Reading is one of the best ways for you to gain new information that will be valuable for you if not for today then maybe for the next few years. Through reading, you also gain new perspectives, open up your mind, and train your brain to stay curious and creative. It might be a little bit more challenging for entrepreneurs to have keep reading habit due to many works and responsibilities. However, there will always a way for you to pick up a book even during your tight schedule.
Tips to develop reading habits for entrepreneurs
There is no rule that limits type of books entrepreneurs can read. Even if you read books unrelated to your expertise then it is totally fine. It will always be beneficial to get new knowledge and information. Reading can help broaden your mind and so it is very beneficial for your entrepreneurial life and personal life in general. And here are some tips to develop your reading habits:
Diversify your library
As mentioned earlier that there is no rule of what kind of book entrepreneurs should or should not read. The more diverse the books you read, the better. Hence, try reading books from various perspectives, genres, and sources. However, balance it with reading books on leaderships and industry related topics with material from other places that is unrelated to your typical reading or company materials. Reading more diverse books aside from the ones that pertain your own line of work and life is the best practice to adopt because it will add more value and insight.
Try reading in different formats
For those avid readers, reading physical books is much more satisfying. However, it is not the only way that you can read. You may also consider reading in different formats such as audiobooks. The benefit is that, you can still read while doing other meaningful activities. For example, you can listen to audiobook while having your morning jogging or while preparing your own meals. On the other hand, if you are more like e-reader, you may consider taking the hard copy and try reading it that way. Hence, you no longer have to spend hours staring at your screen. There are many different reading forms you can try from time to time. It can also make it reading experience less boring.
How to integrate reading into your life?
Many people often say they don’t read because they don’t have time. However, it is such a poor excuse because if you have time to scroll social media for hours, then you will have time to read a book. Also, do not feel burdened to finish reading a book in short time. There is no obligation of when you have to finish a book. The most important thing is how to get started it and make it into a regular habit of yours. You can read and use it as therapy for relaxation before bed. Other ways include listening to audiobook while commuting to work, or packing a book to read during a flight.