Most people wish they read more.† It is an activity that is both fun and enlightening.† It can help us be more knowledgeable and successful.† However, it is an activity that many people don't engage in very much.† According to the 1999 National Household Education Survey, 50% of the U.S. population aged 25 and over read a newspaper at least once a week, read one or more magazines regularly, and had read a book in the past 6 months.† What does this mean?† It means that 50% of the population hasn't read a book in the last six months!†
Looking at the other end of the spectrum, research shows that if you read ten books a year, you are in the top few percent of all people as readers.† Simply stated, it doesn't take much to be well read, but we do need to know how to get started.† The following are ten suggestions to help you strengthen your reading habit - ways to find and make more time for reading.
1.†Always have a book around.† Don't go anywhere without reading material.† Keep magazines or short stories in your bathroom.† Always have something in your briefcase to read.† Keep a book(s) by your bed.† Having things available makes it easier for you to steal otherwise lost moments.
2.†Set a reading goal.† Determine how much time you want to spend reading, or how many books you want to read over time.† Your goal might be a book a month, one per week, or it might be to read 30 minutes a day.† Start out with something attainable but still a stretch. As your habit builds, you might set higher goals. Setting a goal is the first step towards reading more.†
3.†Keep a log.† Keep a list of the books you have read, or keep track of how much time you read each day.† You might keep these lists in your journal or your day planner.† My son's log is on our refrigerator.† My list and log are kept on my computer.† It doesn't matter where you keep it, just do it.
4.†Keep a list.† Make a list of things you want to read in the future.† Ask your friends and colleagues what they are reading.† Watch for recommendations in the newspaper and magazines.† Once you start looking for good books, you'll find them everywhere. This is a great way to keep your enthusiasm up.† By knowing what great stuff you want to read, you will reinforce your reading habit.
5.†Turn off the television.† Many people say they just don't have enough time.† Television is one of our major time consumers.† Make your television watching more conscious and less habitual.† There is nothing wrong with watching television shows you really enjoy.† Where the time gets lost is turning it on, and scanning to find "something to watch."† Those are the times to turn it off and pick up your book!
6.†Listen when you can't read.† Use your commute and other time spent in the car to listen!† There are great audio versions of all sorts of books.† Whether you want to "read" fiction, the latest self-help or diet book, it is probably available on tape. Don't get locked into the idea that you have to read it - listening to the book still gives you the experience, ideas, and imagination that reading a book can.
7.†Join a reading group or book club.† Reading groups typically meet once a month to discuss a book they have all decided to read.† Committing to the group provides a bit more impetus to finish the book, and gives you a great forum for discussion and socialization around the book's themes.
8.†Visit the library or bookstore often.† You have your list, right?† So you'll have some ideas of what you are looking for when you walk in.† But there is more to be gained by walking through places where books reside than just to make a transaction.† Take time to browse!† Let your eyes find things of interest.† Let serendipity happen.† Browsing will feed your mental need to read, and give you plenty of new things to read.
9.†Build your own strategy.† Decide when reading fits your schedule.† Some people read first thing in the morning, some before bed.† Some decide to read as they eat their lunch.† And there is more to your strategy than just timing.† Make your own decisions about reading. It is ok to be reading more than one book at once.† It is ok to stop reading something before you finish if it isn't holding your interest.† It is ok to skim the book, getting what you want or need, without reading every page.† Determine what works best for you, develop your own beliefs and ideas-then make them work for you.
10.†Drop Everything and Read.† My son's fourth grade class has DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time.† When the teacher calls for it, that's just what they do.† They read now.† That is my last piece of advice for you.† Do it.† Just get started.† Make it DEAR time.† Now.
inspiration to enhance your professional skills.† Go to www.kevineikenberry.com/uypw/current.asp">http://www.kevineikenberry.com/uypw/current.asp to read the current issue and subscribe.† Kevin is also President of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a learning consulting company that helps Clients reach their potential through a variety of training, consulting and speaking services.† You may contact Kevin at toll free 888.LEARNER.
Head of powerful CGT tells French president of trouble to come unless he cancels reform
The union leader heading protests against France‚Äôs bitterly contested pension reforms has accused Emmanuel Macron of playing with fire and showing contempt for the country‚Äôs workers.
Philippe Martinez, head of the powerful CGT, said the president and his government were ‚Äúdisconnected‚ÄĚ from the real world, and their advisers needed to ‚Äúshake the hands of a few who actually work‚ÄĚ.
