Last week I told a friend that I read 32 books in 2019 and that I’m planning on tackling 50 in 2020. She rightfully asked “how are you able to read so much?” I thought the answer to that question could be helpful to you also.
I read four books at a time.
I get bored easily and one book rarely keeps my attention like a good Netflix binge. I allow myself to skip back and forth between serious and fun content. My book choices usually fall into the following categories;
- Business (Getting Things Done)
- Fun (Star Trek Discovery: The Enterprise Wars)
- Training (The TB 12 Method),
- And long, which brings me time my next point…
I break up really long or very substantive books by reading just one chapter per day.
Think about how folks read the Bible. Most plans suggest a few Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms per day. This technique keeps readers from getting overwhelmed or bored, and most importantly, allows them to meditate on a few key points throughout the day. Currently I’m reading 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene, which is 482 pages long and those pages are single spaced and compact. I’m reading just one law each day.
I both read and listen to each book.
For every book I read I purchase the hard copy and Audible version. Audible is amazing. I listen to books on my commutes to work and on long runs. Quick tip, try listening at 1.5x or 2x the normal speeds. Then I go back and highlight important parts in the hard copy as soon as I arrive at my destination. I read the hard copies over morning coffee, at work, and in bed.
I use the Blinkist app.
Recommended to me by a friend to replace books, I use it differently. I use the app to help summarize books and to go back and help me remember what a book was about. My brain only has so much memory capacity and it’s impossible to remember everything.
I hope those tips help you knock out more reading in 2020.
Have a great day full of Positive Vibes.