“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” -President Harry S Truman
Reading: it’s one of those things most of us want to do more of and few of us make time for. Reading makes us sharper, better, more educated, (hopefully) more balanced, and better informed. There are a million reasons to read and at least a million books we could benefit from reading.
I love to read. I read 96 books in a single school year when I was about 12 years old. I adored reading and read every chance I could get. Then, I grew up, and there was no more time for reading. Between work, ministry, family, and school, extracurricular reading was put on the chopping block.
Then, I became an entrepreneur. Everything about entrepreneurship preaches the importance of reading. I agree, it is vital to one’s self-development. But still, I had no time for anything not related to work, ministry, family, or school. Then, I read a brilliant tip that has stuck with me.
Setting aside 15 minutes- with absolutely zero distractions- to dedicate to reading on a daily basis gives you 1 hour and 45 minutes of reading per week. Even if you miss a day, that’s an hour and a half of reading time per week. Guess what? It works! Taking 15 minutes a day and dedicating them to distraction-free reading is a fantastically successful tactic for adding reading back into the schedule of a busy person. One hour and 45 minutes a week will get you through books at a good pace and help keep your mind sharp and active.
Try it for a week and see how it works for you! I find that easy-to-remember times like first thing in the morning, one’s lunch break, or last thing in the evening works best to help make it a habit.
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