The Observer‚Äôs political editor has reported on Britain‚Äôs place in the EU for more than 30 years. Here he charts the key moments in a stormy relationship and the missed chances to save it from destruction
Last week, with the end of the UK‚Äôs 47-year membership of the club of European nations just days away, I looked back at some newspaper cuttings from my time as a Brussels correspondent. A picture of worried-looking farmers eyeing up their cattle at a market in Banbury stared out alongside banner headlines. ‚ÄúBritish beef banned in Europe. Cattle prices fall. School meals hit. EU ‚Äėrules‚Äô broken.‚ÄĚ Among the many crises in British relations with the EU down the years ‚Äď from Margaret Thatcher‚Äôs bust-up over the European budget in the early 1980s to the UK‚Äôs exit from the ERM in 1992 ‚Äď the beef war between London and Brussels ranks among the biggest.
It was 29 March, 1996, and the European commission had just announced a worldwide ban on the export of British beef. The EU‚Äôs executive opted for decisive action after the Tory government admitted there could be a link between ‚Äúmad cow‚ÄĚ disease and the mutant strain of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which could kill humans. I had been in Brussels less than three months. It was a hugestory, and reading through articles I had written at the time, it felt like yesterday. But what was most striking, as my mind fixed again on events of 24 years ago, was how relevant that one prolonged and tortuous episode seemed today, in the context of Brexit.
UN urges immediate action as east African nations already experiencing devastating hunger see large areas of crops destroyed
The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger.
‚ÄúEven cows are wondering what is happening,‚ÄĚ said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. ‚ÄúCorn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.‚ÄĚ
New research warns that ‚Äėblue acceleration‚Äô ‚Äď a global goldrush to claim the ocean floor ‚Äď is already impacting on the environment.
The scaly-foot snail is one of Earth‚Äôs strangest creatures. It lives more than 2,300 metres below the surface of the sea on a trio of deep-sea hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Here it has evolved a remarkable form of protection against the crushing, grim conditions found at these Stygian depths. It grows a shell made of iron.
Discovered in 1999, the multi-layered iron sulphide armour of Chrysomallon squamiferum ‚Äď which measures a few centimetres in diameter ‚Äď has already attracted the interest of the US defence department, whose scientists are now studying its genes in a bid to discover how it grows its own metal armour.
Ronald Lauder‚Äôs Auschwitz memorial address will demand action against a rising tide of hatred
The president of the World Jewish Congress has accused leaders of contributing to the ‚Äúdrip, drip method‚ÄĚ of spreading antisemitism, comparing it to the defamation campaigns that culminated in the Holocaust.
Ahead of the 75th anniversary on Mondayof the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ronald Lauder said that governments spent too much time talking about the dangers of antisemitism and not enough time tackling it.
Party HQ, under its general secretary, Jenny Formby, has rejected criticism for advertising senior posts in emails to staff
Allies of Jeremy Corbyn have been accused of trying to cement their power at the top of the party after they announced plans to appoint new staff to senior posts before the next leader is elected.
The party sent an email to staff last week advertising posts of head of press and broadcasting, head of policy development, and deputy regional director in London. The applications have to be made by early February.
Less than 48 hours before the inquiry is due to start hearing evidence about ‚Äúdecisions which led to the installation of a highly combustible cladding system‚ÄĚ, Boris Johnson announced Benita Mehra was standing down from a panel advising the chairman of the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick. It followed 10 days of rising pressure on the prime minister from the community devastated by the fire on 14 June 2017 ‚Äď which claimed 72 lives ‚Äď to reverse her appointment.
Boris Johnson‚Äôs partner and animal rights activist was briefed by Badger Trust weeks before the policy was changed
The influence exerted on the prime minister by his partner, Carrie Symonds, will be explored in court after permission was granted last week for a judicial review into how the government came to pull a cull on badgers in Derbyshire.
The case could embarrass Boris Johnson and raise questions about the government‚Äôs willingness to listen to its advisers when formulating policy.
Ahead of critical trade talks, Steven Mnuchin says ‚Äėdiscriminatory‚Äô levy no place in budget
One of the most senior figures in the US government has warned Sajid Javid to delay a ‚Äúdiscriminatory‚ÄĚ tax on big tech companies, in the latest sign of tensions with Donald Trump‚Äôs administration ahead of critical trade talks.
Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, used a breakfast meeting with the chancellor on Saturday to warn him directly against applying the new tax as part of his forthcoming budget. The confrontation comes as the US mounts a last-ditch attempt to stop Britain using technology from China‚Äôs Huawei in its 5G network.
The Senakw development aims to ease the city‚Äôs chronic housing crisis ‚Äď and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatible
The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.
