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Atomic Habits (Paperback) $12.05 + Delivery ($0 with Prime/ $39 Spend) @ Lotus Green Seller via Amazon AU

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Hello friends!
This is the all-time lowest price for this fantastic book
It is easily my favourite Self-Help book, as I find the advice to be straight to the point and extremely practical

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  • I got it last sale at $13.61

    Still a bargain.

    • Just purchased it, $3.90 for Metro Delivery.
      Lost chance to buy this for $18 from Kmart, I think, so this is a great deal even without Free Postage.

  • Looks to be $11.99 with Prime Free Delivery (sold by Oceania Books) if you’re willing to wait till Monday (vs Friday) for delivery. Granted there are only a handful in stock at that price.

  • Sign up Free to Audible to get a free audio version.

    • Like a lot of books posted here that have been in print for a while - available to borrow free from many libraries.

      Checked my council library - currently available to borrow the book or audio version.

      • Yes but this book is the type you want to underline and refer back to often. I need my own copy!

        • Some may be unsure if it is useful for them. So flicking through a free copy can be helpful.

          Most self help books are not that complex. A basic principle in writing self help books is to tell people what they already know, & what has already been written - just in a different way.

          Making your own summary, adding personal examples & diagrams is a good way to personalise the information, making it more relevant & memorable to you. It's far more accessible & useful than a book.

          A summary page of a topic can be put up where you will see it - so you are reminded every day. Then move onto the next summary. Handy with changing habits.

          Active learning is more memorable than underlining & needing to search for the information again somewhere in the book.
          It's an effective method used in learning new material. It helps you think about what you are reading. So will likely end up helping you much more than underlining.

          (People often underline far too much believing that helps, rather than just key concepts, key words & importantly the relationships between them.
          Studying & teaching at a Uni, I used to watch students rewriting that days lectures word for word, then highlighting most of it. When I asked them what they had learnt, they had no idea - but thought that's how to study & learn.)

          Borrowing a copy is a free alternative. Can be borrowed again.

          Then if you really want a copy to keep - buy one. I doubt it is necessary or as useful as your own personalised summary.

  • I listened to it on audible, it has some good points but I can’t seem to put them into practice :(

  • +4 votes

    It drives me crazy that the Kindle book costs more than the paperback 😤

    • Hmm…
      Call me old fashioned, but wouldn't a physical book on self-help (or philosophy) be of greater benefit than an ebook? You can draw on the real book or underline important notes, keep a record of good verses (e.g. Marcus Aurelius' Meditations) or pages for future reference on the inside cover for example.

      Worst case scenario is you hate the book and give it to someone else.

      • +2 votes

        Being able to give the book to a friend is a significant benefit but IMO it's the only benefit of a physical book over a Kindle book.
        Kindle allows you to highlight sections and create notes for those highlights. You can later review the highlights in a list and jump to the highlighted locations instantly. You carry your library of highlighted books with you in a small easy-to-use device.

      • You can do all of that and more in ebook.

        The only downside to ebook is that I'm easily distracted.

      • give it to someone else

        with a smile :)

  • I have a habit of buying books I never read. Will this help?

  • I have listened the book on audible for more than three times now. A great book to read.

  • can anyone recommend this book? I read a few similar books before a lot of the contents are really just common sense. The difference between the high achievers and the rest of us is whether we can be easily distracted from the goal and take the comfortable path. for example, scrolling away precious time on social media, because the pleasure comes easy with minimum effort.

    • I ordered it because i want to understand about habits, plus it would be nice to stop biting my fingernails.

      • There are some nail polishes you can use to break that habit.
        I've been using "Mavala Stop" for about 3 weeks now and it's working very well, was biting for 30 plus years and haven't since. We'll see how well the habit holds after I'm done.
        It does tend to rub off and put the gross flavor everywhere, but after the first 2 weeks the habit seems mostly broken so I'm very lightly applying it as more of a reminder.

  • It's funny that in reality I can find and download this for free easily online, however I find myself enjoying having a nice book collection which I never end up reading 🤫

  • some of the sellers on some of these book deals on amazon seem suss

  • Got it as a free audiobook thanks!

  • Atomic habits? You mean like radiation sickness and cancer? ;-) Hey small changes, lots of repetition fits! Great analogy! It really fits! (See what I did there?)

    tl;dr; if you want to make improvements in your life, make a few small changes at a time and stick with it.

