Cross Reading πŸ”ƒ πŸ“–

One of the main factors that led to the creation of this blog was the intention to use it as motivation for personal change.

The rationale was that whatever efforts were being attempted from a learning, growing or positive habit establishment perspective would be documented; thereby spurring me on to continue / encouraging more positive action (yay, go me!).

I envisioned titles like ‘How I got up at 5:00 am every morning for 10 days‘, ‘Learning Zulu‘ or even ‘Lessons from 24 hours without using my smart phone(blame bad phone habits for coming up with this last goal).

I recently started working on sticking to a daily routine; performing the same set of actions at predefined times during the day; everyday.

Having a fixed routine allows positive habits to be more easily incorporated in the day, as well as making it easier to stick to them.

Without having a structure it’s easier to put off positive intentions for less beneficial actions (like reaching for one’s smart phone).

One of the positive habits recently added, is spending dedicated time reading. In fact, I am currently doing what I have termed as ‘cross reading(patent not pending).

‘Cross reading’ is not the act of reading while being angry, where one furiously turns pages while in an agitated state. (sorry, couldn’t resist the bad play on words)

Rather, it came about as I found two great books and decided to read a bit of both everyday.

With coffee in hand during the morning, I read a few pages of a book titled ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’ by Robert Dobelli. I particularly like the way the content is structured. Each chapter introduces a new concept (thereby meaning each chapter can also be read in isolation) and is no longer than 3 pages.

Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with every concept in the book; I do think that it is packed with practical wisdom and I start each chapter with the anticipation of seeing what’s next (I’m about halfway through the book).

My evening routine includes reading as well; currently this means a few pages of James Clear’s ‘Atomic Habits’. Even though I am roughly only a quarter way through this book, it feels as though so much goodness (for lack of a better word here) has already been imparted.

The book is also an easy read. I was drawn to it and encouraged to read further by an account of an incident that happened to the author when he was younger.

What is clear in both books, is that significant thought has gone into the content, structure and anecdotes given.

Do you read books frequently? If so, when do you make the time to do so?

Also, do let me know if you have read either of the books mentioned here, ✌️ (glances at his smart phone, knowing its not the time to reach for it).

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