I have been reading Atomic Habits for a few weeks now. If you are deciding on which book to pick up next to read, I would recommend reading this one.

Goodreads has this paragraph about the book.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

As I read through the book, the advice felt familiar to what I had read earlier. In other books and online articles. “Want to build habits? Make it part of your schedule. Daily or weekly. Stick to it”.

Want to get better at writing? Write every weekend or every second day. You don’t have to publish everything that you write. Write. You don’t have to write a few paragraphs, a few words perhaps.

Want to lose weight? Cut out a few calories from your diet every week. Start exercising for ten minutes, three days a week, maybe two days. Commit to this cut calories/exercise routine.

These are general advices. But if you have a system around your goal and stick to it long enough, you will slowly inch towards your goal. Takes a while, though, and that’s a significant problem.

Sunil Shenoy @sunil
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