Atomic Habits by James Clear


  • Focus on systems, not goals
  • The best way to change a habit is to focus not on goals but on who you want to become.
  • Four laws of behavior change: (1) make it obvious, (2) make it attractive, (3) make it easy, and (4) make it satisfying.


  • “Small changes often appear to make no difference until you cross a critical threshold. The most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed. You need to be patient.”
  • “It is a simple two-step process: Decide the type of person you want to be. Prove it to yourself with small wins.”
  • “Self-control is a short-term strategy, not a long-term one.”
  • “The amount of time you have been performing a habit is not as important as the number of times you have performed it.”
  • “The Two-Minute Rule states, ‘When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.’”
  • “Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It’s the ability to keep going when work isn’t exciting that makes the difference.”
  • “Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.”

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