This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It‚Äôs one of Canada‚Äôs smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence market
The futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is ‚ÄúDelivering smiles‚ÄĚ. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the campus at various stages of its construction.
Built on nine acres in this Indian city‚Äôs financial district, it is Amazon‚Äôs single largest building globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. It can house over 15,000 employees, but its size is its main architectural feature: it resembles the same cube of glass steel and chrome seen in corporate offices across Hyderabad, though a flash of magenta reflected in one of the top floor windows, from a billowing sari across the road, is a nice Indian touch.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck state‚Äôs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israel‚Äôs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders ‚Äď a bus service that runs at weekends.
Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a pleasure,‚ÄĚ said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a blessed initiative.‚ÄĚ
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country‚Äôs plastic waste problem ‚Äď and their novel idea is catching on
On bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav‚Äôs main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff of fairytales.
But last week, Yadav was sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, over a piping hot meal of dal, aloo gobi, poppadoms and rice. He earned the food in exchange for bringing in 1kg of plastic waste. ‚ÄúThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,‚ÄĚ he said.
Forks, pendants and wine jugs shine a light on city life in the Middle Ages
It is said that one person‚Äôs trash is another‚Äôs treasure. The discovery by archaeologists of a huge cesspit containing medieval artefacts under one of London‚Äôs finest historic buildings is proving the case.
Up to 100 objects, largely dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, have been retrieved from sticky, greenish sludge in a four-metre-deep pit beneath the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House.
Several US veterans‚Äô organizations call for president to apologize for remarks about injuries suffered by service members in Iraq
Veterans of Foreign Wars, a prominent organization advocating for US military veterans, has called for Donald Trump to apologize for remarks downplaying brain injuries recently suffered by nearly three dozen American service members in Iraq.
Chief medical officer says Australia is ‚Äėincredibly well prepared to isolate and deal with‚Äô any more cases
Australia‚Äôs chief medical officer has warned there will likely be more cases of the deadly coronavirus confirmed in the country, as the federal government explores plans to evacuate Australian citizens from the pandemic‚Äôs epicentre in central China.
Prof Brendan Murphy, Australia‚Äôs chief medical officer, said more cases of 2019-nCoV were likely, following the confirmation of four cases. NSW Health said on Sunday afternoon a fourth person had tested positive, according to their preliminary test results, though more follow-up was needed.
Campaigners say education funding would be ‚Äėinappropriate if not irresponsible‚Äô in light of ban on pregnant girls attending school
An opposition MP and activists in Tanzania are urging the World Bank to withdraw a $500m (¬£381m) loan to the country, amid concerns over deteriorating human rights, particularly for women and girls.
In a letter addressed to the bank‚Äôs board members, Zitto Kabwe said he feared the money would be used by the ruling party ‚Äúto distort our electoral processes‚Äô‚ÄĚ and ensure an easy victory in an election year.
Researchers sound the alarm after statistics reveal almost half of impoverished children in rural areas do not have enough to eat
Poverty has reached unprecedented levels in Zimbabwe, with more than 70% of Zimbabwean children in rural areas living in poverty, a UN study has found.
The report, compiled by Unicef and the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, shows high levels of privation in rural areas, where 76.3% of children live in abject poverty. Statistics seen by the Guardian suggest that almost half of these children do not have enough of the right food to eat.
As the death toll in Yemen passes 100,000, questions must be asked about UK arms exports to the Saudi-led coalition
As British politics reverberates with the results of the general election and Brexit approaches, the announcement from researchers that the death toll in the war in Yemen now exceeds 100,000 went unnoticed in the mainstream press at the end of last year.
With heightened US-Iranian hostility after the US government‚Äôs killing of Qassem Suleimani, the prospects for the war in Yemen look increasingly bleak.
Wellington has restricted foreign political donations but its lax approach to Beijing suggests economic interests still trump national security concerns
Transparency International announced yesterday that New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world. This is excellent news, but New Zealand cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
Transparency International‚Äôs Corruption Perception Index assesses whether countries have a corrupt judiciary and public sector. Some other aspects where corruption can also occur, such as political funding, are not included in the index.
Huge locust swarms in east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region‚Äôs worse infestation in decades
Representatives from Europe, Russia and America warned against the resurgence of antisemitism at a memorial event at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. Prince Charles, representing Britain, said the lessons of the Holocaust were 'searingly relevant to this day'
Authorities have shut down public transport and airports to prevent Wuhan's 11 million residents from leaving the city as they look to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police have been seen patrolling railway stations and setting up roadblocks
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