It’s frequently said that those who lead, read. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have or a luxury, reading is a habit successful leaders consider critical to their success.
1. Set an Annual Reading Goal
As with most habits, change begins with goal. You set goals for your exercise routine, you set goals for how much weight you want to lose, reading is no different.
2. Maintain a Reading List
A powerful way to sustain your reading habit is to keep a reading list. This is a list of all the books you want to read. Some people keep this list in a journal, others as part of their to do list.
3. Read Broadly. Read Widely.
Diversify and add variety to your reading. Reading too much non-fiction or in one specific genre, such as history, business or psychology, can get boring.
4. Schedule a Daily Reading Time.
Schedule a daily reading time in your calendar. If you want to develop a reading habit, you need to make the time. Time is not like money, which you can save. Either you use it or you lose it. So block off reading time in your calendar. Make reading part of your daily routine.
5. Reduce Television and the Internet
Struggling to schedule time for your reading? Consider cutting down on the time spent watching TV, browsing the internet and reading the news. TV and the internet consume a huge amount of time, time that is better spent reading books.
6. Stop Reading a Crappy Book After 50 Pages
Life is too short to read crappy books. To prevent wasting your time on crappy books, adopt the 50 page rule. If a book hasn’t caught your attention after 50 pages, the chances are neither will the next 50 pages. The solution? Stop reading! Don’t be afraid to quit bad books.Complete article Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit By