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I bought this book as I listened to an interview with James Clear on a podcast and found him interesting. His book, however was disappointing. It follows the typical self-help formula of common sense and old ideas combined with overly simplistic charts and celebrity anecdotes to remind you of what you already know.
That said, sometimes you do need the reminder. And I did pick up a few useful tips. So it’s worth the read. But don’t expect anything special.
Atomic Habits has some mildly entertaining anecdotes to pad out content that could probably fit one chapter. Nothing wrong with the advice for encouraging better behaviour.
Where it failed for me is the lack of help overcoming obstacles. "Make it easy to do" is the message. Fine if you have a busy job, children, an illness or a long commute. I once saw this summarised as "James Bond doesn't do housework."
Great practical book: deserves 5/5 for a useful recap of cue - craving - response - reward model of behaviour. Again 5/5 for highly useful practical suggestions on how to get some new helpful habits going, and how to try and extinguish some of the not-so-attractive ones.
This is lightweight reading, however. It is a noble relative to the awfully dumbed-down Duhigg on habits, but belongs to the same family. If you find word count filler frustrating, brace yourself. If you get a warm and comfortable feeling from academic literature, hold your nose and read Atomic Habits really fast. But do read it.
Finishing this book was like coming up for air. I'm so sorry, the sample was promising and I really wanted to like the book but it was endless drudgery to get to what could have been some very salient and helpful points that I'd ultimately lost interest in. I even moved from my Kindle Oasis to my phone to implement Word Runner in an effort to end the pain and it still wasn't quick enough on the fastest speed. I really did give it my best shot and dragged myself to 42% of the book but in the end I flicked through until I got to the Chapter Summaries which said enough and so I finished off what I'd started in a relatively painless yet dreary way. Sorry :(
I have been receiving James Clear's newsletter for several months so when the book got out I ordered the kindle version immediately. But while the newsletter is occasionally interesting, the book is rather empty. There's nothing new, it's just a rehash of other books on the subject. There is no new perspective, no new insights. And there's nothing atomic about it. I am really disappointed, and I could not believe that the book became an instant best seller. If you have never read anything about habit forming, you will benefit from this book. But if you have, I don't see what you can get from Atomic Habits. I am also becoming tired of all the personal success stories from book authors because they can't be applied to the layman. I found there was nothing to learn from James' baseball days, as I never was an athlete and never excelled in sport. Feels like the average reader can't do this. I have bought the audible and Kindle version and will return one of them, keeping the other just to be fair to the author