A Quick Atomic Habits Overview: How I Finally Became An Early Riser.
Did you know that the number one regret people have on their death beds isn’t something they did or didn’t do, but instead, it is wishing they had started each day earlier?
The book is a perfect combination of science and practicality. It’s not just a theoretical guide that tells you should do this or that, but it gives real-world examples and actionable steps all the way through. This book will tell you about the benefits of forming good habits in your life and tell you how to go about creating them.
What are Atomic Habits?
Atomic Habits are based on the idea that small changes are more effective than big ones for producing lasting change.
The method has a four-step process: define, measure, think and do. The idea is to start small and build the habit from there. If you fail to develop the practice, it’s not the end of the world because you can try again.
To make a change, you need to focus on one improvement at a time. Once you get into the habit of doing what is required to reach your goal, you can add another goal until you have built up a repertoire of healthy habits.
Why Atomic Habits are so effective
The first chapter of the book, and maybe the most important, is about finding the sweet spot between too specific habits and too broad ones.
In this chapter, you’ll learn how to create new habits that lead to a better life. In particular:
- Why it’s so hard to change your behavior (and what can you do about it)?
- How do you form good habits and break bad ones?
- How to form good habits even if you’re not motivated?
- The four steps for making any behavior change more manageable.
We all know that we should exercise and eat healthily, but why is it hard to change our behavior and diet?
Why do we procrastinate and keep doing bad things for us even when we know they’re bad for us?
And why do we keep eating that piece of cake or take another sip of wine even when we know our body will suffer the consequences?
The reason is simple. Changing your behavior requires enormous amounts of willpower and self-control, both of which are in limited supply. We can’t rely on willpower alone to help us make essential changes in our lives.
How to adopt new habits
One way to help you break a bad habit is to replace it with a new one. For an old practice to fade away, use a different action instead of it as your automatic response. The number one thing that helps people break a bad habit and start a new, healthy one is momentum. If you don’t channel the energy being used in perpetuating the unwanted behavior into something useful, you are that much more likely to find yourself back at square one.
Making a New Year’s resolution like “losing weight and exercising” or “eating healthier and having more energy” is not tangible. Instead, this year, come up with a resolution specific to you. Maybe it’s something you’ve already been considering for some time but never got around to committing to. Perhaps it’s something entirely outside of your comfort zone. The best way to make sure you will accomplish it is to break it down into manageable chunks. It’s sort of like how an entrepreneur would focus on small steps towards the big vision rather than coming up with a big picture first and then figuring out how to achieve it in bitesize chunks (actions).
Apply the ideas in Atomic Habits to your life
- It is surprisingly easy to get swept up in the complex waters of life without achieving one’s desired goals. It’s vital to keep at it, day by day, and make improvements step by step. By doing so, you will eventually achieve great things!
- Be it made in the gym or on a web project, we all have an immense capacity to reach our goals. Whenever you feel stuck and like you’re not making any progress, you may feel like giving up, but if you persist, one day, you will realize how far you have come.
- Goals are great, but the problem with making them the sole driving force of your life is that it’s never enough. No matter how much you accomplish, there will always be more goals to reach for and other areas to improve.
- When you adopt a stance of gratitude and generosity toward your projects, there’s always a reason to celebrate. You don’t have to wait for some specific tangible product or achievement before recognizing that you’ve been doing good work.
- Perhaps you’ve been putting off exercising and eating healthier because your self-image has gotten in the way.
- Humans are unable to think of two things at once. One of the most significant challenges we face when improving our behavior is maintaining awareness for what we are doing at the moment, whether that be learning a new habit or trying to forget a bad one.
With the right tools and a little effort, anyone can use Atomic Habits to achieve their goals and become an early riser. If you want to know more about this process, be sure to visit smarbeebook.com for a full review!