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  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • Written by: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Categories: Self-Development
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,451 ratings)

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James Clear’s best seller Atomic Habits sets out to prove that improving your life doesn’t have to mean making enormous changes. You can make real, important changes with small alterations in your routine—waking up five minutes early, or doing two push-ups a day. In fact, Clear states that there are only 10 simple steps you need to take in order to create remarkable change in your life.

Clear himself narrates the book and as a frequent podcaster and a guest on countless talk shows, his compelling voice makes his life lessons easy to digest. The tips and methods you’ll hear are paired with real life stories of Olympic athletes, business bigwigs and leading scientists, demonstrating how Clear’s advice has been put into action by real people — and how you can apply these methods to improve your own day-to-day.

Publisher's Summary

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There's never been a better time to make a few tiny changes that will revolutionise your life.

A revolutionary system to get one per cent better every day.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions – doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.

In this ground-breaking book, Clear reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule, or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone) and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated, and happy. 

These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships, and your life.

©2018 James Clear (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distils the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less." (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.’ (Adam Grant, author of Originals)

"A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life." (Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way)

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Practical take on the habit loop, should be useful as a follow up read to Charles Duhigg’s Power of Habit

If you are looking to understand the habit loop, I would recommend you to start with ‘Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg. Atomic Habits provides a more practical take on how to utilise the habit loop to incorporate new habits or improve old ones into your daily routine. My key takeaway from this book has been to focus on habits that are true to my core personality. Also, willpower is not enough and often overrated. It is probably equally (if not more) important to design your environment which makes sticking to desired habits easier and following bad habits difficult. Two things can be improved in this audiobook: 1. The speed of narration could be slower. That would make it more pleasant to listen to. 2. I wish a pdf of all the different links that the author mentioned was provided. It was often difficult to find those specific articles online.

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Simple yet profound

I was intrigued by the title and was looking for practical tips to shift my own habits and patterns. In a deceptively simple way, this book delivers!

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trailblazer.

definitely worth a try. so go ahead give it a listen. you won't regret it

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A great insight into the difference between succes

A great insight into the difference between successful people and others... what appealed me was that successful people do get bored but it's their conviction of showing up to follow up on the habits that makes the difference! I am 44. This book came a bit late .... but late not 'not at all' ... it will benefit me and my daughter's ... thanks James!

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good book

for all those interested in self improvement this is a great choice. audio version is great

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Excellent Read !!

I have read lot of self-help books but this book got totally capitivated me till the end. Would love to read it again with a book next time. Also, I must say that the best book got the best narrator!

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Must read!

A must rear book for anyone who's looking to get into relentless yet easy and satisfying cycle of self improvement.

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It's really a good book.

For people who are struggling with procrastination, this book is for you. Loved it!

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Excellent book

Excellent book, narrated in a wonderful way. I acknowledge the author as the authority of this subject. Presented in a way that is acceptable to all, means believers and non believers. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Can be life changing

I always knew habit formation shapes your life, however how to form the right habits and stick to them is what this book talks about. Perhaps the best book on habits and routine.

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  • lynn madeley
  • 25-05-19

Probably one of the most useful books I have read

Well, listened to. This book really resonated with me. Yes it’s about creating good habits but the author is specific about how to create habits, and also explains how we self sabotage and why. He talks about the Habit of Action, amongst others, which I suspect should apply to 90 percent of us. The book is clear, practical and very interesting. Thoroughly recommended. P.S. I wrote this review as part of a new habit, because of this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-19

one of the best books about building good habits

I have read many books on habits, but this one specifically drives the message home. it talks about boredom and procrastination and gives suggestions on how to overcome it.

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  • Daren Denholm
  • 15-05-19

Wow wow wow ... amazing!

Thank you James Clear. What a work of art! A sacred discovery is will return to and study again .. many times into the future. Keep up the extraordinary work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-19

Incredibly practical aproach to creating habits

Amazing narrator. Uses really practical examples for you to create lasting habits for the rest of your life. Very clearly written and easy to listen to. I feel like I learned a TON listening to this book. 10/10 recommended to every one willing to create a better life for themselves.

