Improve your life with just 20 minutes a day


Re-reading “” by John Piper and it hit me hard when John begins to discuss the power of just scheduling in 20 minutes a day to read.

Suppose you read slowly, like around 250 words a minute (there is a great app that I use to increase speed of reading called ReadQuick). This would mean that you could read about 5,000 words in just 20 minutes. An average book has around 400 words to a page. So you could read about 12 1/2 pages in 20 minutes. Suppose you could discipline yourself to read a certain or topic 20 minutes a day for 6 days a week, for a year. That would be 312 times 12.5 pages for a total of 3900 pages. Assume with me again that an average book is 250 pages long. This means you could read 15 books like that in a year.

Now venture with me if you could discipline yourself to set aside 20 minutes early in the morning, 20 minutes before, after or during lunch and then 20 minutes again before bed as you try to calm your mind from the day’s activities. That would amount to 36 medium size books.

I am not trying to say we should all strive to limit our reading to quick shots or two times a day. Just for those who are struggling with getting in reading, to try to discipline yourself these quick 20 minute times with a book where you can live in another great mind or two.

Lastly, I am not trying to give you the impression that reading a ton of books is the best either. I agree with Spurgeon: “A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books which he has merely skimmed, lapping at them.”

What do you think could be accomplished if you found the 20 minutes a day or 20 minutes 3 times a day? Imagine where you will be a year from now.

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