30 Minutes of Reading Daily Can Improve Your Productivity at Work

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30 Minutes of Reading Daily Can Improve Your Productivity at Work

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” – S Truman

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” – S Truman

Among a number of good habits that can boost your potential on the job, lots of experts are recommending daily reading as a pick-me-up that can-do wonders for your productivity and motivation. An average Indian is spending more than 10 hours reading books per week, so says a survey that puts India on top in comparison with other countries like China and the US; and the average Brit spends only about five hours reading books.

Studies have found that reading for leisure or entertainment for 30 minutes a day can have some pretty remarkable effects on your brain. No, we’re not talking about reading company reports, or trying to cram sheets of technical specifications into your brain. We’re talking about reading for pleasure. If you’re one of those people who “doesn’t read fiction”, find some interesting non-fiction you can sink your teeth into.

Here are some interesting benefits that you may get by spending some time turning pages and consuming the content of your imagination

Feel more relaxed:

Have you ever tried to meditate and get away from the chaos in your head to be in a place more isolated, far away from the complications in your surroundings? Reading is just another medicine filled with excitement, happiness and wildness. It has the power to disconnect you from the surrounding and take you into the world which exists just in your brain. It helps you change your mood, get some peace and gives you a good sleep

Be Wiser:

“A reader lives thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”- George R.R. Martin

Then why not gain the perspectives of thousand people and enrich ourselves. One of the greatest benefits you can get by reading is knowledge. It improves your soft-skills and gives you confidence in yourself. You become able see a criticality with different perspectives before coming to a conclusion. This only happens if you allow yourself to flow with the imagination of author and understand your surrounding standing in his shoes

Improve Focus:

There’s so much content to consume online these days – blogs, tweets, news, you name it. And that’s great, especially for staying up-to-date on world and industry events. But when you read a novel, there’s something extra you get. Without hyperlinks, chats, emails, or other notifications competing for your attention, reading books requires an undivided focus. This uninterrupted way of reading is conducive to “deep reading,” which is “slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity,” and more than simply decoding words on a page. This focus you get from “deep reading” is particularly important for jobs that require long periods of complicated text reading. It’s easier to process what you’re reading the more you do it.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on the treasure island” – Walt Disney

Recommended books:

1.The One Thing – By Garry Keller

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results is a non-fiction, self-help book written by authors and real estate entrepreneurs, Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. The book discusses the value of simplifying one’s workload by focusing on the one most important task in any given project

2.The Compound Effect – By Darren Hardy

  • The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, based on the principle that little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet.

3.First Things First – By Stephen Covey

  • First Things First is a self-help book written by Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. It offers a time management approach that, if established as a habit, is intended to help a person achieve “effectiveness” by aligning him- or herself to “First Things”.

4.Eat Than Frog – By Brain Tracy

  • Stop Procrastinating, Get More of the Important Things Done—Today! There just isn’t enough time for everything on our to-do list—and there never will be.

5.Thinking Fast and Slow – By Daniel Kahneman

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-selling book published in 2011 by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureate Daniel Kahneman. … The central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought: “System 1” is fast, instinctive and emotional; “System 2” is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

6.Steal like an artist – By Austin Kleon

  • Steal Like an Artist gives ideas that apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their life and their work.

7.Orbiting the giant hairball – By Gordon Mackenzie

  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball. “Orbiting is responsible Creativity vigorously exploring and operating beyond the Hairball of the corporate mindset, beyond ‘accepted models, patterns, or standards,’ – all the while remaining connected to the spirit of the corporate mission.”

8.The Art of War – By Steven Pressfield

  • The Art of War (Sunzi bingfa) is a 5th-century BCE military treatise written by the Chinese strategist Sun-Tzu (aka Sunzi or Sun Wu). Covering all aspects of warfare, it seeks to advise commanders on how to prepare, mobilise, attack, defend, and treat the vanquished

9.The Great Gatsby – By F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Great Gatsby, third novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.

10.The Catcher in The Rye – By J. D. Salinger

  • The Catcher in the Rye, novel by J.D. Salinger published in 1951. The novel details two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, Holden searches for truth and rails against the “phoniness” of the adult world.

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