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Atomic Habits

I Developed a Reading Habit After Reading a Book

How reading Atomic Habits made me a better reader

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Don’t let the title fool you. I love reading books. However, my reading time started competing with my Netflix time and Netflix won. It didn't happen overnight. But then one day I realized I haven't touched a book in months. Started working from home when the pandemic started didn't help either as I used to read in the commute.

I also realized that one reason that I fall out of reading is the book I was reading was boring and I didn't want to start a new one without finishing it. I ditched the book and bought a bunch of new books. The newness of the books was a great motivation for me to start reading again. But I found myself slacking and not reading every day.

I didn’t want to fall out from reading again. So I went to YouTube and started researching on creating habits where I came across book reviews for “Atomic Habits.” I found the content very interesting so bought the book and read it. I loved it. The main takeaway for me is, if you have a goal, you need to have a system that would lead you to achieve the goal.

“If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.”

I took the advice and set myself a goal of reading 24 books before the end of 2021. My system was that I would read 1 chapter of a book every day before going to sleep. This worked well for me. Often times I found myself reading more than a single chapter.

GoodReads reading challenge stats for the author by the author

I set the reading challenge quite early on the year and I am happy to report that I have read 22 books so far and quite nicely reaching my 24 books goal. I have read fiction and non-fiction books alternatively and learnt a great deal.

If you are one of those people who want to do something but cannot find the time or are unable to form a habit, I recommend you to read “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. It changed the way I live my life for the good, hope it will do the same for you.




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