How to give up your bad habits to achieve your goals that is extremely difficult.

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems” - James Clear

It means there is a reason bad habits repeat themselves repeatedly, it's not that you are not willing to change, but that you are use the wrong system for changing your bad habit.

This week A8 Resource will bring you a book - Atomic Habit of author James Clear reveals practical strategies that will help you master tiny behaviours, break bad habit that lead to big changes for your objective at work.

What are Atomic Habits mean?

The book “Atomic Habit" is communicating the idea that is the compound interest in self-improvement habits. If we can get 1% better each day for a year, we'll end up 37 times better by the time we're done. However, if we get 1% worse each day for one year, we'll go down nearly to zero.  

In fact, it takes so long to see the result and the slow rate of transformation also means that it's straightforward to let bad habits creep in. So, the 4 laws that will guide us to increase the good habit to increasing the productivity and achieve our goal. 

Law 1 - Make it Obvious

  • Habit Scorecard: Write down all your daily behaviours observe what is going on in our daily lives, categorize each habit as positive (+), negative (-), or neutral (=).
  • Set a time and place: following on this formula: “I will [behaviour] at [time] in [this location].

Law 2 - Make it Attractive:

  • When we expect to be rewarded, we act. For example, you can combine listening to music and working or exercising.
  • Reprogramming your brain to enjoy hard habits: for example, saving money = future financial freedom and not sacrifice.

Law 3 - Make it Easy

  • Framing habit formation in terms of time is flawed. It should be framed in terms of the number of repetitions.
  • Easy habits are more likely to happen. For example: spending 10 mins to read for every day is better than does not read any more page book.
  • Create barriers of friction between yourself and the bad habit. For example: when you go shopping, don't bring much cash or put your credit card at home if you have a bad habit of spontaneous spending.

Law 4 - Make it Satisfy

The last rule increases your chances of repeating the habit next time.

  • Reward yourself: Habit tracking can be the best method for tracking your progress.
  • Habit tracker: recover quickly when your routine is broken on a bad day.

How to use this book:

It's a matter of habit, it's automatic, it's subconscious.

When you work all day, you should keep an eye on two things. One is the cue and the two is the reward. For example, when you're bored, you pull out your phone. Boredom is the cue, pulling out the phone is the reward. Then apply the Atomic Habits framework to improve your life.

Maybe bad habit didn't remove for a few days. Be patient and your productivity will increase once the bad habit is eliminated. Hopefully this summary, A8 Resource has inspired you to go to your nearest bookstore and buy your own book because it deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf.


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