What if you had a more efficient way to learn? Or a way to keep your mind sharp? How about another way to escape stress and boost mental health?
Yep…reading has that.
I’ve been reading almost daily for about seven months now, and it’s been a game changer. From my reading this year, I’ve learned a ton of key business concepts, enjoyed conversations between a great writer and famous comedians, and journeyed into lesser-known corners of the Game of Thrones world (the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire, but that’s not really important right now).
From early childhood, I remember my teachers, TV shows, and – heck – even strangers telling me to read. My head was in a book every day at the time, but I never really got the hype. I just wanted the reading points at school so I could trade them in for cool bookmarks.
I took a break from consistent reading. During college, I only read when it was assigned. Okay, I read some of the assignments. And when I graduated, words were my job, so I didn’t want to read at night.
But after a while, I started to miss it. I decided to read more consistently, and now more than ever, I see the value in reading.
Here are a few of the benefits of this dusty, old medium we call reading:
- Reading is a quicker way to absorb information.
- You can put a book down whenever you want, without a flashy prompt to continue.
- You don’t need an internet connection, charger, or batteries to read.
- Books end.
- Making books takes a while, and they are relatively expensive to produce. That usually means the information inside took more effort than a single blog post (self-burn) or some poorly disguised affiliate marketing content.
- Reading a paper book before bed might disrupt your circadian rhythm less than looking at screens, so it’s a great way to wind down for sleepy time. The verdict might be out scientifically, but personally I can say it’s way better than scrolling social media before I try to doze.
I can’t say I’ve become a millionaire or have interesting tales memorized for parties, but I can say it’s been a lot of fun reading more this year. I’m more relaxed at bed time since I’ve made it part of my routine, and I’m learning much more without the distractions of hyperlinks and internet rabbit holes.
Let me set the record straight: I’ve got nothing against reading online. I just want to add more physical books to my media mix. After reading this, maybe you will too. (Send me a message if you want to talk about what you’ve been reading.)