I probably don’t have to tell you about the importance of reading. It makes you smarter, it helps you (in a really cheap way) understand more of the world and it is a great way to relax. Leaders are readers, that sort of stuff. Elon Musk learned how to build rockets by reading books, for example.

But how to do it?

It is actually pretty easy to read more. You need to carve out time each day to actually do it. I’m sticking with it by having a recurring task each day which says: “read a single paragraph”. I know if I start reading, 9 out of 10 times I will keep reading. This is the “just get started” principle.

Secondly: I have reserved my train ride towards work for reading and made a habit out of it. No work, no music, just me and my book. It is a great time to get my daily reading in and it is a really nice way to get started with the day.