Before Breakfast - Buy more books

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

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Good morning.

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This is Laura.

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Welcome.to.the before breakfast podcast today's tip is to buy more books in a time when it's challenging to create new adventures or to meet new people books are one of the Best Bets for discovering new ideas and spending time wisely.

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Now, I know this episode might seem a wee bit self-serving. I have written several books. And so of course, I'd like to expand the book buying Market, but I'm writing this episode as much for me as for anyone longtime listeners know that I am chronically cheap we could use a nice word like Frugal, but I'm trying to be honest here is taking me a long time to convince myself. That bind books is a good investment for starters on a dollar per hour basis looks are an incredibly cheap form of entertainment if you pay $20 for a book that takes you 4 hours to read. Well that is $5 an hour.

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Of course, it's not as cheap as a free social media sites, but I think a lot of us feel like our lives would be better if we spent less time on social media.

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Reading can fill all those bits of time that we tend to use for online bruising. If you put an ear eating app on your phone and buy ebooks, which is what I tend to do. You can even use the same device. It is just as easy to click on the Kindle app as the Twitter app, but I'm guessing one of these will feel like a slightly more edifying experience.

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To spend time reading books. You need to have books ready to read and hear I find that committing to buying a few more books than you otherwise would is wise you want to always have a book that you are looking forward to reading next that way you will spend more time reading.

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If you're cheap like me, it might help to give yourself a book buying allowance, then make it a little bit more than you think you will actually spend you can even decide that it doesn't roll over month to month. So you feel some urgency to put it to use that will give you a nudge to go perusal used bookstore over your lunch break or to read reviews in the Wall Street Journal or on Goodreads in order anything that you think looks interesting.

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It might also help to think of books as a substitute for other activities that are harder to pull off these days. Maybe you can't travel to Italy but you could read Under the Tuscan Sun.

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You can't attend an in-person technology conference, but you can read a book about the trade-offs involved in various technological Trends such as Cal Newport digital minimalism.

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You can't go here that inspiring speaker in person, but you can read his memoir.

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Put that way by an extra Buck or two a month seems like a great bargain. So why not give it a try. It's professional development, but it's a lot more fun than most professional development tends to be

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in the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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Everybody I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's be the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at iheartmedia.com that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

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