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?