Atomic Habits 📙
A review + summary of one of the most popular personal growth book of all times.
Hey there! This is a Book Edition 📗 — where I publish my review + summary of a famous non-fiction book in our space.
It is made possible by the book club in the community, where every two months we decide on some book to read in the engineering/management space, and we review it together in a live event at the end of the period.
You can find more details about the book club works below 👇
So, this time we have read Atomic Habits by James Clear, which has been on my backlog since… forever.
Personally, I am a creature of habit: as I have written in the past, I schedule all my tasks on my calendar, create recurring slots for ceremonies, and organize most of the things I do as routines.
So, as such, I was already familiar with James Clear’s work: I have been following him on social media for years, and I am subscribed to his newsletter.
This is a double-edged sword, because, as I approached Atomic Habits, I suspected I would be already familiar with most of its ideas.
It turns out I was wrong, and I loved it.
The book not only elaborates on James’ most popular ideas, but it presents them in a neat package that turns them from individual insights into a full-fledged framework. So 1) I learned new things, and 2) I understood better what I thought of knowing.
Here is what we will cover today:
🏃♂️ Why habits matter — it’s about identity and systems.
🧅 The three layers of change — a handy mental model to think about progress.
🪧 The fours stages of habits — how habits are about creating a problem and finding a solution
📖 The four laws of habits — how to manipulate the four stages to your advantage, to consolidate good habits and break bad ones.
📌 Bottom line — my final take on these ideas and the book itself.