Atomic Habits Book Club Questions to Discuss

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Atomic Habits is a ground-breaking book by James Clear which lays out a framework for establishing new habits using the principle of the compound effect. The following Atomic Habits book club questions will help you reinforce your understanding of the key concepts of habit formation.

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Atomic Habits Book Club Questions

In Atomic Habits, James Clear breaks down the psychology of behaviors, describing how actions become habits, why some habits stick and some don’t, and how to reframe your life to create new habits and maintain them over time.

The following Atomic Habits book club questions will help you understand the key concepts of habit formation by reflecting on your own habits.

Question 1: Check Your Systems

What are one or two habits you have tried to develop or break recently? Were you successful?

Were the changes you made system-based or goal-oriented? In what way?

What is a new habit you’d like to start?

What small (1%) improvements in behavior can you make that will compound to allow you to reach the desired result?

Question 2: Timing Is Everything

What is one daily new habit you wish to form?

When would this new habit best fit into your day?

To practice implementation intention, what is the specific formula you can create to cue this new behavior (“When X occurs, I will do Y” or “At X time, I will do Y”)?

What are one to three current behaviors that relate to this new behavior? What are the rewards of these behaviors?

To practice habit stacking, how can one of these rewards become a cue for your new behavior?

Question 3: Shaping Your Visual Environment

Using the new daily habit from the previous exercise, what is a visual object that relates to this habit?

How can you use this object to create a visual cue for the habit?

Now, think of a habit you wish to break?

What is the visual cue that triggers that behavior?

What can you do to make that cue invisible?

Question 4: Does Your Community Support Your Identity?

What is a bad habit you currently have that was influenced by your social group?

Are you able to stop this habit without losing your social network? If yes, how? If not, why?

What other social circle might be more suitable to help you stop this bad habit? 

Question 5: Mind Over Matter

What is one habit you’d like to do daily? What is a different, current habit you enjoy doing?

How can these behaviors be bundled for success? What is your formula?

Take one item from your daily to-do list that you “have” to do and rewrite it as what you “get” to do.

How does this change in perspective change your feelings about the action or behavior?

Atomic Habits Book Club Questions to Discuss

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Darya Sinusoid

Darya’s love for reading started with fantasy novels (The LOTR trilogy is still her all-time-favorite). Growing up, however, she found herself transitioning to non-fiction, psychological, and self-help books. She has a degree in Psychology and a deep passion for the subject. She likes reading research-informed books that distill the workings of the human brain/mind/consciousness and thinking of ways to apply the insights to her own life. Some of her favorites include Thinking, Fast and Slow, How We Decide, and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

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