Did you know that most CEOs read one book each week? This is done to stay current in their industry and to continue their professional development. If a CEO, who is at the top of the corporate game, spends this much time reading and learning, it must be worth the time and effort. Below are some tips to stay “in the know” by creating some daily reading and monthly learning habits that won’t overtake your calendar.
Daily Reading - It takes about 45 minutes a day to read one book per week and even that can be broken down further to 15 minutes during your commute, lunch break and during exercise. You can even use an app like Bookly to help you keep your daily reading habit. If you are not interested in books, you can still stay “in the know” with a quick 10 minute daily reading of the industry news.
- Audiobooks and eReaders - Technology has made it possible to listen to books and carry them digitally or electronically. No need to go to the bookstore anymore. Just go online, download and get started.
- Podcasts - In addition to audiobooks, podcasts can be a great way to learn and grow professionally without reading. Ted Talks are a great example of this. Click here for more ideas on alternatives to reading.
- Social Media - Follow industry leaders on Twitter and LinkedIn to get the quick rundown of the day’s top stories.
- Email Newsletter - Get the news in your email inbox by subscribing to newsletters that are relevant to your industry. Some examples are emails from industry leader blogs or national or professional organizations.
Monthly Learning - Along with daily reading, there are opportunities for monthly learning that will help you stay “in the know” and continue your professional development. These may require an hour or more at a time but can give a real boost to your industry knowledge and skill development.
- Webinars - Many universities and national organizations offer webinars (free or low-cost) that you can do from your office as your lunch break.
- Coffee - Grab a coffee with a mentor or industry co-worker to discuss industry trends while also encouraging feedback on your professional growth. This is also a great networking opportunity!
- Meetings - Some national organizations have local chapters that have regular meetings and events that you can attend for learning opportunities specific to your industry. It is also a great way to build your network!
As you are creating your routine to stay “in the know”, reach out to your AthLife Advisor to discuss which of the above habit strategies fit your schedule and goals best.