Habit: Read Through Your Reading Pile

by StephBuckwalter on March 12, 2012

I have a secret. I love learning. I love reading, researching, and sharing my new knowledge. I love thinking about what I’m learning, and playing around with it in my mind.I love seeing how it connects to the world around me.

There are many things I want to learn about, so I collect reading material for those times when I have time. And then it sits, and sits, and sits. The reading material can take the form of books, magazines, things I get in the mail and ebooks. (For this post, I’ll stick to physical materials. Electronic books will be covered in the future.) You might have newspapers on your list, or textbooks, or something else.

Where do you like to read? Do you read on the go or sitting in a special place enjoying a beverage? Or do you read in bed as you wind down for the day? Wherever you read, that’s where you need to collect your reading material. And then read it. If you read on the go, have a bag with reading material in it that you can grab as you leave the house. If you read at night before bed, have a stack of books or magazines there. If it’s in a chair in the family room, have a basket or side table set up to accommodate your stash of reading materials. The key is to make it convenient so you will actually go through the stack of material regularly. If you take notes or journal as you write, have pen and paper handy to jot down your thoughts.

Once you have finished with a book, you can pass it on to someone else, resell it to a used book store or online, or shelve it for future reference. There are probably very few books you will read again, so don’t feel like you have to keep every book you buy. Same with magazines. If there are articles you want to keep, tear out the article and staple the magazine cover to it so you can reference the date and publication information if needed. If your reading pile gets too big, realize that you will probably never get to it and get rid of the stuff or at least move it somewhere out of sight so it doesn’t get in the way. Keep the stack(s) short and manageable.

Reading may seem like luxury, but it really is a great time to renew your mind and get some down time. Read, read, read!


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