Atomic Habits Book Review

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Welcome everyone, this is my Atomic Habits Book Review. This was a pretty interesting book and I’m excited to tell you guys what my thoughts are about this book. There were a lot of interesting things that I was able to pick out of this book. It was also a good follow to the book I had just finished reading The $100 Startup.

If you haven’t read that book get that as well! I also just wrote a book review on that so check it out when you can. Both books talked about making your life efficient and finding good habits and sticking with them. Without spoiling the book any further let’s get to the summary and my thoughts on the book.

Book Summary

This book is very insightful and provides a lot of good ideas and systems on stopping bad habits and building good habits. James Clear provides a lot of real world examples on how each good habit can be built. Atomic habits is chock full of useful and actionable information about habits. The book discusses how and why we form them to how to break them and make them. Because of that I’ve decided to highlight my top takeaways and share with you the lessons I felt were the most profound.

The Good

What I liked the most about Atomic Habits is how James Clear broke down creating good habits into 4 Laws. Those 4 Laws being Make it obvious, attractive, easy,and satisfying. With those 4 laws Clear breaks it down further and explains how to set yourself up for success. He does that by stating that you not only have to have goals, which are good, but also have a system. Within the book he also mentions to be aware of motion vs action trap

This is mentioned by stating that Motion is all about planning and learning and theorizing. Action is all about deliberate practice to deliver an outcome. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of being in motion, and fooling yourself into thinking you’re making progress towards something. When really you are just making yourself busy.

One of the things that really stood out to me throughout the book was when James Clear talks about being in delayed returned environment. This could not be more true. I’ve made many decisions towards success without seeing any type of immediate success. Only to see the success happen much later.

The Bad

With all the good things that Atomic Habits offers, I will say that it does repeat a lot of other habit related books. Though it does go into more details, it gets pretty repetitive. That’s about all I can say about this book. That if you’re an avid reader of Habit related books, a lot of the topics in this book might sound familiar and be redundant.

My Thoughts

Once the book was announced and available it was a no brainer for me to purchase. To have all the concepts in one place and to go through the ideas in succession. One of the core concepts in Atomic Habits is to focus on the small improvement. The impact a 1% improvement per day can make may appear negligible at first, but Clear makes a compelling argument that in the case of habits, thinking small produces the big results over time. As get states in his book “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”

Atomic Habits Book Review

This is a must buy for anyone looking to gain the knowledge on how to build good habits. This is definitely a book that should in your library and read over and over again. His reference to the 1985-1986 Lakers team and the Career Best Effort Program Pat Riley implemented to win the 1986 Championship, was super insightful. I personally took a lot from this book and believe that that anyone looking to make that switch in life this is the book you need to read.


I hope my Atomic Habits Book Review was insightful and did the book justice. This was sincerely a great book by a great author. If you are struggling with getting your life in order, read this book. This book will help you get on track no matter what level you are at. Whether you are an executive or a cashier this book is a must-read.

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