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  • Mohan
  • 27-11-20

A good toolkit for better habits

Having read multiple books on productivity and habit formation, Atomic Habits came across as a practical, easy to implement toolkit. The approach the author takes to build up on each step of habit formation takes the reader to depth gradually. Summaries at the end of each chapter makes it easy for later referencing. Overall this is a great book to start off your productivity course correction. Happy reading!

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  • John Greenberg
  • 13-11-20

Can change your life

The book is high fidelity wisdom. Each page, if not paragraph offers real insights on the topic. The principal idea can be summarised as good habits in all domains are compounding, not additive. Learn how to apply this idea to your life and the lives of those you love.

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  • Simonne Sher
  • 31-10-20

I loved this book

I found it to be clear and concise. Great stories to highlight each point. Easy to follow. Step by step instructions. Very well written. I highly recommend it.

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  • Sergio Villamizar
  • 30-10-20

Sergio Villa

Hands on, practical and with mindset bases. Highly recommended and worth the time investment. Enjoy becoming the best version of you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-20

It was good I loved it.

I loved it. When a book is narrated by the author is always the best. Now is my turn to start with those good habits 1%. Hope he spent more time on changing bad habits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-20

Pure gold

First off, James stuck to the topic and each second of the narrative was of value and spot on... and the authors voice was very crisp and clear... friends this book is worth your credit, even more, so please listen, enjoy and utilize the material in your lives!… thank you James and Audible!…

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  • Mustafa Korel
  • 02-01-20

Sorry - I couldn't finish it

So, there's about four hours left of this book and I just can't do it anymore. I feel for the guy, James Clear, and his experiences, but this book is like ego-stroking, and the reader is supposed to take his lead. I just couldn't. It reads like a marketing tool to raise the authors profile. Perhaps, if the narrator was different, I might have stuck through it. Really, second chapter in and It feels like: James Clear wrote this book. James Clear narrated this book. James Clear marketed this book. James Clear. James Clear. James Clear. What about what the reader needs or wants? Or what the author promises? If you want atomic habits, instead of reading this try the '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by SR Covey. Better yet, do an internet search for habit development - it's more useful than this title two chapters in. This title pales in comparison, and new authors to this genre don't seem to have an ethical dilemma borrowing material from other well-respected theorists and researchers without crediting them. Great starting book if you're an early stage good habit developer, but like other modern titles, rarely state clearly that they are based on pre-existing theories (most of which work and which do not need tweaking or a new spin on the original idea) or that the title is an anthology of such theories borrowed from others.

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  • JamieN
  • 28-11-18

Incredible take on habits

I’ve read many books on personal development and this is hands down the best of the lot. I’ve never read a book so clearly constructed in terms of the workings of human behaviour combined with genuinely actionable takeaways. This covers easily manageable steps to address habit formation in literally any aspect of your life. I happened to be in a personal funk at the time of reading this and going through the motion stage of addressing the things I was struggling with (ironically reading lots of books but not doing anything with the knowledge) This book has given me a plan of action, a framework to build out the habits and identity I aspire to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

Amazing book but...

Honestly, if you’re reading this review-buy the book! It’s excellent and I’m on my second listen to it and have taken much away from my first time. Though I really, *really* wish it could be edited to take out the constant reading out of the full website address or even change it to “you’ll find it on the website”. I’m really surprised this wasn’t picked up before it made it to the final stages, it’s really annoying particularly in audio. On my second listen it’s beginning to get insufferable and I can’t help eye rolling each time even though the actual content is wonderful.

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  • Jared Parker
  • 14-09-19

Good

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  • cluelessgoon
  • 23-10-18

Not more of the same

I've followed James Clear's work for a long time and was reluctant to buy the audiobook thinking I already knew all of this. Whilst I did know most of what he was going to say he delivers the material beautifully, really bringing the topic to life and adding new context. Frankly I'm likely to grab the print version too.

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  • Bhoy1888
  • 23-06-19

Simple and easy

I 1st read this on my kindle and have utilised some of the ideas. After a period of time I felt the need to go through this again so opted for the audiobook. Easy concepts to follow with some quite obvious once read/heard. Decent narration.

