“Atomic Habits”

Luiggi Trejo
2 min readJan 27
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“Atomic Habits” is a self-help book written by James Clear, and published in 2018. The book focuses on the idea that small, consistent changes in behavior can lead to significant improvement over time.

Clear argues that traditional goal-setting and motivation strategies are ineffective because they focus on the destination and not the journey.

Instead, Clear advocates for building “atomic habits,” which are small, incremental changes that are easy to implement and maintain.

He also emphasizes the importance of creating a system of habits, rather than focusing on individual goals, and provides practical advice and strategies for building and maintaining habits.

A system of habits

James Clear emphasizes the importance of creating a system of habits as opposed to focusing on individual goals. He argues that individual goals can be difficult to achieve because they often rely on motivation and willpower, which can be unreliable.

Instead, Clear suggests that by focusing on building a system of habits, you can create a path to success that is both consistent and sustainable.

Clear suggests that building a system of habits involves identifying the keystone habit, which is the habit that has the greatest impact on your overall success.

For example, if you want to be more productive, the keystone habit might be developing a morning routine that sets you up for success throughout the day. Once you have identified the keystone habit, you can then build other habits around it.

Another example is if your morning routine includes exercise, you might also develop a habit of preparing your workout clothes the night before.

Clear also emphasizes the importance of creating an environment that supports your habits. Let´s say, that you want to develop a habit of reading before bed, you might then create a reading nook in your bedroom, or keep a stack of books next to your bed. By creating an environment that makes it easy to engage in the habit, you are more likely to stick with it.

Clear also emphasizes the importance of tracking your progress. By keeping track of your habits, you can identify patterns and make adjustments as needed. This also allows you to celebrate small wins and stay motivated.

By focusing on small, incremental changes, and building a system that supports your habits, you can create lasting change and achieve your goals in a sustainable way.

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Luiggi Trejo

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