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An Hour To Read

“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.”
― Thomas Wharton

Beyond the obvious statement, the above quote provides, there is also a second line that should be added. “An hour spent reading makes the day more productive”

As part of reducing stress (much of it self-induced), I’ve been reading up on how productivity and mindfulness can work together to help the individual get to a better place.

One of the things I’ve started to do is to block out time to read. This means unplugging from the world for ideally an hour. Being able to read without interruption not only makes for greater understanding of the material being read, but I have also found makes more productive when I jump back into the rest of the day.

And things I read are not limited to fiction or nonfiction. I will include things like agendas and background materials for board meetings to longer articles I have found online I want to read in-depth. In short, anything that would benefit from having greater focus from not being distracted.

Much like getting in the zone to write requires an environment with as few distractions as possible, “deep” reading requires the same. I can read or write with certain background music, but my favorite background sounds are found outside with the wind rustling among the trees. Everyone will be different on what background sounds work for them.

The most important thing is to remove other sources of distraction, be it email, social media or any other thing that prevents you from getting into “your space” to read or write.

The next challenging will be carving out an hour to read undisturbed. The weekends and holidays I find it very easy to get up, have breakfast and then spend an hour reading before getting on with the day. Weekdays with work requirements have proven to be more of a challenge. At present, I sometimes spend between 30-45 min after dinner reading when I can.

Many productivity experts talk about waking up an hour earlier and doing some of these habits at the start of the day. It’s something I’d like to try in future but at the present time I know my limitations (and how much I like a good nights sleep)

Like any productivity or lifestyle tip, your mileage may very. You may find a different time spent may be more beneficial for you. In the end, it is worth a try to see if can produce a positive result.

Commonplace Books

CommonplaceBooks

Life has been keeping me very busy so one of the first things that have fallen by the wayside sadly is blogging. We are planning to move house and trying to sort / purge and pack is a very overwhelming task. It appears to have caught up with me as I’ve been sick for the last few days. So I’ve taken cold meds and hopefully, by staying in bed I will heal faster.

I’ve been using this time to catch up on my RSS feed and notice that the Evernote Blog is doing a series on notetaking including commonplace books. A commonplace book is essentially a scrapbook or a journal where one would put ideas or thoughts about subjects one is reading about or learning. In the modern world, Evernote and Pinterest do similar things.

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On Tools and Inspiration

On Tools and Inspiration

When finding a better way to write people sometimes can overfocus on the tools to make the task more efficient. I have observed similar things in other hobbies like photography or even in professional settings like project management.

These days there has never been as many tools available for the aspiring writer (photographer etc) This is both a blessing and a curse as the sheer number of choices can produce decision paralysis, which is a fancy way of saying you can’t decide.

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