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Atomic Habits - Book Club: March


This month’s Book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. This self-help book provides a step-by-step guide to building better habits and breaking bad ones. The book explains that the key to making lasting changes is to focus on small, incremental improvements rather than trying to make big changes all at once.

Clear introduces the idea of atomic habits, which are small habits that are easy to implement and maintain but can add up to big results over time. He explains how habits are formed and provides practical strategies for building good habits, such as creating a habit loop and designing your environment to make good habits easier to follow.

The book also addresses common challenges people face when trying to build new habits, such as procrastination, boredom, and lack of motivation. Clear offers advice on how to overcome these obstacles and stay on track.

Overall, Atomic Habits is a practical and actionable guide to building better habits and achieving your goals. It provides a framework for understanding how habits work and offers concrete strategies for making lasting changes in your life.

Here are some key points:

  • Implementation intentions: These are specific plans that you make to execute your habits in specific situations. For example, "After I finish breakfast, I will meditate for 10 minutes."

  • Habit stacking: This involves attaching a new habit to an existing one. For example, "After I brush my teeth in the morning, I will do 10 push-ups."

  • The two-minute rule: This rule states that you should make your new habit take no longer than two minutes to complete. For example, if you want to start a meditation habit, you can start by meditating for just two minutes each day.

  • Environment design: This involves creating an environment that makes good habits easier and bad habits more difficult. For example, if you want to eat healthier, you can remove junk food from your pantry and stock up on healthy snacks.

  • Habit tracking: This involves keeping track of your habits to monitor your progress and hold yourself accountable. For example, you can use a habit tracker app or journal to record each time you complete your habit.

  • Keystone habits: These are habits that have a ripple effect on other areas of your life. For example, exercising regularly can lead to better sleep, more energy, and improved productivity.

  • Identity-based habits: These are habits that are aligned with your desired identity or self-image. For example, if you want to become a more disciplined person, you can start by making your bed every morning.

Overall, the book emphasizes the importance of creating small, consistent habits that align with your goals and identity, and using strategies such as environment design, habit tracking, and implementation intentions to make these habits easier to stick to.

How does this fit in the Hierarchy of Agency?

Take ownership of your habits and behaviors, develop a growth mindset, and understand the power of small habits and incremental improvements. The book emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for your actions and building habits that align with your values and goals, which is reflected in the idea of being Accountable to Yourself and owning your agency. Additionally, Finding Meaning is a key component of habit formation, as habits that align with your values and goals are more likely to stick. Finally, Leveraging Power is discussed in terms of building momentum and harnessing small wins to create positive change, which aligns with the idea of leveraging strength over safety.

Learn More About the Hierarchy of Agency Here!


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