Kaboom! Atomic Habits was mind blowing!

After having read The Power of Habit, I wanted to keep going down the rabbit hole. So recently I finished Atomic Habits.

Got to say, I have never read a more detailed examination of habits in my life. It was amazing to see how one person had explored the process of habit building to a point that borders on obsessive.

Obsessive is good, I like obsessive writers.

The biggest things that I gathered from reading Atomic Habits is that there are some irrefutable laws for building and breaking habits:

Build a Habit

  • Make it obvious
  • Make it attractive
  • Make it easy
  • Make it satisfying

Break a Habit

  • Make it invisible
  • Make it unattractive
  • Make it difficult
  • Make it unsatisfying

One of the first habits that I built for my self was that I wanted to take my vitamins everyday. So what I did was I made the vitamins obvious first. To do this I simply left the vitamins on the window sill where every morning I would pull the blinds to open the apartment to the light of day. Almost everyday since I have read the book have I taken my vitamins.

For one of the habits that I wanted to break, I wanted to stop drinking caffeine completely. Admittedly, this was one of the most painful things that I have ever done. But the first thing that I had to do was look at all of the places that I drink coffee, generally at my desk, and eliminate having coffee in those places. It wasn’t easy at first, but undergoing the very unsatisfying process of withdrawals, I knew that I never wanted to deal with caffeine again.

Anyway, I learned a lot more than that, but for the time being, I think that this blog post will help you understand the basis for which you can change your behavior.

What is a habit that you want to break or build up?

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