Charlie Tremendous Jones says:
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
So every year I like to start things off with a book that I hope can help me make this year better than the last. Even if it’s only 1% better. This year that lead-off book is James Clear’s Atomic Habits and I have to say: This one is fantastic.
If you look at my other reviews, you’ll notice I’m no stranger to the productivity book genre. Often those books have a lot of tidbits in common and while it’s not always ground-breaking material, there’s usually some redeeming value in the different authors’ takes on productivity tips. Atomic Habits, however, has a lot more practical useful advice than most. Quite a bit of it was new to me, or at least didn’t feel like a re-tread. I listened on audiobook, but I have it in hardcover as well, so this is going to be one I pull back out before long, because there is actual implementation advice here that I need to delve into a little deeper.
Generally, the ideas of Atomic Habits revolve around the idea that small changes add up. Not only are they additive, but they compound with one another. The concept of 1% better. Habit stacking. The 4 laws of creating a successful good habit (and the inversion so you can break already existing “bad habits.”) This sets you up for success. Minimizing your new habits. These concepts are gold, and they all work together to accomplish one extremely important thing: empowering you to become the person you want to be. To realize your optimal identity.
About the audio book: I have no complaints about the production quality of the Audible edition of this book. I will say that the charts and figures from the book are not included in a downloadable PDF as is usually the case. While these aren’t absolutely necessary, I do feel they’re very helpful. Though I am a huge believer in the power of audio books, I’m still primarily a visual learner. Flipping through the physical copy, the layout of the book is extremely well done and the figures are excellent.
(Note to James Clear: You mention links to your website as you’re reading the audio book, but honestly, this is absolutely useless as there’s no way to find that link after the fact. I suspect I’m not alone in that when I’m reading an audiobook, I’m generally driving, mowing, exercising or doing something else that precludes my ability to jot down a URL that is spoken quickly and then lost forever. I understand the desire to drive traffic to your website. So create a PDF file for Audible that includes these links and the diagrams so your audio listeners get the full benefit of your work.)
Final verdict: Atomic Habits is worthy.
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