Top critical review
A bunch of random tactics
October 23, 2018
The marketing is solid and the concept of "Atomic Habits" is compelling, but everything goes downhill from there.
Like so many other productivity books, this is just a collection of one-chapter essays that summarize other people's ideas. The end result is a list of 20+ one-line platitudes like, "Get an accountability partner. Ask someone to watch your behavior." It's at once overwhelming, redundant, and incomplete. You read the book and are left thinking, "OK... so what should I actually do?"
I'm sure James is a great person and means well, but that does not mean you should buy his book. (As an alternative, I'd recommend anything written by Cal Newport or Tony Robbins.)