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5 Hyperfocusing Hacks From The Book Atomic Habits

Whether you’re trying to make a good habit stick or break a bad habit, James Clear’s Atomic Habits shows you how to do it. Here are the 5 most useful lessons from the book.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Aug 12 2022
5 Hyperfocusing Hacks From The Book Atomic Habits


Atomic Habits is a big book built on a simple idea: that our habits can help us succeed in life. Written by James Clear, the book outlines in 5 lessons how to make good habits, break bad habits, and how daily habits can add up to incredible changes. 

Clear brings in research from the fields of psychology and neuroscience to explain how habit formation works, and he shares real-life examples from the likes of Olympic gold medalists and CEOs, so you can see how it’s done.

And the ideas in the book have proven popular. Atomic Habits has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, Arianna Huffington said it was one of her all-time favorite books, and Brené Brown said it changed the way she lives and leads. 

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And Blinkist is offering its explainer of Atomic Habits for free on both the phone and web app. Want to know what to expect? Here are key takeaways you can use to already start building better habits.

Key Message 1: Small Habits Add Up

Small Habits Add Up

Our small daily behaviors might not have an immediate impact on our lives, but they do add up to massive changes. For example, one 20-minute run isn’t going to do much for your health, but running for 20 minutes every day will transform how you look and feel — it just takes time. 

Clear says that when your lack of progress gets you down, make sure your small daily behaviors are taking you in the right direction, and over time, you’ll see results.

Key Message 2: Improve Your Cues to Make New Habits Stick

Improve Your Cues to Make New Habits Stick

A cue is what triggers you to do a habit. When trying to implement a new habit into your life, make the cue as easy and obvious as possible.

For example, if you want to make practicing guitar a daily habit, don’t hide the instrument away in a cupboard. Keep it somewhere you’ll easily see it, triggering you to pick it up and practice each day, solidifying the habit.

Key Message 3: Use Temptation Bundling to Build Unenjoyable Habits

Use Temptation Bundling to Build Unenjoyable Habits

A key part of getting a new habit to stick is reward, or getting a hit of dopamine after successfully doing a behavior. But what if you’re trying to build a less-than-enjoyable habit? 

Clear says to try “temptation bundling”. This is when you pair your undesirable habit with something you enjoy

This could be running on the treadmill while watching Netflix, for example. This way, the dopamine hit from the enjoyable activity will help make the less-than-fun one easier to adopt. 

Key Message 4: Make New Habits as Easy as Possible

Make New Habits as Easy as Possible

Number four of the 5 lessons from Atomic Habits is making new habits enjoyable with temptation bundling, you should also make them as easy as possible to help them stick. 

Clear says you can do this through the power of friction. Reduce friction on habits you want to build and increase friction on habits you want to break. 

What does that look like in the real world? To make sending greeting cards easy, Clear’s wife keeps a box of cards organized by the occasion. Taking the batteries out of the remote control, on the other hand, increases the friction of watching TV, as it requires more effort to turn it on.

Key Message 5: Break Down Big Habits with the 2-Minute Rule

Break Down Big Habits with the 2-Minute Rule

Big goals can feel overwhelming — running a marathon or learning French take time and hard work. Clear says the 2-minute rule can turn big dreams into small, achievable habits you can do in two minutes. 

Instead of running a marathon, build the habit of putting on your running gear every day after work. Instead of mastering French, work through one page from a textbook over breakfast every day. Once you’re two minutes in, you’re likely to keep going anyway. 

Learn more powerful ideas from Atomic Habits on Blinkist, where the explainer is now available for free. Here’s how the app works.

Interested in taking these concepts to the next level? Explore the Atomic Habit Worksheet. This comprehensive guide, featured in our Blinkist Magazine, puts the theory into practice and gives you everything you need to overcome unproductive habits and boost your productivity.

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There’s so much to learn from nonfiction books like Atomic Habits, but only so much time read. To help, Blinkist shares powerful ideas from top nonfiction books in 15-minute explainers. 

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