TL;DR :Read 20 pages everyday.
If you know how to read, then reading books is relatively easy. You simply have to make time to read. Easier said than done, of course.
As a result, most of my reading is done online. Now, there are plenty of excellent articles on the web, but generally speaking, the quality of good books is better. Books typically have better writing (more tightly edited) and higher quality information (better fact-checking and more extensive research). From a learning perspective, it’s probably a better use of my time to read books than to read online content.
So, I had to figure out a strategy that would allow me to read more books without letting typical distractions get in the way.
How do you that?
Here’s the only pattern I’ve been able to stick with consistently:
- 20 Pages Per Day
- The First Hour: How do you spend the first hour of your day?
Here’s why I think this pattern works: 20 pages is small enough that it’s not intimidating. Most people can finish reading 20 pages within 30 minutes. And if you do it first thing in the morning, then the urgencies of the day don’t get in the way.
Reading should be a joy, not an obligation. Books are full of magic and mystery, and if you’re not used to reading regularly it might be hard to tap into that at first. Keep going, however. Pick up a book and find time to read during the day. If it’s not a good book or if it’s not bringing you pleasure, then stop reading it! You certainly don’t have to finish every book you start.
So go on. Take a few steps to read more often and immerse yourself in our worldwide cultural pastime. It’s what all the smart people are doing.
Conclusion: Read 20 pages to start the day.