Menopause

Atomic Habits and Me: A Book Giveway

I just finished James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. I’m head over heals in love with this book.

As I read, habit after habit popped into my mind-those I want to get rid of and those I’d like to add.

Here’s a quick description of the book from the publisher: “Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.”

Visit James Clear’s website here. And here’s a link to a great get-started article by James.

As I write this post, I  have a list of forty-three  habits I’d like to either break or add. Wow!

When I tell my friends about my list, they say things like, “Isn’t that a bit excessive?” Another friend suggested such a long list implies a lack of self-esteem. Not true. I’m basically happy with myself, but there are for sure ways I’d like to change.

I’m pumped! I’m going to take it four at a time. When those four are conquered, I’ll add four more. So here we go with the first four:

Tea: I plan to limit my tea drinking to two cups. Since I put sugar in my tea, my three to five cup habit isn’t healthy. My cutback is mostly about sugar, but I do want to limit caffeine as well. My doctor says even morning caffeine can contribute to insomnia.

Interrupting: I have the rude habit of interrupting people. Enough said. Time to stop.

Scrolling Facebook: When I’m at odds as to what to do next, I scroll Facebook on my phone. I love Facebook. It’s been a great way for me to promote my art and this blog, and I’ve made wonderful connections with people near and far. But it’s definitely a time eater, and I’d love to reclaim some of that time for other activities.

Hand Weights: Although I walk about four miles a day, I haven’t been doing anything to build muscle, especially in my upper body. I need to use my hand weights. I’m also going to add resistance bands.

To help me remember the first four habits I’m working on, I’ve made them my laptop screensaver. Three are habits I want to eliminate and one is a habit I want to add. No clue yet which process is easiest.

I’m planning to chronicle my progress on Friend for the Ride. I’d love for some of you to join me. Choose a few habits of your own and see how you do in either eliminating a bad one or adding a good one. Guests posts welcome!

What’s spurring me on is visualizing my life a year from now. What if I’ve nailed the habits I’ve listed in this post? I’d be delighted. What if I can nail more? Fabulous!!

GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away copies of Atomic Habits to TWO lucky Friend for the Ride readers. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by August 1. Thanks!

25 thoughts on “Atomic Habits and Me: A Book Giveway”

  1. This is such a great post and I want to encourage you to accomplish your goals ! Giving up sugar will add to your health ! Adding weights will give you the energy to live life to the fullest ! I don’t always comment on your blog but I do read every article ! You are wonderful !

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  2. I’ve heard lots of great things about this book! Putting it on my book list now. I bet it would make a great gift, also! Personally I’m switching to many more organic foods and products, detoxing where I can. Good luck on your journey!

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  3. Great project! Sounds like a very interesting book. I know I need to change lots of habits and I think reducing FB and other internet uses would make me more productive.

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  4. I definitely need to reduce the time I spend on social media. And add to the time I spend on exercise. If I just switched those two, I’d come out ahead!
    I’d love to read the book for inspiration which I clearly need. Good luck to you, Barb, on your four goals! Keep us posted on your progress! ❤️

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  5. I should start with 2 habits to lose: scrolling Facebook and procrastinating about everything! I’ll probably even put off starting to break my bad habits. LOL

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    1. Ha! Procrastination is such a tricky one. One suggestion of the author’s is that you start the
      project by telling yourself that you only have to work on it for two minutes. Many people get swept in and continue working. He also believes in quitting before you are tired of working on it. Said Hemingway always stopped working on a novel the second he was on a real roll. Seems odd to me but interesting to ponder.

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  6. I’ve switched to decaf green tea. I don’t remember there being a big taste difference between decaf and regular. I drink my iced tea unsweetened now (and gallons of it during the summer heat) but still need a little agave nectar in hot tea. For iced tea I kept reducing the sugar until I got to none. So try decaf tea (regular or green) and see if that is palatable!

    I am excited to see how the habit changes go, such hard work. Good luck.

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  7. Your honesty and openness is admired and inspiring! I’d love to win the book… I want to cut out or reduce my sugar intake as well (ice cream has become my vice!) as well as ‘up’ my exercise habit. Thanks Barbara! Love your writing. xoxo

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    1. Love ice cream! Thanks on my writing. A friend and her husband said to me a while ago, “Gosh, do you tell the truth.” Worried me a bit. I have a feeling I said something to hurt their feelings! Hope not.

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  8. Barbara, this sounds like an excellent plan. I’m also terrible about interrupting and have been working on stopping that and really listening to people without worrying about what I want to say in response.

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    1. Gee. I never noticed that you were an interrupter. I will try your idea of really listening. I always think I am listening but maybe I can listen more/harder/deeper! My problem is I get wound up and forget that I am supposed to not interrupt. I am thinking of getting a bright bracelet to wear to help me remember.

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  9. Barbara, great post. I share the bad habit of not doing upper-body work, so I started alternating weights 3 days a week with a morning bike ride the other 3 days. (Sunday off.) Then a walk in the afternoons. We’ll have to compare notes. I have the opposite problem with FB. I intend to check in and see how people are doing, but always leave it till last because I don’t really enjoy FB. Tips on how to use it without posting my entire personal life?

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    1. Do you feel any guilt on your exercise day off? I have tried to do that and then feel guilty. Silly, I know. I guess I just need to get in the HABIT of taking a day off, and then maybe I will chill. In regards to FB, why not post some interesting articles you find. I enjoy posting my photos. You could post photos of your many adventures on bike or foot. We have one friend who has been
      putting up closeups of water lilies, which Cliff and I have both found fascinating. And then of course, there’s that adorable kitty. People love cat photos!

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      1. Barb, no guilt on my exercise day off – though I do usually go for a long walk on Sundays. It’s just not an “exercise exercise” kind of day. Thanks for tips on FB.

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  10. Thanks for the book suggestion- I am always looking for inspiration and encouragement. I chose to stop drinking alcohol last Sept 1 and I’ve been really focusing on my health. But there are other habits I know I could change- I bet my family has suggestions! I think it’s empowering to change- all the best to you Barbara.

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