James Clear

James Clear

Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert

Based in North Carolina, James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he uses behavior science to share ideas for mastering your habits, improving your health, and increasing your creativity. To receive his most popular articles, join his free weekly newsletter.

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5 Steps to Building a New Habit
The 'Treps

5 Steps to Building a New Habit

Understanding how to build new habits is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. Let's get started.
The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep
Lifestyle

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

Why are you feeling so sleep deprived? Here are some practical tips for mastering your sleep and having more energy.
6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe
Lifestyle

6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.
3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits
Lifestyle

3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

Simple steps to help you make progress with most of the goals you have for your health, your work and your life.
It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt
Lifestyle

It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Important tips for how you can get past your fears and do the things that you want to do.
Don't Let Your Brain Commit This Crime Against You
Lifestyle

Don't Let Your Brain Commit This Crime Against You

Sometimes we carry old beliefs, unknowingly, that don’t serve us anymore. You have to unlearn the things that you believe to be true.
What to Do When You Want to Build Better Habits (But Can’t Get Started)
Lifestyle

What to Do When You Want to Build Better Habits (But Can’t Get Started)

How can you change your bad habits if you’re not aware of them in the first place? Here's how.
This Person Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here's What Happened
Grow Your Business

This Person Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here's What Happened

There is power in small wins and slow gains. Where are the small improvements in your life and work?
Being Consistent Is Not the Same as Being Perfect
Lifestyle

Being Consistent Is Not the Same as Being Perfect

The danger with trying to be consistent is falling into an all-or-nothing mindset. Here, we explain.
What to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas and Not Enough Time
Grow Your Business

What to Do When You Have Too Many Ideas and Not Enough Time

It all comes down to treating your life like ... a rose bush.
The Only Productivity Tip You'll Ever Need
Grow Your Business

The Only Productivity Tip You'll Ever Need

A look at one strategy that gets results, why it works, and what holds us back from using it consistently.
How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius
Lifestyle

How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius

Do the work, finish something, get feedback, find ways to improve, show up again tomorrow. Repeat. Be awesome.
The Surprising Strategy One Man Used to Eliminate Procrastination
Grow Your Business

The Surprising Strategy One Man Used to Eliminate Procrastination

Tips for how you can stick to better habits and master your willpower.
Use the 'Eisenhower Box' to Stop Wasting Time and Be More Productive
Leadership

Use the 'Eisenhower Box' to Stop Wasting Time and Be More Productive

Want to be more productive? Of course you do. Here's one proven strategy to improve your schedule -- from an unexpected source.
How to Change Your Beliefs and Stick to Your Goals for Good
Lifestyle

How to Change Your Beliefs and Stick to Your Goals for Good

The root of behavior change and building better habits is your identity. If you change the type of person that you believe that you are, then it’s easier to change your actions.
Stop Wasting Time on the Details and Commit to the Fundamentals
Leadership

Stop Wasting Time on the Details and Commit to the Fundamentals

The small stuff, like answering emails and tweaking your web site design, are important but shouldn't be at the top of your to-do list. Instead, your time would be better spent focusing on the fundame
3 Books to Help You Form Better Habits, Be More Creative and Think Like a Leader
The 'Treps

3 Books to Help You Form Better Habits, Be More Creative and Think Like a Leader

James Clear talks about three books that have fascinated him and inspired his writing.
Don't Wait for Motivation. Do This Instead.
Grow Your Business

Don't Wait for Motivation. Do This Instead.

Making time to do great things comes down to doing this one thing right.
How You Can Stop Making Bad Decisions -- Now
Leadership

How You Can Stop Making Bad Decisions -- Now

Ever heard of decision fatigue? It might be what's stopping you from making more healthy and productive choices.
Afraid of Failure? Think Like a Scientist and Get Over It.
Grow Your Business

Afraid of Failure? Think Like a Scientist and Get Over It.

Your failures are not you. Your successes are not you. They are simply data points that help guide the next experiment.
No, You Shouldn't Obsess Over Being Perfect -- Especially When Starting Up
Starting a Business

No, You Shouldn't Obsess Over Being Perfect -- Especially When Starting Up

An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.
Travel Habits: How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road
Lifestyle

Travel Habits: How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road

Don't let new environments keep you from eating right, feeling great and staying productive for your startup.
I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website. Here's What Happened (to My Life).
Productivity

I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website. Here's What Happened (to My Life).

Simplicity rules -- in real life and online.
10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy Without Thinking
Lifestyle

10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy Without Thinking

Some practical ways to apply 'environment design' to your world and make it easier to live a healthy, happy and adventurous life.
How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating
Productivity

How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

We look at one of the great comedian's secrets behind his remarkable productivity and consistency.
Yes, You Can Be Happy While Pushing Yourself to Success
Lifestyle

Yes, You Can Be Happy While Pushing Yourself to Success

Happiness doesn't only have to be the result of accomplishing a goal. Here's how you can be upbeat through the entire process.
3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Productivity
Lifestyle

3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Productivity

Yes, you can manage your time to live healthier and happier, do the things that you know are important. Here's how.
The Easy Way You Can Stop Procrastinating and Stick to Good Habits -- Now
Productivity

The Easy Way You Can Stop Procrastinating and Stick to Good Habits -- Now

This simple strategy can get you motivated and moving in a positive direction.
Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
Lifestyle

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

When it comes to getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things.
8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings
Growth Strategies

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

How to make the most out of every morning.

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