Recently I started listening to an audiobook called Atomic Habits. This is one of the new york times best-selling book, and my elder brother suggested it! Writing is simple and straightforward. Unless other habit forming books, James Clear doesn’t bog me down with a lot of conceptual materials. I got some great takeaways from "The Power of Habit", but this is next-level with a lot of practical guide to identifying and changing your habits.
The idea behind the book is that habits are the compound interest of behavior. Get 1% better each day, and you will rarely notice a change on any given day, but by the end of a year, you will be 38% better than when you started. This is the essence of James Clear’s method.
To build a good habit:
- Make it obvious (the cue)
- Make it attractive (the craving)
- Make it easy (the response)
- Make it satisfying (the reward)
To break a bad habit:
- Make it invisible (the cue)
- Make it unattractive (the craving)
- Make it hard (the response)
- Make it unsatisfying (the reward)
In summary, I highly recommend Atomic Habits. If the topic of habit formation is new to you, I think this book is probably the best resource you’ll find.