How to Figure out Which of Your Habits to Change

“There are no good habits or bad habits. There are only effective habits. That is, effective at solving problems. All habits serve you in some way — even the bad ones — which is why you repeat them.”

Habits are powerful, but the ones we develop don’t always work in our favor.

In this excerpt from his new book Atomic Habits, James Clear shares an exercise to show you how to figure out which of your habits to change.

The exercise involves scoring your existing habits as positive, negative, or neutral based on the long-term outcomes those habits are likely to generate.

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