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Day 221

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

10/5/19


I just finished Atomic Habits by James Clear.


To date, in 2019, I have completed 10 different books (13 total books read because I read a couple of them multiple times), which means I have probable read more this year than in the last 10 years combined (if you exclude graduate school required reading...and even then, it's close).


My last book, Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss took me entirely too long to read (Day 208), so somewhere during that eternity, I decided to commit at least 10 minutes a day (Day 192) to a reading habit. Quite fitting, considering Atomic Habits was the next up. I will admit that it took me a few days to get into the swing of things, and that I have missed a day here and there, but never 2 days in a row, and I finished Atomic Habits in less than 2 weeks.


Wow.


What a book.


James Clear has put together a very well written handbook to help people establish good habits and break bad habits in addition to other ideas about what type of habits an individual might pursue . Throughout the book, Clear also provides links to a number of different tools designed to assist you on your quest to freedom through the development of productive habits.


Each of Clear's strategies are supported with stories from people at the top of their fields in many different disciplines. These stories illustrate how their habits helped them accomplish their feats.


I particularly like Clear's thoughts about goals versus systems. Goals are great, but without the appropriate systems in place to help you reach them, luck is your only hope. And when you rely on luck, you are almost certain to find yourself disappointed.


I'll leave you with this quote, one of my favorite lines from the book, from chapter 19, "...it doesn't matter what you are trying to become better at, if you only do the work when it's convenient or exciting, then you'll never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results."


Pick up a copy of Atomic Habits. You'll be glad you did.


Next up, Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon.


Also, if you feel so inclined, feel free to check out other books I've reviewed here.




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