Audiobook, Books, Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great self-help book for people trying to figure out how to create and maintain good habits and avoid bad ones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I originally started listening to the audiobook version of this from the library, but soon realized that I really enjoyed how James Clear broke down a method to first create new habits and then additionally help them stick, all in small increments that seemed easy enough to accomplish goals. So then I bought a physical copy of the book to own, while I listened to the audiobook and took notes/underlined key passages that I wanted to remember.

I did enjoy most of the anecdotes the author includes to help explain his key points, but some of them seemed superfluous, thus I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5. For example, the anecdote about Benjamin Franklin and his journal-tracking, which is included in a chapter about not breaking the chain of habits that you’ve got going, is interesting but Franklin abandoned the project before he even got through all thirteen of his virtues. So cool story, but it didn’t actually help promote the idea he was trying to get across in that chapter if you dig for more information about that story outside of this book. Clear uses it to help promote an idea, but only uses the parts of the story about Franklin that supports his thesis, forgetting the other parts of the story that contradict it.

I like that the author includes some online extras, like templates for habit scorecards, habit trackers, and habit contracts. I think that a lot of his ideas will go hand in hand for people who enjoy bullet-journaling (which I do).

The author is also the narrator for the audiobook version. He has a clear voice and is fairly pleasant to listen to.

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