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  • Mr. I. Ramdewar
  • 20-10-18

Very practical guide

The advice in this book is clear, concise and practical. Build the habits you've always wanted by following the advice herein, which is doled out in short bitesize chapters, each with its own summary. Clear reads his own book quite well so I can recommend the Audible version.

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  • ardentreader
  • 06-09-19

Some nice ideas - but a bit shallow

A bit of a mishmash of neat ideas and stating the bleeding obvious. He has quite a narrow definition of ‘success’ that seems to revolve around going to the gym, making money etc... still, some of it was thought provoking and useful.

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  • gareth hughes
  • 12-09-19

Not bad, a repackaging of a lot of other stuff

Narrator (and author) was very good. The book is a repackaging of multiple everyday concepts for life management. Worth a listen; there are some good ideas to pick up on.

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  • Anand
  • 06-03-19

Good...but not concise

Some great takeaways but lot of noise. This would have been an excellent 15 page article

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-19

physical copy would be more helpful with this one

i listened to this audiobook while otherwise engaged in manual work tasks. i would have liked to take physical notes or look at the presented methods and checklists so i could get them straight in my head to make best use of them. to that end, i do not think an audiobook is the best format for this book. The audiobook is good to run you through the simple ideas that hopefully make a great difference to your life if you create new habits to achieve your desired identity (as per book), but the physical book is better going to help you make sense of this and be easily able to refer back to. Having listened to the audio, i'm thinking i need to see a hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-18

You need this book. Yes, you! You need it.

I'm new to audible, and I came here because I heard James speak on a podcast with Louis Howes and I really liked what he had to say. The way James presents examples of different "bad" habits from an array of different people and how making a 1% change to your system today, tomorrow etc can alter your life within a week, a month, a year - is super powerful. I'm already seeing the difference in my system on a daily basis, and the benefits that they offer, simply not by making huge changes - but by making the small changes, and this book is a great guide in order to get you there. Thanks James!

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  • Michael Djukic
  • 02-01-19

Basic & common sensical

While there were some interesting methods to keep yourself accountable to changes, I was surprised to find that the majority of the advice is what I'd consider common knowledge. I suppose I may have done a lot of the work already in my life. There was not much in terms of a nuanced approach. To summarise this book in a sentence, 'start small, write down your progress, keep yourself accountable by telling others of your endevours' - there just isn't much more to it if you already know the basics.

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  • Fiona Sharman
  • 29-10-18

great in-depth but easy listen

this book is straight to the point with great examples and correlated with researched. because it is a short enough book I've listened through once, printed off the templates and going to listen again and implement some good habits! this book is definitely worth the listen for all, I've recommend it to everyone!

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  • Elena Williams
  • 08-03-19

The author annoyed me a lot, but actually OK

The author's constant self-promotion and look-at-me-I'm-so-awesome that is interspersed throughout this book actually made me angry. Around that though, I actually liked the material. The way he breaks things down is good and helpful and I'd actually recommend it with the above disclaimer. Like so many books in the genre: I wish the author would resist the temptation to go on about themselves. Sure, you can write it to make yourself feel good, but then *edit it out* before print. I'm going to keep giving books that fall in to this trap bad reviews.

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  • Suren N De Silva
  • 02-11-18

Worth every penny

Great book. Some very unique insights and a great deal of immediately actionable tips. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-18

don't normally give 5 stars

Well researched, almost all content without filler . engaging and relatable. will be recomending to my bestie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-19

Supplementary Material Not Included in Audible

Fantastic book, but supplementary material is not Included in audible version of the book, and I could not find it on the author's website. Do I now have to listen again to the whole book, just so I can write down URL of each file he references? Not happy.

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  • Eva Niedzwiedz
  • 27-10-18

The most actionable book I've ever come across

James Clear not only articulates honest and proven concepts clearly and in a way that's easy to understand, but offers examples, explanations and actionable steps for anyone struggling to make a positive habit stick or to kick a bad one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-18

Super helpful stuff here

I really like this guy and find his approach so easy to understand and follow. He’s also got a great voice to listen to. These are tried and proven methods for him, backed up by research and it makes sense. This will help anyone wanting motivation for creating positive habits and a better life. It started helping me from the first couple of chapters. I will relisten many times.

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