With multiple assignments and looming deadlines, sometimes taking the time to read a book can be placed on hold for more imminent work that needs to be done. That being said, studies have found that reading can actually help to improve productivity. Here are just a few ways reading can help improve your work life.
Your brain is a muscle; the more you use it, the better it works! Studies have found that the more you read, the easier it can be to concentrate on important tasks throughout the workday. The reason for that is that reading requires more concentration than speech or image processing, in turn requiring the reader to focus more intently on the content.
Over time, reading can allow you to become more productive in the office, since you will have trained your brain to focus for extended periods of time.
Reduce Stress Levels
Reading can sometimes be an escape from the chaos of everyday life. Research has found that reading can sometimes reduce stress levels faster than drinking a cup of tea, listening to music, taking a walk, or playing games. This is because reading requires you to shift your focus to the book, so you can unwind and get out of your own head.
One of the best parts of reading is that it can sometimes help you sleep better. Particularly after a long workday, it can be easy to reach for your phone and scroll through emails before bed. A helpful tool is to opt for a book instead. By choosing a book over the television or your cell phone, you’re eliminating your exposure to the phone’s blue light and to information (i.e. emails the endless social media scroll or back-to-back video hole) that can make you feel more awake.
The next time you’re on the fence about starting a new book, remember these benefits and start reading.