bed. If you want to eat healthy, healthy foods should be within reach. If you want to drink more water and avoid soda, keep water at more prominent places than soda... and so on.

Check the summary of Atomic Habits here to get the gist and main points of atomic habits.

You have to, of course, exercise some self-control. But the environment, your routine and your personality itself also affect your decision to change habits. And that’s what one thing I would like to emphasize in the Atomic Habits review.

Atomic Habits Book Quotes Image - The environment, your routine and your personality affect your decision to change habits.

Especially when you're in the early stages of building a new habit, you want the environment to be accessible. As James pointed out, we humans are inherently lazy.

Atomic Habits also busts the myth that (only) consistency is the key to building good habits (or bad). Only having the motivation isn't enough to build or break a habit

What is the main point of Atomic Habits?

The main point of Atomic Habits is that making small, incremental changes over the years can turn into significant changes.

Atomic Habits Book Quotes Image - Changes that seem small and unimportant, compound into remarkable results if you stick for years.

Is Atomic Habits easy to read?

Yes, Atomic Habits is easy to read. James Clear has a clear and concise writing style. He has distilled complex concepts into easily understandable language. Throughout the book, you’ll find numerous anecdotes and real-life examples that help illustrate his points.

The book is organized in a way that builds upon each preceding section. It introduces new and complex concepts gradually.

Also, instead of just theory, Atomic Habits is filled with actionable advice. The book includes diagrams and visuals that make the concepts easier to grasp.

Is Atomic Habits worth reading?

Yes, I’ll say Atomic Habits is definitely worth reading. If you want to read books about habits, this is the one to start with.

The tips are worth implementing. All the personal experiences and other stories are backed by scientific concepts and surveys. The Atomic Habit book isn’t a time waste. That’s for sure. I guess that summarizes my review of Atomic Habits book. For me, it’s the best book on habits.

Sometimes, the book does get repetitive, but maybe that's the beauty of it. The more you hear about something that works, the more you believe it actually works.

After all...

Atomic Habits Book Quotes Image - The holy grail of habit change is not a single 1 percent improvement but a thousand of them.

Other FAQs about Atomic Habits

Who should read Atomic Habits?

The book Atomic Habits is one of the good habit books. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to build a new habit but constantly fails. It’ll motivate you and inspire you to try, and it will also help you find the reasons you’re failing at something.

What genre is Atomic Habits?

The Atomic Habits book is a best-selling title in the self-help genre. It’s all about building better habits and improving productivity.

Why Atomic Habits is a must-read?

Atomic Habits is among the best books about habits. And here are a few reasons why to read Atomic Habits:

  1. Offers a foundational understanding of the science of habits.
  2. Emphasizes the power of small, incremental changes.
  3. Provides actionable steps and strategies for habit formation.
  4. Uses relatable real-life examples to support insights.
  5. Addresses the role of environment, community, and systems in shaping behaviour.
  6. Discusses challenges and solutions in habit formation.
  7. Encourages a mindset shift from goals to systems.
  8. Has principles applicable to multiple life aspects.
  9. Has received widespread positive reviews.
  10. Presents timeless content relevant for any era.

Does Atomic Habits work?

Yes, it does. The Atomic Habits’ writer, James Clear, emphasizes on daily 1 percent growth. He says that habit change comes with not a single 1 percent improvement but a thousand of them. That’s what is known as the Atomic Habits 1 percent rule.

What to read after Atomic Habits?

If you enjoyed Atomic Habits by James Clear, here are a few books to read after Atomic Habits:

  1. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
  2. Deep Work, by Cal Newport
  3. Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck
  4. Drive, by Daniel H. Pink
  5. Make It Stick, by Peter C. Brown
  6. The One Thing, by Gary Keller
  7. Switch, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  8. The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
  9. Nudge, by Richard H. Thaler
  10. Grit, by Angela Duckworth

These books offer a unique perspective on habits, productivity and self-improvement. And they might provide you further insights and strategies to complement what you learned in Atomic Habits.

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