• Toby Sinclair

Tiny Habits vs Atomic Habits | Which should you read?

Updated: Jul 6

tiny habits vs atomic habits

Tiny Habits vs Atomic Habits

I explore two of the most popular habit books: Tiny Habits vs Atomic Habits

Both of these books have the potential to transform your life in dramatic ways.

"The outcomes in your life are the lagging measure of your habits - there are no high performance people only high performance habits."

- James Clear Atomic Habits

To help you understand the difference between Tiny Habits vs Atomic Habits I share:

One Sentence Summary

Atomic Habits highlights the power of compounding habits and how focusing on systems, not goals it what will lead to your success.

Tiny Habits introduces the Fogg Behaviour Model to help you find the tiny habits you can form to make change easy.

Unique Value Proposition

Atomic Habits value is the articulation of systems vs goals. The book demonstrates through powerful stories this shift and provides practical ways to improve your systems. Its unique approach is also a focus on identity.

James Clear Identity Habits

Source: https://medium.com/@jamesclear/identity-based-habits-how-to-actually-stick-to-your-goals-bc8cde3c8e22

Tiny Habits value lies in the Fogg Behaviour Model. A simple way to understand how behaviour happens so that you can better change your habits.

The 3 Big Ideas

A comparison showing the big ideas between tiny habits vs atomic habits

Atomic Habits:

  1. Small improvements lead to remarkable results.

  2. Focus less on goals. Focus more on systems.

  3. Change who you are by what you do. Identity-based habits are crucial.

Tiny Habits:

  1. Create a constellation of habits, tiny in size but big on impact.

  2. B = MAP – Behaviour happens when motivation & ability & prompt converge at the same moment.

  3. Behaviour change is a skill that can be mastered.

The 3 Best Quotes

James Clear Atomic Habits

Habits are the compound interest of improvement."
"Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress."
"Real behavioural change is identity change."

BJ Fogg Tiny Habits

“There are three ways to change behaviour: have an epiphany, change the environment, change habits in tiny ways.”
"Willpower is a myth. Bad habits are due to design flaws, not character flaws."
"If you plant behaviour in the right spot it will grow without coaxing."

Tobys Top Takeaways

Atomic Habits:

Atomic Habits started my passion for building and breaking habits. I've used many of the cheat sheets provided by James Clear to improve my habit systems. For example, the first one I used was the habit scorecard. This helped to identify good, neutral and bad habits based upon my desired identity.

I've also seen huge success applying Atomic Habits ideas in the workplace. In this summary, I expand how you can apply atomic habits in business

Tiny Habits:

Since reading Tiny Habits I have explained the Fogg Behaviour model to 100's of people. The power of the model is its simplicity and application. I've used the model to build tons of new habits. One, in particular, is the habit of writing book summaries. After reading Tiny Habits I used the approach to design a tiny habit: one sentence book summaries. This has now grown to full-blown book summaries you are reading now. This shows the power of planting a habit in the right place and letting it grow.

I expand on my takeaways in this Tiny Habits summary

Conclusion: Which should you read?

Both 😃

But if you could only read one, I would suggest Atomic Habits. The primary reason is James Clears writing style. He expresses complex ideas in clear ways with brilliant stories. His personal story, which he shares at the start of the book, is very inspirational.

At the very least I'd recommend reading my summary of Tiny Habits. Learning the Fogg Behavioural Model is a great compliment to Atomic Habits.