Review: Keep your Resolutions with Atomic Habits

James Clear’s manual from 2018 helps readers to break their bad habits and create new ones.

Ruby Winter
27th March 2022
Image: Goodreads, Flickr
Atomic Habits, first published in 2018, tends to find itself in a range of ‘That Girl’ Tiktoks, Youtube videos and Pinterest posts still today, and for good reason. James Clear’s manual on making good habits and breaking bad ones provides ‘laws of behaviour change’ to help you break your bad habits and create new ones. 

Three months on from January, New Year's Resolutions have dropped from our minds. Running three times a week might now be walking to and from lectures, or more likely, walking to and from the kitchen. However, Atomic Habits can provide you with the opportunity to try to pick these resolutions back up and hopefully incorporate them into your lifestyle. 

The four laws of behaviour change: make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy and make it satisfying can be used to introduce new habits into your life. Similar to images seen on Pinterest of the ‘That Girl’ trend, you might want to enjoy healthier snacks during the day. If so, you can use these laws to do that. The law I’ve found to be the most useful: make it obvious. For example, you could keep fruit on the side so you can see it and are more likely to reach for a banana or apple rather than co-op cookies. The night before I wanted to do a workout, I laid out my gym clothes and trainers on my desk. This also helps with the third law, ‘make it easy’. 

The four laws of behaviour change: make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy and make it satisfying can be used to introduce new habits into your life.

Clear also makes use of David Allen’s ‘two-minute rule’; something we could all easily implement. If you wanted to read daily (and I’d definitely recommend starting with this book!), then first start by reading for two minutes a day. You can’t read any more or less. After two minutes, put your book down and move on with your day. Eventually, this will become something easily integrated into your day, everyone has two minutes after all. Once this becomes a habit you can increase this time and read for longer and slowly you’re becoming a regular reader!

If you want to introduce new habits into your life then Atomic Habits definitely needs to be on your Easter reading list.

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