One of the reasons I started this blog is because I wanted to keep track of, comment on and discuss my latest obsession. Over the last couple months I’ve been really making an effort to spend a lot less of my time mindlessly refreshing Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and a lot more time reading.
I’m busy just like everybody else so I’ve even taken some pretty drastic measures to increase my productivity. I now keep my phone on “do not disturb” mode 90% of the time. This feature (which you can turn on in the “settings” section of your iPhone) is incredibly useful. When I’ve got it on, nobody can bother me; I can only bother myself. I’ve taken to leaving my phone in the car for 4 or 5 hours at a time, something that I could have never imagined even just a few years ago. And now whenever I’m working online, I close out of Facebook and Twitter unless I’m actively using them because I find the constant notifications distracting.
I’ve also taken to dedicating entire days to reading. When I don’t go out riding I try and get all my work done by 1 or 2 PM so that I can spend 3 or 4 hours reading. At first I couldn’t go much longer than an hour but now I rarely tap out before the 3 hour mark. My concentration is increasing steadily and it’s kind of exciting, like setting a personal record at the gym every time I spend a whole afternoon lost in a book.
Anyway here are the 5 most recent books I’ve read. I don’t read for relaxation or enjoyment, I read because I want to become smarter and more well informed. I’m writing about books because I want to share them and hopefully get more of my readers interested in self-education.