Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
I highlighted only two portions when I read this borrowed Kindle copy from my library.
“A genius is not born, but is educated and trained.” (26%)
Instead, “disciplined” people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control. In other words, they spend less time in tempting situations. (31%)
I agree with the first quote wholeheartedly. I also believe you can train/educate yourself. Building or breaking habits then is also within your control.
The second quote is something that hadn’t occurred to me, but it’s true. If you don’t want to spend time doing something the simple solution is to not put yourself in the situation of a perception of “having to do it”
This book, like most self-help books has sections that are somewhat repetitive. I’m starting to believe that may be by design. Studies show that the human brain must be presented with the same information multiple times in order for it to take hold.
It may seem simplistic but one of the great ideas that I’ve implemented after reading this book was to schedule my time day by day. Obviously, I already schedule homeschooling, meals, bill paying meaning I know they have to get done and they do.
Now I’ve taken it a step further and since I pay bills on Tuesdays- the mail sits in a pile until then. I’ve found that simple act so freeing. I don’t spend any mental energy on anything that comes in the mail until that designated time. I also began scheduling my book review writing time separate from my research and book writing time. When I had a generic section just called “writing” I would go off on all sorts of rabbit trails and accomplish very little as research will always be my first love and all I’d end up with is a sheet of notes and yet more obscure knowledge! Now, that will pay off in the actual book, but on a day to day basis I need to make progress on all three fronts.
Creating dedicated homeschool hours has helped both of us become more productive. It’s easy with one kid to be pretty loosey goosey- we have all day. But now that we’ve dedicated a three hour block we can both do our things knowing school will get done on time. James has an excellent newsletter that you can sign up for where I learned this important item: Basically, if you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.
Overall, I like the format of the book and the way each chapter has a real life story at the start. I think if you are looking to change some habits this will set you on the right path.