Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Posted March 6, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Non-Fiction, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Atomic Habits by James ClearAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Narrator: James Clear
Published by Penguin Audio on 10-16-18
Genres: Non-Fiction
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Libby
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
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. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.
Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.
Learn how to:*  make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);*  overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;*  design your environment to make success easier;*  get back on track when you fall off course;...and much more.
Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

I purchased and read this book for the first time about two years ago, after being recommended by several friends. It’s been selected by the book club at work so this time I decided to listen to the audiobook version, which is narrated by James Clear himself. I was a bit wary at first, as very often authors who decide to narrate their own books think it’s an easy task and fail miserably, but this was not the case. James’ narration was quite perfect in fact. A nice diction and rhythm, and the audio production was clean.

The first part focuses on the benefits of acquiring good habits and how your life can change thanks to small efforts, then it goes about to explain the different part of habits, how to build them (or to break them), and the last part is about optional methods that may work for some.

I enjoyed this book again and most of the advice and information about habits and how to achieve results. I found the explanations clear and concise, and the examples throughout the text make the information easily digestible. I may not agree 100% with what James Clear says but I stand behind most of his opinions. Making small improvements on a regular basis will deliver great results in the long run, making the habits visible will help more than motivation itself, and habit stacking is an effective technique.

Choosing your habits with the person you want to become in mind may sound attractive but we should also be conscious about who we really are and not getting distracted by everything shiny. Also, Clear mentions genetics as an important factor that may limit your habits but there are many studies about epigenetics affirming that it has more weight than just genetics, and epigenetic is helped through habits.

A book I would recommend to anyone into life-hacking or just wanting to tackle some new habits to have a better life.

Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars