Book Review: Atomic Habits

Much has been written about the power of habits. But rarely has the topic been assessed through a metaphorical magnifying glass and then presented in layman’s terms.

Author James Clear attacks the much-studied subject of ‘habits’ and human behaviour from a new perspective. As a result this book offers a fresh take on habit formation and change.

As the old saying goes “never judge a book by its cover.” However, no one ever said that you couldn’t judge a book by its title. And Atomic Habits is one of those books whose name either leaves you intrigued or sends you running for the hills.

The author goes to incredible lengths to illustrate the benefits of not only cultivating good habits, but also the near exponential power of ‘marginal gains.’ This is key to fully appreciating and grasping the lessons brought forward by this interesting read..

Often times it’s easy to think of habits in a grand and almost awe inspiring way. But it’s truly refreshing to learn that habits like anything else can be broken down into manageable units that virtually anyone take full advantage of.

If anything, Atomic Habits could have introduced more case studies pertaining to marginal gains. That being said, author Clear did a magnificent job of illustrating every key point.

One of the most noticeable patterns in this book is how every technique discussed can be applied to the reader’s own life. The author also never fails to mention any available downloadable resources on his website.

There’s much to be learned over several re-reads of this book thanks to the author’s extensive research. And when all is said and done ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear will surely go down as one of the classic books on habit formation and change.