The Best Books on Habit: My 2020 Review

Learning about habits can be scary. Who really knows their stuff? I go through all these books on habits that I've read, so you can choose the best one for you.

In case you’re in a rush, here is my list of Best Books on Habit that I’ve read and will be reviewing today.

The Best BooksPagesRating
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything32010/10
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones3069/10
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business3717.5/10

The Reviews

Tiny Habits

Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg Ph.D is my pick of the three. This is the gold standard on books about habit. The author is the founder of the Behavior Design Lab at a little University called Stanford. Alongside this he has coached thousands of people in improving their habits to achieve goals such as weight loss and sleeping better.

Fogg uses his own experience and the vast data he has collected at Stanford to give us a simple map on how to adopts tiny habits that can grow into big and powerful ones.

Such as how if you want to start exercising, maybe just start with 2 press ups in the morning, and letting it grow into a bigger habit of going to the gym over time.

If you have plenty of bad habits, Fogg teaches you the process to losing them!

He also shows us how emotions are a big force in our habits, and that’s why we should make habits rewarding.

The book is fantastic. Easy to read and straight from the mouth of a world expert on the subject. 10/10.

Atomic Habits – James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear is a best seller with over 1 million copies sold! And for good reason…

It’s an excellent book on habits!

The book is beautifully presented with practical and useful advice. James also introduces plenty of real world examples where people and organisations have used habits for big improvements. Like how small habits helped turn a bad British cycling team into the best team between 2007-2017.

I really enjoyed how James used graphs and other visuals for some of his ideas. His writing style is easy to read and at 306 pages is a nice length.

At times it can feel like it’s just common sense. But maybe we need reminding some time again?

Overall the book is a great read with some great useful tips. I would give this book 9/10.

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is an award-winning business reporter who brings us his New York Times best seller – The Power of Habit.

The first part of the book on habits gives us an interesting and well presented deep dive of habits on the personal level. Giving us insights into how they’re hard wired into our brains. The real life examples combined with the scientific research helps us understand our own habits – and most importantly, how we can get rid of the bad ones and bring in good habits.

The other part of the book is related to businesses and organisations. While fairly interesting, the topic sometimes shifts to ideas that aren’t really about habits. If you’re a CEO looking to improve your business, I don’t think this is going to give you the answers.

The first part of the book is superb, but the second half does let it down. As the first part is so good, my rating is 7.5/10.


So which of theses books about habit is the best?

All three of the books are interesting reads and all have good examples, tips and are well presented.

If I was to suggest one, I would recommend Tiny Habits. It’s just the best book for personal habits, and I have personally found it really useful in improving my own habits.

If you want to more ideas on some habits you’d like, try reading My Top 10 List of Good Habits. Also try What is a Habit, if you want a quick introduction to the world of habits!

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