Joel and reading
How do you manage to read these many books and run a company at the same time?
a little birdie
Some people read faster than others. I read quickly, but my wife can read 2-3x as much as I can. I swear it's freaky. :)
Every so often you read one of those inspirational newspaper stories about a grandmother who had just graduated from medical school while simultaneously raising her crack-head daughter's 12 children, as well as working full-time in a soup kitchen, writing symphonies, and doing research on genetics.
J. D. Trollinger
Also no television. No videos. No videos games. No bar/pub after work. No children. Give reading/learning/projects top priority. Don't let other people hijack your focus.....
fool for python
It depends on how much you sleep you need.
The Real PC
It probably also depends on whether you're an 8-hour-a-day programmer or a 14-hour-a-day programmer.
It all depends on nailing your priorities in life....
Joel doesn't have any children -- that's how.
Stephen Covey would say that the reading Joel does is a QI activity - which doesn't have immediate value or need but has long term value far beyond the investment of time made.
Read a little bit every day. You don't have to go through 4-5 chapters at one sitting.
Yep, if I had no kids and no need for sleep, I'm sure I'd accomplish so much more. Alas, that's not the reality.
A commute into work helps too. Now I drive into work I find it really difficult to get stuff read. I used to have 2 hours a day on the train.
Ritalin helps immeasurably.
Ged, you can "read" books on tape (or CD, or MP3) while you drive. I have a friend who drives a lot as part of his job. He listens to more books than I read.
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