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James Clear

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2018

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Introduction-Chapter 3

Reading Check

1. A life-threatening baseball injury; hit in the face with a bat (Introduction)

2. Outcome, process, identity (Chapter 2)

3. Cue, craving, response, reward (Chapter 3)

Short Answer

1. Very small changes to routine, equipment, and tools (Chapter 1)

2. Our brains take the shortest path to reward and wire us to do things automatically to get the reward. (Chapter 3)

Chapters 4-7

Reading Check

1. To bring consciousness to unconscious habits. (Chapter 4)

2. I will [BEHAVIOR] at [TIME] in [LOCATION]. (Chapter 5)

3. Pairing a new habit with a current habit (Chapter 5)

Short Answer

1. Stating aloud what you are about to do brings awareness to your habits. Awareness is the beginning of behavioral change. (Chapter 4)

2. Taking a significant action triggers a subsequent action. People decide what to do based on previous actions, so pairing a new habit with a current habit increases the likelihood that a new habit will stick. This truth can be leveraged positively or negatively, as in the case of Diderot. (Chapter 5)

3. Because environment, context, and visual cues are important catalysts for habit formation, it is helpful if people create a dedicated space to practice the habit—one that makes cues hard to miss.