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.

Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More.
Environment

Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More.

Winners often win because their environment makes winning easier.
The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business
Motivation

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

Why do we stay motivated to reach some goals, but not others?
The Downside of Work-Life Balance
Make More Happen

The Downside of Work-Life Balance

One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory.
The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work
Failure

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work

One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on.
The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It
Anxiety

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It

Worry is a problem for humans, but not animals. Read on to find out why.
Stay on the Bus: The Proven Path to Doing Unique Work
Radicals & Visionaries

Stay on the Bus: The Proven Path to Doing Unique Work

Revision makes the difference.
7 Times a 'Thank You' Is the Best Response
Thanking

7 Times a 'Thank You' Is the Best Response

So simple, yet so effective.
The Reason We Don't Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do
Goals

The Reason We Don't Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do

And what you can do about it.
Lessons From Sun Tzu: How to Use Military Strategy to Build Better Habits
Habits

Lessons From Sun Tzu: How to Use Military Strategy to Build Better Habits

The teachings of Sun Tzu extend far beyond the field of battle. His approaches can be applied to everything from business growth and goal setting to weight loss and habit formation.
Determining How Much Your Time Is Really Worth
Time Management

Determining How Much Your Time Is Really Worth

Not all uses of time are equal and this simple truth can make a big difference in life.
How to Master the Invisible Hand That Shapes Our Lives
Feedback

How to Master the Invisible Hand That Shapes Our Lives

Feedback loops are always running in the background of our lives, but they influence our bodies and minds in profound ways.
Here Is How to Effectively Manage Your Stressful and Busy Schedule
Stress Management

Here Is How to Effectively Manage Your Stressful and Busy Schedule

This technique can help reveal the meaning behind stressful events in your life.
Why Creativity Is a Process, Not an Event
Creativity

Why Creativity Is a Process, Not an Event

Here are some practical tips on becoming more creative.
This Zen Concept Will Help You Stop Being a Slave to Old Behaviors
Productivity

This Zen Concept Will Help You Stop Being a Slave to Old Behaviors

The strategy is called shoshin, meaning 'beginner's mind.'
5 Common Mental Errors That Stop You From Making Good Decisions
Decision Making

5 Common Mental Errors That Stop You From Making Good Decisions

Here are the mental errors that show up most frequently in our lives.