We’ve seen buzz online recently about how much CEOs and successful business people read. According to this article in Inc., executives looking to be successful in business should read about 50 books a year – or approximately one book every week.
That statistic goes against the current conventional wisdom that print is dead, and might sound daunting to those of you trying to balance the needs of your business with those of your family and yourself. But a quick survey of Qocreate employees shows that we are all readers, and we think you can be too. Read on for our bookish advice about how and what you should be reading this fall.
1.Try alternate methods of delivery. If you commute by car, check out audiobooks from your library, or get yourself hooked up with a subscription like Amazon’s Audible service. If you take the train or fly a lot, load up your e-reader with books and devote a portion of your travel time to reading. Pro tip: most libraries have electronic editions of popular titles available for checkout 24/7.
2.Commit to reading every day. Lots of us make half an hour or an hour available for exercise each day. You can set the same goals to exercise your brain. Keep a time diary for a week and jot down how much time you spend watching TV and/or scrolling through your social media accounts. Average it out over the week and then pledge to spend half that amount of time reading instead. Or combine physical and mental exercise, and listen to books while you work out.
3.Find a community of readers. It’s usually easier to accomplish something if someone else is holding you accountable, and discussing the books you read leads to keener insights and, almost always, more books to read. If you have time for a traditional in-person book club, that’s great, but if not, there are plenty of ways to interact with others about the books you choose. Use your social media accounts to share thoughts about books you read; create an account at a book-focused site like goodreads to post reviews and enjoy online discussion; find someone at work who wants to chat about books once a month at lunch.
4.Treat yourself. If it’s not enjoyable you won’t stick with it, so make sure your reading stays fun and interesting. If you like surprises, Cratejoy’s Business Book Monthly – which includes a business-focused title plus a bunch of little treats each month – might be a good way to supplement your reading. If the thrill of cracking spines for the first time appeals to you, give yourself a budget to buy books instead of checking them out from a library. Don’t read just for business – keep literary fiction, hard-boiled detective novels, beach reads, cookbooks, or whatever appeals to you in the rotation as well.
5.Start with the classics. There are new business titles out every day and plenty of lists telling you what the “best” business books are, but we like this bunch, which includes practical advice, philosophy and a bit of passion.
Do you have tips about what to read, how to make time to read it, or how what you’ve read has changed your work? Please share in the comments below.