Finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear.

I didn’t want to read another self-help book. But this one had been recommended to me for so many days, so many times that I had to read this once. Going in, I absolutely knew what to expect of the book. I got just that. It just was structured well enough to keep me going.

James Clear has got a nice framework in place — make good habits obvious, attractive, easy and satisfying. One can understand why that is important. He also presents it with enough examples and detailed description. I just wish it was shorter. A few chapters feel repetitive and only to be there to meet the page count goal. We could trim almost a third of the book and it would still be equally effective.

Anyway, the rating is for the simple way James presents the framework. There’s something to be learnt from this, for sure.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


pratik says:

@amit Thanks. I bought this book and it’s on my to-read shelf for a long time. Agree about such self-help books though. Most, I think, can be a longform article and yet convey the idea.

amit says:

@pratik yeah so true. That’s exactly the thought clouding my mind as I read chapters one after another. At most, they are blog posts on a single topic. I’ve long stopped reading self-help books for long for exactly this reason.

fiona says:

@amit @pratik Sometimes reading summaries of self help books is an excellent substitute for reading the actual book! I got a lot out of this summary of Deep Work, for example. The author has a whole taxonomy of books that can be summarizes, and books that should really be read in full.

amit says:

@fiona Yeah, I agree. For example, even with Deep Work I stopped reading it at one point. These books tend to get repetative, I guess for the pressure of page count. Summaries might be the right way to read them. @pratik

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