This is part three of a four-part series on reading. Click here for part one and here for part two.

Helpful hint #3 to become a better reader: Eat that elephant!
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The same is true with reading. You don’t have to devote extended amounts of time to reading, but even if you read for 10-15 minutes a day you will get through several books in the year.
(Joe Carter states that John Piper has worked out the math: 15 minutes a day will lead to 20 books/year)

Rarely do I go to an appointment without a book or something ready to read in case the person I’m meeting is late. I’ve read more than one book in the collective time that I’ve spent waiting for people. Getting the oil changed on the car? Take a book with you. Going on a business trip? Take a book with you. Many pages can be consumed in airports and hotel rooms.

A great time to spend those 10-15 minutes a day reading is right before turning the light off and drifting off to sleep. I developed a habit of reading before falling asleep when I was very young (my wise mother told me I could stay up an extra 30 minutes each night if I read). It’s a habit that my wife doesn’t always appreciate but lovingly puts up with!

Pro tip here: print books are better than digital books at this time. Studies have shown that the light from screens actually tricks our minds into thinking it’s daytime and makes drifting off to sleep more difficult. Trust me, I’ve experienced this many, many times.

Still think you are too busy to eat that elephant? Trevin Wax’s article may help: Reading When You’re Really Busy.


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