James Clear

Bio

James Clear is an entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer in over 20 countries. He writes at JamesClear.com where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. Over 100,000 people read his free weekly newsletter: http://jamesclear.com/newsletter

If You're Not Setting Goals, You'll Never Get What You Want

By James Clear
Imagine, for a moment, that your life is like a treasure hunt. It's not much of a leap, really. Like any good treasure hunt, you have a map to guide you. In life, the map is your corner of the universe. Some of the areas on the map you know quite…

The Myth Of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Lead To Better Work

By James Clear
The word "priority" didn't always mean what it does today. In his best-selling book, "Essentialism" (audiobook), Greg McKeown explains the surprising history of the word, and how its meaning has shifted over time: The word 'priority' came into the…

If You Use This Word, You're More Likely To Keep Your Bad Habits

By James Clear
It was 1977, and although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior. It all started when Langer asked her…

Why Mastering Self-Confidence Is All About Facing The Unknown

By James Clear
By the time his senior year of high school rolled around, Bob Mathias had developed into a talented track athlete. He could run fast, jump high and throw far. Given his wide-ranging talents, his high school coach suggested that Mathias try a…

5 Ways To Use Everyday Triggers To Your Advantage And Make Good Habits Stick

By James Clear
In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This cycle, known as The Habit Loop, says that each habit consists of the following: 1. The Trigger: the event that…

The Science Behind Why Mental Toughness Leads To Consistent Success

By James Clear
Have you ever wondered what makes someone a good athlete, leader or parent? Why do some people accomplish their goals while others fail? What makes the difference? Usually we answer these questions by talking about the talent of top performers.  He…

7 Ways To Get Healthy And Lose Weight Without Even Thinking About It

By James Clear
I want to live a healthy life in the most effortless way possible. I want to get my diet and nutrition right because it allows me to do the more important things in life, but I also don’t want to spend all day thinking about what I eat. I think my…

How To Break All Your Bad Habits Through One Change In Your Environment

By James Clear
Making changes can be difficult. It’s hard to get motivated to do something over and over again, even if you know that it’s good for you. But what if I told you there was a different option, something that didn’t require an ounce of motivation? Eric…

How Your Body Language Can Affect The Course Of Your Entire Day

By James Clear
There is a simple strategy you can use to reduce anxiety, improve your ability to deal with stress and boost your confidence. The best part? It works immediately and only takes two minutes to do. Here’s the deal: Your Hormones And Your…

Why Having A Sense Of Purpose Is The Key To Living A Long Life

By James Clear
I played baseball for 17 years. I had incredible teammates. I spent thousands of hours practicing and training. After my senior season, I was named an ESPN Academic All–American. It’s safe to say being a baseball player was an important part of my…

Why You Must 'Choose Yourself' Before Anyone Else Will Choose You

By James Clear
In 1994, a young woman asked for a restraining order against her husband and filed for divorce. With no job and little money to live on, she signed up for welfare benefits, so she could afford to care for her baby daughter. The woman’s mother had…

5 Ways The Time Of Day Impacts What Type Of Decision You Make

By James Clear
Why do we make unhealthy and unproductive choices, even when we know we should do better? If you ask most people, they will say poor choices are a result of a “lack of willpower.” But research from Columbia University is beginning to reveal…

Slow And Steady: 3 Unconventional Tips For Successful Weight Training

By James Clear
You’ll never walk into the gym and hear someone say, “You should do something easy today.” But after 10 years of training, I think embracing slow and easy gains is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. In fact, this lesson applies to most…

10 Simple Ways To Eat Healthy Without Thinking, Backed By Science

By James Clear
Your environment has the incredible ability to shape your behavior. I have written previously about choice architecture and environment design, both of which are focused on the idea that "by making small changes to the physical environment around…

How To Make Good, Subconscious Choices When You Have No Willpower

By James Clear
Most people think building better habits or changing your actions is all about willpower or motivation. But, the more I learn, the more I believe the number-one driver of better habits and behavior change is your environment. Let me drop some…

The Power Of Less: Why Productivity Increases When You Remove Distractions

By James Clear
When I built my first website a little over three years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Naturally, I figured looking at what other websites and blogs had on their pages would be a good place to start. I started seeing sites with social media…

5 Ways To Stay True To Your Fitness Regimen While You Travel

By James Clear
I believe we are meant to live physical lives, which is why I love training, weightlifting and athletic competition. But, I also believe we are meant to explore the world around us, which is why I love adventure, photography and travel. But,…

I Watched An Artist Create Stained Glass And It Changed My Goals

By James Clear
Until recently, I had never been inside a stained glass studio. Without any planning at all, I found myself inside two different studios over the span of three days. Strange how life works like that. I assumed I would see some nicely colored…

How Using The 'Eisenhower Box' Can Help You Be More Productive

By James Clear
Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, and served two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the…

How To Change Your Beliefs And Stick To Your Goals For Good

By James Clear
In one of my very first articles, I discussed a concept called identity-based habits. The basic idea is that the beliefs you have about yourself can drive your long-term behavior. Maybe you can trick yourself into going to the gym or eating healthy…