Confession time: I used to only read non-fiction books. I was a thirty year old who kept going back to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. (I know, I know-childish!) But, recently I’ve been on a bit of a self help kick, so I thought I’d put together a James Clear Atomic Habits book summary.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with or endorsed by the publisher or author, and am receiving no compensation for writing this article.
First off, the Atomic Habits book is very actionable. James Clear backs up all his methods with science and case studies, but it is written in a way that tells you exactly how to implement the strategies to start changing your habits.
James Clear Atomic Habits Book Summary
The book is structured into James Clear’s four laws of behavior change. You will likely recognize these concepts from operant conditioning if you’ve ever taken a psychology class. By manipulating the habit loop, you can encourage the behaviors you want in your life. The habit loop consists of the cue, craving, response, and reward. You go through this process (likely without even knowing you’re doing it) every time you perform a habit. This can be used for both creating good habits and for breaking bad habits.
Atomic Habits goes deeper into each of the four stages of a habit and how to use them to make desired behaviors more likely and undesirable behaviors less likely. Good habits are developed by making them obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. Bad habits are broken by making them invisible, unattractive, difficult and unsatisfying.
There is a lot of great wisdom in this book about how to set yourself up for success through your habits. I found it very interesting, insightful, and actionable. I recommend checking it out so you can learn how to shape your life with habits.