I hope all is well for you this year, and that all the books we have been reading are helping you towards accomplishing your goals and dreams. Today we are reviewing Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. I would like to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It started off a little slow but once he got into the meat of the book it was so much more interesting.
The key takeaways from the book for me were the laws of breaking and creating habits. To create a habit:
The 1st Law (Cue): Make it obvious.
The 2nd Law (Craving): Make it attractive.
The 3rd Law (Response): Make it easy.
The 4th Law (Reward): Make it satisfying.
And to break a habit:
Inversion of the 1st Law (Cue): Make it invisible.
Inversion of the 2nd Law (Craving): Make it unattractive.
Inversion of the 3rd Law (Response): Make it difficult.
Inversion of the 4th Law (Reward): Make it unsatisfying.
Using these laws he talks about the types of steps you would need to take in order to create a new habit and break an old one. For example I want to start doing yoga, so to make it obvious I should have my yoga mat in a visible location as well as my workout clothes. To make it attractive I can set a goal for a dress I want to wear on vacation. To make it easy, I would use the 5-minute rule that he discussed in the book. Just do yoga for at least 5 minutes to build the habit of doing it. Make it satisfying could be a shopping trip, it could be a nice massage after a workout. Something to treat yourself for a job well done.
The Five Minute rule
I liked the concept of the five minute rule as well. The five minute rule was to push yourself to do something for at least 5 minutes. If you can push yourself to do it for 5 minutes then you will feel like you may as well finish what you started. I actually tried this before but with only 2 minutes. It worked as well but I sure some tasks would work better with a 5 minute time frame. When I was using the 2-minute rule, I used a variation of it to do yoga which I will be re-implementing. I told myself that I would just get on the mat and stretch. I could do full yoga routine if I wanted but at the minimum get on the mat and just stretch out my body. This helped me to keep from forgetting to do my habit, and some days I really pushed myself. I would recommend using this in conjunction with the four laws listed above.
So that is my opinion and key takeaways from this book. Are you looking to make or break any habits? Comment below and let me know, also if you’re going to use anything you learned from the book let me know that as well.
And as always, Live your best life sis!