Many years ago, I realized that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. This year, instead, I created a ritual. A resolution is a hope and a prayer. A ritual is a highly specific behavior done at a precise time, so that it becomes automatic over time.
My ritual is to read 25 pages each day of a book that advances my knowledge in the work I do, and 25 pages a day of a literary classic. The first I’m doing at lunchtime, and the second as soon as I get home from work.