So today we are going to talking about the book called Atomic habits by James Clear
He year ago I was reading and to understand a book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. I remember I was confused when I was reading it, I could tell there were a lot of things that would be beneficial to practice, but at the same time I knew I would never stick to them, which I never really did. Oppsie
SO imagine my surprise, when I saw we would have another project focused on a book that has the word habits in the title. So anyways the point of this project was to remember key points from ‘The 7 Habits’ and learn from “Atomic Habits’ to answer the driving question: “How does balance in my life create opportunities?”. I began this project by being confusion because I think I missed the first day and nobody explained to me what we were doing. It took me a while to figure out everything and by that time the class had pretty much moved on. So not a great start. Anyways there were a few TED talk videos with this guy Shawn Achor as the presenter. The TED talk’s were a bit weird to me it took me along time for me to get it , and to be honest I only remembered a few important phrases and explanations. After this period, the most distinct part of this project were the different days associated with a different act / action. Exercise, Journaling, Meditation, Gratitude, and a Random Act of Kindness are all things we did on different days of the week. We would do these most days of every week, for about 2-3 weeks before PLP 10 left for Florida.
Atomic Habits was The 7 Habits, just in a more confusing form.
I say this because it’s split up into 4 individual sections, whereas I was less organized.
“4 laws of behavioural change”.
- Make it obvious: utilize time and location cues to always remember to accomplish an habit.
- Make it attractive: positive-association with habits makes it more enjoyable to accomplish.
- Make it easy: The point is practice, not planning. Repetition is the best way to do this.
- Make it satisfying: It’s also important to celebrate and find reward after success, as a motivator.
The steps are pretty self-explanatory. In comparison, here are the 7 habits:
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think Win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
The reason it failed was because of two reasons. I didn’t commit Florida. I simply didn’t give myself enough time, and I wasn’t specific enough in my plan. And the Florida trip just kind of came through and messed everything up, interrupting the reading schedule I had.
Anyways, for the driving question: “How does balance in my life create opportunities?”. I think that there are two important, and very different parts in any work: what needs to get done, and how it’s going to get done, and I feel like its good to separate the two, or else they could get intertwined and it could get confusing. Some of the work I did on the 7 Habits and Atomic Habits became confusing to me after a while, maybe because the work I needed to get done was literally the process. But when you can balance these two properly, that is when you can use both the work and the process, to accomplish whatever you need to do, and things open for diffentt things in your life.
Anyways guys thank you from this time just reading have a great day