Here I am a half-century later with a career that requires I stay in the forefront of research and news. I have a child, who I spend time reading with and to and a long list of leisure reading that I can barely dent.
Bathroom time is where I spend the most time actually reading, using that time for both professional and leisure reading. I admit it. And, I am not proud of it. Though I like my bathroom, serene in its décor, it is not dedicated time…it’s like reading a book by paragraphs.
So, I am asking myself: if reading is so essential to my career, to supporting my child, and to my feeling replenished, inspired, and creative, how do I prioritize it as it should be prioritized…I mean how do I get out of the bathroom?
In this reflection, I discovered something that sort of surprised me. I consider reading for my profession not a part of my work. Almost like it is a condition for doing my work that needs to be completed outside of working hours. I asked myself, why am I doing homework for work? I made a decision: professional reading is now an on-the-job assignment. It is time to include it as a priority and an important part of my work day.
I have also confronted my own self-imposed expectations. Most importantly, I have changed my perspective of reading. It is no longer a luxury that I can-not afford, but an essential pleasure well within my budget.
• Reading is inspirational to me. I schedule reading time before writing or designing time. It feeds my thought process and get’s my creative juices going.
• Sometimes I replace “rockin-out” in my commute with listening to audio books.
• I join book study groups. Book study provides structure, keeps me goal oriented and accountable. And I learn from others perspectives during the discussion time. Join Spirit Tree Consulting’s “Read to Lead” book study here.
• I don’t punish myself for not reading cover to cover. It’s not how I read business books anyway, however, I occasionally find the page turner that keeps me reading all the way to the end and wanting more.
• I read on planes (even the airline magazines)
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