Atomic Habits Takeaways

I set out to read Atomic Habits in June and am sharing my takeaways with you.

Why Atomic Habits?

Goal setting is something I’m passionate about. I enjoy setting targets and meeting them. However, I don’t meet every goal.

Sometimes, I procrastinate or don’t implement all steps to meet these goals. The real problem is that my habits don’t always support my goals.

When I researched goal setting, Atomic Habits was one of the most quoted resources.

In anticipation of learning more about how habits support goals, I purchased a copy of the book, which sat on my bookshelf for three years.

Enough was enough.

I went on social media and pledged to read the book and share the findings with my community. You can watch that video here.

The Atomic Habits Reading Schedule

The plan is to read 5 chapters every week in June with an update on Mondays.

Here’s the reading schedule:

Week 1 (June 2-8): Chapters 1-5
Week 2 (June 9-15): Chapters 6-10
Week 3 (June 16-22): Chapters 11-15
Week 4 (June 23-29): Chapters 16-20

Week 1 Takeaways: Atomic Habits Chapters 1-5

Chapter 1

  • Strive to make minor improvements every day. Identify the actions necessary to accomplish your goal and slight improvements on one thing daily.
  • Create systems. Systems help you meet goals. Identify what systems need to be in place to meet your goals and create them.

Chapter 2

  • Habits are about your identity. What do you believe about yourself? Who do you want to be? How do the two identities differ?
  • Habits reinforce your identity. Your identity determines your habits. It’s a loop.

Chapter 3

  • Our behavior is driven by a desire to solve a problem. Our habits are our brains’ way of automating that.
  • To change a behavior: make it obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying.

Chapter 4

  • To change a habit, you must first identify it.
  • Clear suggests creating a Habits Scorecard to identify “bad” habits. Labeling a habit as bad will be determined by its long-term effect on meeting your goals.
  • Another suggestion is Pointing and Calling. Say each action aloud along with its potential long-term effect as this may prevent you from taking actions that don’t lead to creating the person you want to be.

Chapter 5

To create a new habit:

  • Have an implementation intention. Be specific about the action you will take, where it will be done, and where.
  • Stack habits. Pair a new habit with an existing one. Choose a frequency common to both habits and a time when you have a higher chance of success.

Week 2 Takeaways: Atomic Habits Chapters 6-10

Coming Sunday June 16

Join me if you’d like or cheer me on from the sidelines.

Check this post next week as I add my takeaways for each week.

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