Talbott Tidbits: Atomic Habits
Updated: Feb 22, 2021
Author: Leah York, CAE, President of Talbott Talent
I love it when my friends share their favorite things with me, so we’re going to do the same for you! These are bite-sized bits of what’s rocking our world right now. It could be a book recommendation, a podcast, a technology solution…who knows what will end up here? It’s designed to be brief so you can get a quick pulse on whether it’s something you want to check out for yourself, or even share with a colleague. AND, if there’s something you’re loving right now that you think WE should check out, please email and let me know!
Atomic Habits by James Clear
This is one of those books that was recommended to me, but I kept thinking it sounded like about five other books I’d already read, so I didn’t add it to my reading list right away. After getting recommendations from three people I know, I decided I had better read it and I'm glad I did. If you decide to read Atomic Habits, please share how it impacts you! Here’s what stuck with me…
CONCEPT: Bad habits can get coupled with good or neutral habits. This is actually great news because I can get better by decoupling them.
ACTION: I examined the bad habits in my life, and the one I felt was giving me the most trouble was snacking late at night – it had led to weight gain and poor sleep. I noticed it coincided with watching a movie or television show in the evening. For me, relaxing with a show after work is a neutral habit, but I couldn’t do it without triggering the bad snacking habit that I had coupled with it. So I made the decision not to watch shows in the evening – and guess what? I stopped snacking late at night. I’ve lost weight and am getting better sleep. What a simple fix for something that’s been giving me trouble for years!
QUOTE: “If you can get 1% better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done. If you get 1% worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero.”
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