“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”Abraham Lincoln
It seems like every day brings with it new, busy tasks that really don’t amount to much. These are the hundred small things that pile up to eventually kill the day and every good intention I had the night before.
Some of those small things are my own fault (such as getting up late) and some are more external, but still ultimately my fault for letting them disturb my peace.
It feels like I’m in a constant struggle with these pawns to fight for the time to be creative.
That’s why, first thing in the morning with a belly full of eggs and a fresh-pressed cup of coffee, I like to read.
The Power of Reading
Reading allows me to learn something new before the onslaught of tiny tasks take up the rest of my day. If it’s a fiction book I’m reading, it gives my creative mind fertile food before it has to focus on emails and bookings.
By doing this first thing in the morning, I will have accomplished the task of learning something new and helping my creativity, and no matter what I do for the rest of the day, this accomplishment will stay with me.
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, those minutes add up over time and build up a vast array of knowledge. Knowledge, and help in dealing with the day’s uncertainty.
According to an article published in The Atlantic, psychologists from the University of Toronto found that those who read regularly had a greater tolerance for uncertainty and were less likely to need cognitive closure, “a need to reach a quick conclusion in decision-making and an aversion to ambiguity and confusion.”
On top of this, fiction readers were found to be better creative thinkers.
When I was in the 1st grade, we had a mandatory (as most things are at that age) reading time, where we would all read quietly to ourselves. Imagine what kind of beautiful Utopian society we’d live in if businesses took a lesson from my elementary school and gave employees 30 minutes a day specifically to read a novel or nonfiction.
As I’ve discussed in a previous article, companies would learn a lot by looking at the stories and lessons we consume as kids.
Everything else is just expanding upon and over-complicating perfectly simple lessons that we all know well.
So that is why I like to read in the mornings. It keeps my head centered on what’s important and gives me a sense of accomplishment for the day, not matter what else follows.
And, more often than not, the biggest takeaways from my day come from my morning book with a side of coffee.