Wednesday, January 5, 2011, PM | Leave Comment
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket,” according to a famous Chinese Proverb. Of course, we don’t take it literally because some books are quite big to carry. But in this digital age, we carry only an E-Reader. Simply download the content of whatever book you want, carry it in your pocket and read wherever and whenever is convenient. Because of the lower monthly membership prices, it’s a lot less expensive as well.
If you are in public or sitting in the privacy of your home, you need to focus on your reading. There are so many distractions in life that it’s hard to focus, especially the digital distraction – cell phone, email, social networking, chat rooms, clicking on the Internet website, sometimes aimlessly, work, family and a whole lot of other distractions.
We all need to practice focusing in our daily lives, not only reading but on our finances as well. Focused reading is becoming rarer in this day and age. We have become accustomed to reading only the headlines. We can’t even read a single blog post of two pages or more. We usually skim and then move on to another website and another post, sometimes unrelated to the subject we started out to read about.
Needless to say our reading habits have changed due to the ongoing usage and persistence of online distractions. We read shorter, faster, more frequently. However, longer reading is slowly diminishing in our life. Focused reading is harder.
One effect is that we have become slaves of blogs and websites where we are satisfied to read shorter articles. We read fewer books and fewer longer articles. We believe in instant gratification in the digital age. We leave an article in the middle if it’s more than 500 words.
How to read books without distractions
If you are reading a physical book or have downloaded it to your favorite ebook reader and reading its content, you need to put away your laptop and mobile devices, and shut everything off. Find a quiet place, and just read. Then grab a cup of coffee or tea, settle into the reading, and enjoy every word of it.
The simple act of walking can be a tremendous boost to your focus
Henry David Thoreau once said: “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Thoreau was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister [I like that one], development critic, surveyor, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.
The simple act of walking can be a tremendous boost to your focus,
productivity, clarity of mind, not to mention your health and waistline.
Make your own routine
Walk for 20-30 minutes to a location: coffee shop, library, park,
beach, cafe or bistro, peaceful rest spot, etc. Don’t use mobile devices
as you walk, instead remain disconnected.
When you walk, you can think and you can think better and clearer, which is something that’s hard to do when you are sitting and distracted all day.
Work or read for 30-40 minutes: write, take notes, read, respond to
emails, design, meet with a colleague or client, make calls, whatever.
You can also have coffee, some water, fruits, a small meal, and so on.
Repeat as many times as you can. Following this routine everyday is much better but if you do it for at least 3 days a week, I think you would accomplish your focus not only on reading but on everything else as well. Not only focus, you would get into tremendous shape by walking so much.
The following links to a list of books on finance that you can read for the information. You can easily turn information into knowledge to live a better financial life. Have fun reading.
In a Nutshell
Like Thoreau said, walking can help in focusing on everyday life that you are going to live only once. When you start reading, disconnect with all the digital gadgets that you use every minute of your life, except may be your ebook reader.