Reading Will Always Be Worth It
As someone who works for myself and is in charge of my own time, I think a lot about daily habits and how they impact my life. A lot.
Like everyone, I have good habits (writing every morning), and I have not-so-good habits (late-night snacking).
No surprise here — no one’s perfect and we all struggle with balance.
With this in mind, I try not to give “one size fits all” advice.
Even though we all struggle with similar problems, we’re also very different people with different wants, needs, motivations, and quirks.
However, I recently came across a question online and felt compelled to share.
What started off as a simple question: “What is your most expensive habit?” turned into a much larger conversation.
Here was my answer:
After creating my own daily routine over the past three years, I would consider reading to be my most expensive habit.
It might be hard to believe, but I don’t really spend that much money day-to-day outside of the basics — rent, utilities, groceries, etc.
The only exception is when I come across opportunities to invest in myself, usually in the shape of books.
When I first began focusing on creating better habits, I started simple by writing for 30 minutes every morning.
As soon as I introduced the next habit — 30 minutes of reading — everything changed.
Since I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction books, I started learning about topics that had previously seemed inaccessible.
More importantly, I started finding new inspiration for my writing.
At this point, there aren’t really any new ideas, just new perspectives. Using these books, I began to borrow ideas from the authors and then proceeded to add my own perspective.
This made writing every day less work and much more fun.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like reading physical books.
Admittedly, I’m also one of those people who prefers to build my own library, which means I tend to buy these books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble instead of borrowing them from others.
Whenever possible, I try to save a little money by looking used bookstores first.