Some Useful Insights From Atomic Habits By James Clear
Habits are an essential part of our life. It can break us or make us. In our daily life, almost 40% are our habits. The things we did subconsciously. James Clear, in his book Atomic Habits, pointed out many precious rules which can bring value in our life and play an essential role in creating good habits and destruction of the old one. Here are some of the rules I found in that book. I hope it will help you as well.
Bunching means collected or together. It is hard to start a habit from scratch, but it is easy to associate the new pattern with the old one. Habit bunching is the process when we perform the new practice after the old one. First, you have to identify your routine. Then after this, you play a new one. For example, if you brush your teeth at first, you will trim your beard after it. A certain number of tasks are formed in a way that each new job is linked with the previous. Also, you make coffee for yourself in the morning place a book near your coffee makes a night before. So, whenever I make coffee, I will read five pages from that book. These habits must be short and can be done in some minutes. Because if they are time-consuming and hard to do. Chances of creating it will be less. Try to start with little as much; even it is impossible not to do.
I want to read a book. I want to learn guitar. I have to make my body fit and healthy. And much more, I want these things, but I will do it later. When? Where? I don’t know. Here is the next principle which I call date/place. What do you want to do? Whenever do you want? Speak the date and time when you perform the task. Let say if your goal is to write an article for the blog. Speak as loud you can hear. I will write an essay after breakfast on my work desk. When you speak, it gives a sense of logical accomplishment of a task. It will work. Otherwise, you procrastinated and spent your time doing nothing. You also use Google Calendar mentioning time and place.
Paper Clip Strategy
It is a fantastic rule I learned from Atomic Habits. A salesperson uses this technique to increase his business growth. In his desk there are to bowl one is filled with paper-clips and the other one is empty. Whenever he makes a sales call, he picks up a clip and drops in the empty bowl. It gives him a feeling of doing something important. And he used several times in a day. In a short period, he made growth for his business.
One Percent Better Rule
This rule says that if you get one percent better every single day. At the end of the one year, you will be 37.78% better. One percent looks too little, but as you do it 365 days in a year, you will be surprised by the results make the compound. As shown in the diagram, at the start, the growth is low, but over time it increases gradually. So, decide to give just 20 minutes each day for yourself this time you learn something which adds value in your life and leads you towards self-growth. Apply it in your routine. You will see better results.
Newton’s three laws of motion can be used as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work, and improving your life.James Clear
If you want to stop procrastination, it can be done quickly by using the two-minute rule. Like, if jog for thirty-minute can be converted into a walk for two minutes. The workout turns into ten push-ups. Reading a book into a few pages. Anything, simply and easily. The primary purpose here is to start. After that, motivation comes itself. When we achieve small goals. We feel confident enough for the next goal to accomplish. Also, “An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” -Albert Einstein
The core message is to “do something.”
Breaking the habit
If you’re to break even a simple pattern, you’re trying to break a habit you’re resisting with yourself. You should know the weak points of your routine when you get triggered. The best way to do this is the note of your behavior on paper. Then when you perform a terrible habit, try to replace it with something else. Something which gets your brain busy and logical. This way, you will be successful in breaking the habit of being yourself. Try it now.
Don’t try to implement all techniques at once. You will end up doing nothing. Instead, try one method at a time. Once you are stable with it, then move to the next one. Also, Atomic Habits by James Clear is a fantastic book written passionately. You should read it if you want to learn about the habits patterns and how to create good habits and vanish old ones!