New Year, New Habits

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Warm. A four-letter word to describe my bed this morning. Cozy and comfy also come to mind. It’s always been a struggle for me to wake up in the morning, ever since I was in high school, and my mom had to practically drag me out of a dream-state. It’s funny because I am a morning person – I love getting stuff done before the rest of the house wakes up – I just need a little push to get my butt out of bed!

And so, this morning, like many that have come before it, I snoozed my alarm twice before I slipped my feet into fuzzy slippers, wrapped myself in a plush robe, and tiptoed down to my basement gym. It’s so quiet there and I love it. Today, though, instead of jumping into my workout, I started another chapter of Atomic Habits by James Clear.

This book is a fabulous end/beginning of the year read. As the name suggests, it’s about making good habits and breaking bad ones, one tiny step at a time. But it’s not your typical personal development book. It’s not about changing YOU, it’s about changing your SYSTEMS.

The author makes a few large promises, saying that you’ll learn to overcome a lack of motivation and form new habits even when life gets crazy. By studying (or reading about) the Four Laws of Behavior Change, you’ll learn a simple set of rules for habit making or breaking.

Want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Reduce stress? Start with this book. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “why would this work for me? I’ve already tried everything.”

What sets Atomic Habits apart is that it’s formulated from biology, psychology, and neuroscience – and contains a system proven to work. You won’t just be told what to do. You’ll be shown how to modify old habits into more positive ones and taught tricks to stick with those better habits for the long-term.

2020 hAbITS

A few of the habits I want to make in 2020 are:

  • Drinking more water (I’m still so bad at this)
  • Working out 6x/week (to lose the almost 20 pounds I’ve gained in my late 20s. Yikes!)
  • Make more meals at home (sometimes I just love something fast)

A few of the habits I want to break in 2020 are:

  • My caffeine addiction (green tea/matcha is LIFE)\
  • Negative responses to stress (i.e. emotional eating)
  • Hitting the snooze button (a huge feat for sure)

I’m about a third of the way into the book and so far I’m more confident in the methods in Atomic Habits than I have been in any other publication on goal setting, habits, or change. It’s well worth the read – and even the purchase because it’s also a great reference tool. Read this and you may rethink the goals you have for the new year.

Cheers to 2020!

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