1/20
MY TAKEAWAYS FROM ATOMIC HABITS by @JamesClear

A
spectacular book that focuses on building HABITS following SYSTEMS to achieve RESULTS - Instead of the traditional GOAL BASED approach.

It's a highly engaging read with plenty of practical examples .

#BookRecommendation

2/20
Your OUTCOMES are a lagging measure of your HABITS . Although difficult to appreciate on a daily basis , they MATTER IMMENSELY.
Change your habit ,to change the outcome.

It doesn't matter WHERE you are currently,
CHANGE YOUR HABIT TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF YOUR LIFE!👇
3/20
You do not RISE to the level of your GOALS .You FALL to the level of your SYSTEMS .

Why so ?

Both WINNERS & LOSERS have a Goal . What then sets them apart ?

It's having a SYSTEM in place.
Systems are forever & they result in continuous SELF IMPROVEMENT .
4/20
Reaching a goal may give rise to emptiness or targetting another goal.
But that isn't the case for systems.

Hence GOALS - OVER RATED SYSTEMS - UNDER RATED

2 small examples on my system based approach for self improvement.

#booklovers

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5/20
Your identity emerges out of your habits. Every action is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.

Despite knowing better we find that
changing our habits is challenging because :
1) We try to change the wrong thing
2) We try to change our habits in the wrong way.
6/20
The 3 layers of behaviour change
1. Outcome change: WHAT we want to change
2. Process change: HOW we want to change
3. Identity change: WHY change.
(Most important)

A Behaviour that is incongruent with the self will not last.
Why ?

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7/20
The book then presents

* The science of HOW habits work
* The HABIT LOOP
* The 4 laws of BEHAVIOUR CHANGE.(Different methods to help BUILD Good habits & BREAK Bad ones.)

With the help of many examples to understand how to go about things, the possible problems etc.
8/20
Fun fact ! 🙃🙂
We don't need to be aware of the CUE for a habit to begin. No conscious attention is needed.
This is what makes habits USEFUL .

But then THIS IS ALSO what makes them DANGEROUS !
As the MORE we repeat these patterns, the LESS likely we are to question them!
9/20
I liked the concept of #HabitScorecard which helps in becoming more aware of your behaviour.

* Enlist habits
* Rate them
* Create a Habits Scorecard
* Observe events as is
* No criticism . No appreciation
* Acknowledge
* Work towards betterment
* Review
10/20
#ImplementationIntention helps in planning out beforehand WHEN & WHERE TO ACT & thereafter STICKING to them .

SPECIFICS matter as most of us lack NOT Intention , BUT CLARITY.

*Helps in saying NO.
*Ensures FOCUS.
*Helps in TIME MANAGEMENT.
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11/20
1 concept I loved was #HabitStacking - Adding new habits to existing ones.
Used to do this unknowingly but it's more fun incorporating it KNOWING HOW to go about it !!

Eg :
*Find something good - Appreciate it.
*Read something good - Make Notes of it.
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12/20
Some other Interesting aspects worth deliberating upon

* Make the CUES of GOOD HABITS obvious & BAD HABITS invisible.
* Easier to AVOID temptation than RESIST it. ( ESPECIALLY FOR MARKETS)
* Habits once formed are unlikely to be FORGOTTEN.
* Use of Temptation bundling.
13/20
Essentially we imitate the habits of 3 groups
* The Close
* The Many
* The Powerful

Each group offers an opportunity to leverage the 2nd law of Behaviour change & make our habits more attractive.
A very under rated concept I believe!
14/20
Another interesting aspect is
HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE WITH LESS EFFORT .

Seems difficult right ? 🤔

Here's where practising environment design comes into play.
Habits are easier to build when they fit into the flow of your life .
Reduce #friction.

Try it out !!
15/20
The TWO MINUTE RULE blew my mind away .
Such a simple but profound concept !

*Basically START SMALL .
*Keep it EASY.
*STICK to it.
*ITERATE.

A NEW HABIT SHOULD TAKE LESS THAN TWO MINUTES TO DO.

Gradually SCALE UP towards your GOAL .
Worked brilliantly for me!
16/20
Few other methods discussed to develop habits include :

*Habit Shaping,
*Automating a Habit
*Habit Tracking
*Goldilocks Rule etc.

We might have already practiced a few of them without knowing the technical basis behind it.

#MethodsToDevelopHabits
17/20
The secret to maximising your odds of success is to choose the RIGHT FIELD OF COMPETITION.

We all are born with different abilities .
Our environment determines the SUITABILITY of our genes & the UTILITY of our natural talents.

COMPETENCE is dependent on CONTEXT.

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18/20

However, Habits dull you.
Sticking to your habits and following the underlying processes & fighting monotony when there is no motivation is tough.

Doing it repeatedly shall SET YOU APART from the amateurs & make you a professional.

FALL IN LOVE WITH BOREDOM !
19/20

1% WORSE EVERY DAY FOR 1 YR vs
1% BETTER EVERY DAY FOR 1 YR

When you look back over a decade the VALUE of GOOD HABITS & the COST of BAD ONES becomes strikingly apparent !!
This is WHY understanding DETAILS is essential.

Keep up the habits & REFINE them as required.
20/20
To sum it up ,

An Atomic habit is a little habit that is part of a larger system.
Just as atoms are the building blocks of molecules , #AtomicHabits are the building blocks of remarkable success!

A SHEER MASTERPIECE!

Thanks for this @JamesClear !

#BookReview
#books

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