The Art of Noticing
Time to Read: I found this a very fast and engaging read.
Quality: The writing is clear, consistent, and engaging.
General Review: Atomic Habits is a wonderful book that I have recommended to many people. Implementing the suggested habits has changed my life for the better. James Clear is straightforward and easy to understand. He doesn't come across as a guru or a person who is full of himself. The concept that helped me the most was setting very achievable habits. For example, if I decided to start writing a page a day I would do it for maybe one day. If I decided to write a paragraph each day I might do it for a week. But, based on the suggestions in this book, my daily writing habit is to write one sentence. It is such a low goal that I feel really bad if I miss it. The funny thing is that I always write more than one sentence once I get started. I have accomplished a great deal more in the past three months because of the habits I have learned in this book.
May 2nd, 2021
Time to Read: This one took me a while. It is like reading an academic thesis. I found the writing style somewhat tedious with repetitive, nuanced examples that made each concept drag on too long.
Quality: Good information
General Review: I teach art foundations. The majority of my students are graphic designers. I asked a colleague, professor of Graphic Design Blake Johnson, for reading suggestions so that I could better support my students. He suggested I read this book first. The book isn’t really about graphic design at all really but rather, as the title suggests, the design of everyday things. The best parts of the book are first, that it brings your attention to so many products and experiences that are, in fact, designed. Secondly, he takes some psychological pressures off of the reader by pointing out that operator error is, more often than not, a product of poor design. It was an eye opening text about helped me think about my interactions with the world around me.