Atomic Habits in Life and Work

If you haven’t read it already, you may have had it recommended to you by a friend, or noticed it on someone’s bookshelf in the background of a Zoom call. Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great, fast-paced read, and it doesn’t hurt that it has a shimmering gold cover (the hardcover version, at least) which is mesmerizing and pretty to look at.

Below are three key concepts that stuck with me in the days and weeks after I finished the book. If this stuff resonates with you, I highly recommend James Clear’s email newsletter which is a wonderful, quick-skim dose of weekly inspiration and intellectual nuggets to chew on.

1. Our universe revolves around the easy win

2. Self forgiveness and why social media is a dumpster fire

Your brain while you try to navigate 2021.

Never before in human history have our brains needed to filter such an incessant deluge of information. And to complicate it further, social media platforms force us to process the opinions of thousands (millions?) of humans every day. Our brains cannot operate in a tribe of one billion people, and we wonder why the fabric of our civil society and the integrity of our childrens’ mental health is fraying at its edges. From bullying to sexism to racism to political vitriol, we have created a toxic swamp that we cannot swim out of. So what does this mean for you? It means you have the permission to step away. Go easy on yourself when you only get six out of ten things done on your to-do list and your inbox hasn’t seen zero since 2005. You’re not designed for this. None of us are. We are human beings, not human doings. We do the best we can with what we have, but sometimes you just need to tell yourself that you’re enough, turn off the phone, and go for a walk.

3. Anyone can climb mountains… one foot at a time

Did you read Atomic Habits? Do you agree or disagree? What takeaways resonated with you?

Senior Director of Digital Communications & Brand Experience at NYU School of Global Public Health / Podcast Producer / Occasional Bowhunter