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?

What I learned reading The Power of Habit

There is an over-powerful force in all of our lives. It lives deep inside of all of us. This power is the power of habit.

After Having enjoyed the tremendous experience that is The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, I found myself asking, “What did I learn from all of that?”

The book is a massive undertaking, it explores the power of a habit on the individual level, or the micro level, and then expounds or scales societal level, the macro level.

What I learned from Chuck was that there really are three things that we need to keep in mind:

  1. What are the habits that we involve ourselves in?
  2. What are the habits that others involve us in?
  3. What are the habits that others are involved in?

From start to finish of the book I found myself learning about myself, teams, company’s, and social groups as a whole. And according to Chuck, it all comes down to cue, behavior, reward.

Now, these are obviously a stylized way of saying what the science community calls antecedent, behavior, and consequence; but that’s okay. I still enjoyed the book enough to write a blog post about it.