how to make time for reading and why this is not a how-to post like any other else you’ve read before

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This is not going to be the first time I talk about this. And this is not gonna be the first time you’re gonna need to read this. Making time for reading is one of the biggest challenges of modern life, and it’s so challenging that most people end up thinking it’s impossible or impracticable. But it’s not.

I’m actually gonna tell you one little thing you can do to make it work, and it’s going to work.

Instead of suggesting you to make the most of your commute, read while you’re eating lunch, standing in line, or multitasking like crazy, instead of making you chose books that really interest you, or instead of making you set goals, schedule reading sessions, join a book club, or join a reading challenge, I’m just gonna give you one advice. Even though all those things could help you. But not today. I’m gonna suggest a habit that will change your life. And fuck no. I’m not gonna tell you to learn speed reading. Please don’t. Don’t waste money and time on that.

Okay. Are you ready? Here it is:

Read first thing in the morning and before you sleep!

I know. It’s simple. I told you. And you wanna know the best part? You don’t have to change your schedule or wake up at 5:30 in the morning. No. Nor go to sleep after midnight. Not at all. Unless the book so good you can’t put it down. But what I’m telling you is this: just take 20 minutes after you wake up and 20 minutes before you go to bed.

And listen, I’m pretty sure there’s a huge chance you have your phone brightening your face during those times. I know how it works. You’re either scrolling social media or reading e-mails that you forgot to read. Or you’re playing online chess with me. Yea, I’m guilty of that bad habit too. But instead of holding your phone in your bed, pick a book. Open it and read it for 20 minutes. Then stop and go live the day or hit the hay.

Simple. Manageable. And you have absolutely no excuse not to do that. So go read. And good morning or good night.

Oh, and by the way, I don’t have to tell you the benefits of reading, especially at those times. But that’s true as well if you need an extra incentive. Your life will improve AF if you start doing that.

👊🏻 João


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