Written by Andrew Conner · Mar 10, 2014

One of the most influential books I’ve read is The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. He explores how habits work, and how we build (and change) them.

A habit I built shortly after reading this book was reading every morning before I left for work, for at least 20 minutes. I’m a utilitarian reader — there’s many other things I’d do for pleasure — so primarily read out of a love of learning. 20 minutes is short enough that I don’t miss sleep, and long enough to make progress every day. It’s turned into my haven, my morning meditation. I make my coffee, and read about something that interests me. Sometimes it’s from Longreads, an article I kept, or one of the several books I’m reading.

This isn’t the only reading I do, but it’s my base. It’s always there.

Over the past year and a half, it’s changed my life. Try it: set 20 minutes aside, attach a reward (coffee, tea, etc), and read. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in just 20 minutes.

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