I budget time every morning to read and blog every morning. I do that before I check my personal email or work email. I believe you have to pay yourself first. When you open your email you pay someone else, because it’s usually people reaching out to ask you for something. Taking the time to read blogs, synthesize and add value, that builds your community. That’s paying yourself first.
Love this quote by Jeremiah Owyang. It’s something I try to do in the quiet early morning light myself; learning, reading and understanding new scientific and business articles or journals in my Google Reader or online journals. Making yourself smarter everyday is well worth spending the time on for the future.