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Atomic Habits

An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
Narrated by: James Clear
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Worth every penny

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

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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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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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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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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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very practical

great book. plenty of practical ideas to implement. recommend this book if you are interested in building good habits or change bad habits

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  • lynn madeley
  • 25-05-2019

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
  • 18-05-2019

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
  • 15-05-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-2020

The no bullshit guide to self development

First no bullshit book on self development that I read. Like how simple things build up to strategic level of identity

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  • Njabulo
  • 12-06-2020

Life changing

A little bit a little becomes a lot. This is a very practical and fun guide to change your life by making small adjustments.

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  • Junhua
  • 11-06-2020

Cool story, poor argument

Stories are well articulated but i am not sure if the points are fundamentally realistic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-2020

a huge advantage to my own growth

a huge advantage to my own growth couldn't stop listening to what he had to say, sound advice and tools to enhance your ability.

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  • Kishen. W.
  • 28-05-2020

Absolutely fantastic! In it’s sheer simplicity of effectiveness.

I came across James Clear on London Real and his interview with Brian Rose.
Got Atomic Habits on Audible and listened to it in two days.
What’s amazing about the information in the book is the clear path that it teaches you about building a life that you can actually be proud and happy with!

Simple, effective steps that most of us almost do everyday and then sometimes get lost.

This book shows you how to stay the course.

Loved it. Will definitely implement it. Read it!

P.s. James’ oration is a pleasant experience of enjoying the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-2020

Short and to the point, yet motivating.

Short and to the point, yet motivating. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is trying to improve their life.

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  • Jamie
  • 24-05-2020

The most influential book I’ve ever read

Simple as that. I’ve used these techniques in my personal life, business life, and more recently even in my parents life. Read it now and start getting better at life.

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  • Mustafa Korel
  • 02-01-2020

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
  • 28-11-2018

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
  • 08-02-2019

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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  • cluelessgoon
  • 23-10-2018

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
  • 23-06-2019

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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  • Jared Parker
  • 14-09-2019

Good

Some good ideas within the book, the authors voice is irritating after a few chapters but stick with it

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  • Mr. I. Ramdewar
  • 20-10-2018

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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  • Anand
  • 06-03-2019

Good...but not concise

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

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  • gareth hughes
  • 12-09-2019

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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  • Tim
  • 14-02-2019

If you only buy 1 book on behaviour change...

Make it this one ! I have worked in the field of behaviour change for over 20 years and this is the most comprehensive, consise and practical book I have read. Not only is it a great book about creating good habits and removing bad ones, it is also a great book about generally improving your life.

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