Summer Reading: Chore or Privilege

For as long as I can remember, books were a chore because they often led to an evaluation of some sort. The problem with this is that I love to learn new things, and most of the time knowledge comes from a book. So, I have decided to try and incorporate reading back into my life, and take back the task as a privilege.


Running a business is very much like running a marathon—except you don’t know if you’re going in the right direction or how long the race actually is, and you’re doing it in the dark hoping not to trip on a pothole and fall flat on your face.

There are many things that can really help you along, but the best thing you can do is to KNOW what you are doing and why.

  • ➡️ What are your goals?
  • ➡️ What are your deadlines?
  • ➡️ What are you going to do to achieve them? ⠀⠀⁠⁠​⁣⠀⠀

Sticking to those goals and productive tasks can be hella-hard for a self-employed individual. Even more so when you’ve got to balance being an entrepreneur AND a parent. The key is developing good and healthy habits that keep your time being spent efficiently. As much as I like to think I’ve got all the things under control, there is always much to learn. So I have decided to try and incorporate reading back into my life. But long gone are the days of Harry Potter and Archie; let’s bring out the slightly more educational books.

For as long as I can remember, books were a chore because they often led to an evaluation of some sort. The problem with this is that I love to learn new things, and most of the time knowledge comes from a book. So, I have decided to try and incorporate reading back into my life, and take back the task as a privilege.

This summer I finished three books and am about to start another. I am determined to make it stick!! Did you read that? FINISHED. Yes, that is an accomplishment in itself for me!


To help keep the ball rolling, I have also picked up this book to help me create & keep better business habits that can be applied to all of my life: “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey​⁣ (it’s got cool graphs and pictures too so I actually want to read-read this one!). Now to develop the habit of actually reading a little bit of it every day (not only while on vacation) instead of staring at it sitting on my desk…

I think the real trick (for me) is to stick to audiobooks because they are a lot more productive—like during my daily long-ass stroller walks to keep baby happy. But the biggest takeaway for anyone from ‘reading’ all of these books is to actually implement the knowledge learnt in both life and business.

How do YOU feel about reading? Love it or loathe it?

Cheers!

stephanie de montigny SdeM handrawn initials ottawa blogger

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