    Sounds really rational right? Like every other self help book. So why aren't people improving their lives in amazing ways left and right? Because when you put your effort into new small changes, the old ones slip. And as you move up the difficulty ladder to try to make bigger changes, things become, well more difficult. I'm sure all of this is addressed in the book and I'm sure there will be a few people who swear it changed their life, but for the most part it's tone deaf like all other self help books, and in the end people blame themselves for being unable to stick with what it turns out are difficult changes. And like most self help books there might be limited circumstances in your own life where making small changes will make big improvements and you ought to do it, but did you need this book (or even my comment) to tell you that?

  • tldr: Compounds are basically made up of smaller atoms. With the analogy that your goals are the compounds, and the atoms are the habits which make it a reality. So have your goals mapped out and in mind, but focus on actually doing the smaller atom sized goals repeatedly and consistently. The book goes into more examples about how to maximise/optimise your ability to set and maintain these types of tiny goals. But it's the usual - remove temptations, choose sustainable pieces, always give 100%, find support crew, etc etc.

    Good book, probably fine to read a podcast summary/book review, like many self-help books they're front of mind for a few weeks then you sorta forget about it so see if you can integrate even just a single rule from it to actually get value.

    edit:lol the dude above me beat me to it

  • It is a re-worded approach for Kaizen. I've not read the book, but from the review of @jatacid and @syousef, it looks like the same concept, but I don't see anything new. Here is the book published in 2004 and an excellent book. These new authors are mashing up the same thing and presenting it as something new. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

    • Most popular self help books are just reworked older works, illustrated with relevant & updated examples.

      • Yes, that's what I thought too. May be new books are enhanced with new supporting research or better ways to go about creating habits. But the One Small step.. still is a short and a good read.

        • Will have a read, as I am acquainted with Kaizen. And maybe this one.

          Self help books & supporting research usually don't coexist!
          The illustrations added to self help books to make them relevant to the reader - take up the space.

          In the mean time, just found a library book "Japonisme" (A Japanese-inspired guide to living a happier, more fulfilled life) covering Kaizen, wabi sabi, etc. Could be interesting. And I miss Japan.


          In my change consultancy (to businesses & individuals), my accountant recommended I write a self help book for business. "Just copy other books, include your own observations from your work, make it interesting & make a fortune!" He was more interested in his cut!

          Taking specific advice for a client to the general audience loses its impact & usefulness. But can be used to illustrate principles. I liked my personalised work & clients too much to do that!

    • Available on Audible
      Listened to the sample.

      Never heard of this before, but I know it well…
      Reminds me of teaching programming long ago to non IT students at Uni. Many had not started the assignment until the week before it was due. Many failed. I was brought in to improve the results.

      Students were overwhelmed by the LARGE STEP needed to understand the subject & successfully complete the assignment. So they avoided the task.

      I introduced program design by SMALL STEPS.
      A process of iterative design - developing the smallest possible prototype program & getting it to work. Then adding to it. That built confidence & they learnt from it.
      Then progressively add the next SMALL STEP, & so on.

      The success rate increased in a short time. The past panic in the last week was only in the people who didn't try the iterative design process.

      I showed how this process can be applied in many areas of life. In general students weren't interested in my philosophy, just that they passed.

      But a few enrolled in the Child's Play workshops my business ran (creative problem solving through play - with lots of laughs).
      A State Manager of a multinational created a new product worth hundreds of millions per year for his business in 5 minutes of play on my office floor. He was surprised by the effectiveness of this approach. He was just a sales rep weeks earlier when we started.

      • Kaizen is a very old concept. It has been implemented by Toyota and they are still using it. Good to see it worked for your students as well.

        • Wow! I'm very glad I came across your comment 👍

          When a way of life become an automatic habit it is no longer visible to that person. It can be hard to see things any other way. Now I understand!


          Yes, the work of Demming in rebuilding post WW2 Japanese industry has long fascinated me. So I'll have to get this book.

          I just didn't realise I was teaching & thinking in Kaizen style. I read a lot of Educational Philosophy at the time.

          My Uni kept offering me challenging & rewarding work like setting up a new educational unit for First Nation students, teaching lecturers how to teach, writing a 2nd year exam question based on this principle while I was in 2nd year, & lecturing - before I even had an undergrad degree.
          I now realise the Uni gave me many opportunities due to my different thinking habits. They nurtured them.
          I established my own business based on these principles at that time.

          Even travelling I use these principles.
          I normally spend time in Japan most years, learning from locals. I am called "Very Lucky" there. So am missing it. Must look into this different aspect of the culture.

    • Okay, while the concepts are similar….

      This book is highly rated from thousands of readers.
      AND it's currently at $11 while the book you've recommended is at $18.

      I'm sure both will help - this is OzBargain - buy the one that's on for a good deal?

      Disclaimer - I bought Atomic Habits for $25 and would recommend it to everybody.