Did you know that most successful people share the love of reading? It’s true, most business leaders and entrepreneurs that you know of credit their success to their daily reading routine. From celebrities like Oprah to big business moguls like Warren Buffett and Elon Musk, avid readers have an excellent track record of reaching their goals.
In this post, we’re sharing five tips you can implement in order to make reading a priority in your life. You’re going to learn about how to carve out the time, how to create an environment conducive to reading, and more!
Use the Rule of 20. This is a guideline for ensuring you begin to read every single day. Set a goal of either 20 pages per day or 20 minutes per day, and stick to it! You might feel like you don’t have an extra 20 minutes per day, but we’re all guilty of spending time scrolling through social media on a daily basis.
Create a space for yourself. Whether you find a quiet room in your house or retreat to a coffee shop or library, finding an environment that allows you to focus on reading will help you get in the habit. Maybe you like to read on the train, or maybe you would prefer to relax in the bathtub while you read. Find what works for you, and have your books with you when you’re in that space.
Set aside distractions. It’s no secret that we live in the age of distractions. But if you want to read more, you need to carve out quality time. While you’re reading, let your family know that you’re going to be busy for 20 minutes. Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb, and shut off the tv or any other distraction. If you’re going to read, you should immerse yourself fully in the topic so you can process what you’re reading.
Take notes. Particularly with business books, there can be a lot of information to digest. After your reading session, take a few minutes to write down the main takeaways or any information you want to remember.
Build reading into your daily routine. Try to be consistent about the time of day that you read. Perhaps you can read while you drink your morning coffee, or in the evening after you’ve put your kids to bed. It doesn’t matter what time, but find a chunk of time that consistently works for you, and stick to it.
Want to know what to read? We’ve got a few reading lists for you!