Reading professional and self oriented books in the cubicle?
My day is quite full of actions :) I own a business but go to my office daily as I'm an executive director. In the office I have meetings, as well as "work as it shows up" meetings :) I try to work off my action lists as well in this environment of constant interruptions. At home I have children so no so called discrete time either. That's just to describe my situation.
Now. I have a few books I need to read. Professional, self and children oriented. Never ever so anyone reading in the office (I used to work in many companies before). So my question is when are you guys reading professional books and magazines? Do you hide in the toilet or what? :)
Reading in the office is just fine
If what you're reading is work-related of course. I've scheduled a reading time to catch up on journals/magazines for first thing in the morning every second Tuesday. It has helped me get through a few things.
I also usually eat at my desk and read at lunch. Usually I read for pleasure (right now I'm almost done the Complete Works of Shakespeare, again) because it gives me a great break, which I really think breaks need to be. But sometimes I'll read work-related books and longer articles at lunch. I'm lucky to have a door I can close, so you may need to remove yourself to a boardroom or the cafe down the street to get some reading in, if you work in a culture that thrives on interruptions.
I read a lot of personal fiction/non-fiction in the evenings and on weekends. With kids, I say the more books around the better and the more often my son sees me reading the better!
In my opinion, reading a variety of media/genres/types etc opens your mind, helps keep you engaged and in the end is a benefit to you, your family and whatever organization you work for/with.