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.

How to Optimize Your Daily Decisions
Making Decisions

How to Optimize Your Daily Decisions

Design for default. Our decisions are shaped by the world around us.
How to Declutter Your Mind and Unleash Your Willpower
Habits

How to Declutter Your Mind and Unleash Your Willpower

You can do it by using what's called 'bright-line' rules.
This Simple Daily Habit Will Add More Gratitude to Your Life
Habits

This Simple Daily Habit Will Add More Gratitude to Your Life

When you're feeling frustrated, rushed, and stressed, a little gratitude can come to the rescue.
This One Strategy Can Help You Stick With Your Good Habits Every Day
Habits

This One Strategy Can Help You Stick With Your Good Habits Every Day

It's called the 'Paper Clip' strategy. Here's how it works.
Do More of What Already Works
Habits

Do More of What Already Works

We assume that new solutions are needed if we want to make real progress, but that isn't always the case.
Why We Act Irrationally: The One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits
Habits

Why We Act Irrationally: The One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer and the results of the 'Copy Machine Study.'
The Candy Trigger By The Checkout Line (And Why We Fail With New Habits)
Growth Strategies

The Candy Trigger By The Checkout Line (And Why We Fail With New Habits)

As it turns out, selling candy bars can teach us a lot about building better habits.
5 Lessons on Being Wrong
Leadership

5 Lessons on Being Wrong

Your first choice is rarely the optimal choice.
Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More
Productivity

Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

New knowledge does not necessarily drive new results. Learning something new can actually be a waste of time if your goal is to make progress and not simply gain additional knowledge.
5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick
Habits

5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

These are the primary ways that a new habit can be triggered. If you understand each of them, then you can select the right one for the particular habit that you are working on.
What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic
Work Ethic

What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic

'Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.'
The Hidden Power of Mastering the Fundamentals
Personal Improvement

The Hidden Power of Mastering the Fundamentals

Take it from football great Vince Lombardi.
How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest
Practice

How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest

The experts who embrace the idea of deliberate practice continually ask themselves these questions.
5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail
Habits

5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail

Behavior change is hard. With these tips, it's considerably less difficult.
When Creating New Habits, Avoid the Second Mistake
Habits

When Creating New Habits, Avoid the Second Mistake

When it comes to building good habits and breaking bad habits, individual mistakes do not matter in the long-run. Instead, it is the second mistake that is far more important.