If you’re an extremely busy individual like most people are nowadays, you probably have a hard time finding time to read as much as you’d like.
30 % of people in developed countries haven’t read a single book in the past year. The number is probably even higher because people tend to lie when it comes to the quantity of reading, to seem smarter of course.
Here are two important facts based on research:
- Higher educated people read more – they’re more aware of the importance of lifelong learning
- People who earn more read more – they’re more aware of the power of knowledge
Especially if you immediately implement what you learn, there is not a single downside to reading. Actually, there are more than 15 benefits of reading. Most ultra-successful people read professionally and personally. And they read a lot.
But as mentioned, the biggest issues why people don’t read are usually related to time management. You simply run out of time and energy to read.
That’s why you need a strategy and a system for reading as much as possible every day, before your daily obligations run your batteries empty.
Don’t rely on your self-discipline when it comes to making time to read. Have a superior reading strategy and system.
In this article you will learn:
- How to set up your superior reading strategy and system
- Why you need triggers and an infostructure that supports your reading habits
- How to read more every day
- A few speed reading tricks
- Other useful tips to become a super reader
Be a proactive, not a reactive reader
Stephen Covey presented a very popular idea in management nowadays: the two ways of interacting with the world. One way is the reactive way and the other is proactive.
Reactive means that you have no system at all, no plan or rational decision-making system, you only react to events that happen to you and so outside forces are the ones setting your agenda. When you operate based on the reactive approach, you are always a step behind, usually seeing yourself as a victim of circumstances.
With proactive behavior, you take control of the situation.
You become aware that you always have a choice and that you can always select your unique response to a situation, you set your own goals and put systems in place, you anticipate what could happen in the future and carefully shape your reactions and, last but not least, you create opportunities, not wait for them.
As in many areas of life, you can be a proactive or a reactive person. In the same way, you can be a reactive or a proactive reader.
With reactive reading, you most often read poor quality articles (mental masturbation and entertainment), you don’t really read a lot, even if it may seem that way to you, and you may be throwing away money on books you never actually read. Trust me, I’ve been there.
If you want to read more, you have to become a proactive reader first of all.
As a proactive reader, you set your own reading goals, enforce new reading habits, create opportunities to read more and make sure you keep the quality of the content you consume. As a proactive reader, you have a set strategy, system and goals for reading, and you don’t get easily distracted.
If you want to read more, you have to be a proactive, not a reactive reader.
To better understand the difference between reactive and proactive reading, let’s look at a few examples of reactive reading behavior:
- You don’t proactively choose what you read, but only react to what appears in your social media newsfeed and you accidentally find interesting.
- You only read when you really have to, be it for a course you take or because your boss orders you to read a book for better completing a specific task.
- You only read under rare circumstances when you are really bored for example, because there is no TV show to watch or you are on holiday or traveling; and on holiday, all other people read, so you do it too.
- You get enthusiastic about a book, buy it and never actually read it. If you have a bunch of books to read in a queue, but you don’t really read many of them, that shows very reactive behavior.
- You prefer to read online articles with entertainment value rather than real books from which you would benefit in life.
- You don’t find the time to read, because you have so many other “urgent” things to do.
Now we arrived to the key question – how can you become a proactive reader?
Below is a strategy and a system with 17 rules I’ve set for myself to be a proactive reader. It’s not an easy strategy and system to follow, so to be completely honest with you, I follow it around 80 % of the time.
But it’s enough to be a proactive, not a reactive reader, and to get the most out of my reading experience. If you manage to implement half of them into your life, you will definitely convert from reactive to proactive reading.
- Infrastructure to encourage proactive reading
- Reading triggers and rewards
- Setting reading limits
- Superior time management tricks to create time to read
- Timeboxing reading periods
- Reading when you have more than 2 minutes to kill
- Book summaries
- Reading marathons
- Limiting reading-in-progress to not get overwhelmed
- Properly segmenting content in your reading queue
- A “read later” list for content that provokes reactive behavior
- Increasing reading speed without losing comprehension
- Go to the best knowledge there is
- Stop reading if there is no value, and don’t read what you already know
- Healthy lifestyle
- Reflecting and applying knowledge
Following any of these rules will enable you to read more and get better results out of your reading investment. Now let’s go into detail for every one of them.
Infrastructure to encourage proactive reading
Your behavior and decisions are the consequences of your personality and the environment you operate in.
Yes, the environment has a great influence on you and your outcomes in life. The part of the environment you operate in that influences your reading behavior is called infostructure.
Infostructure is a system and a process of how you consume, manage and share information. In the creative society, a quality infostructure has become as important as a quality infrastructure.
Infostructure can be good or bad. Bad infrastructure leads you to feed your mind with shitty information and good infostructure invites you to feed your mind with quality content on a regular basis.
Examples of bad infostructure are:
- Television and radio
- News (print, online) and most magazines
- Entertainment, mental masturbation and trashy internet sites
- Social networks
- Pub debates
Examples of good personal infostructure are:
- Quality books
- Carefully selected blogs and some magazines (HBR for business, for example)
- Quality audiobooks
- Carefully selected podcasts
- Massive online open courses (MOOCs)
- Educational videos
- Seminars, lectures
- Carefully selected conferences
- Personal mentor or mastermind group
- Online and offline discussion groups
If you want to read more, you have to adjust your personal infostructure.
In that way, you decrease the transaction costs and discipline necessary to follow good reading habits instead of bad ones.
It’s the same difference as having crappy food or healthy food in your refrigerator.
On the practical level, adjusting infostructure from a bad one to a good one includes things like:
- Have an e-reader next to your bed
- Have a device with an e-book app like Kindle with you when you are on the go
- Install reading apps (Kindle, Audible, Feedly, Blinkist etc.) on your mobile phone and tablet, and put them on the first screen
- Set a system that enables you to listen to audiobooks in your car and on the go
- Always have headphones with you to listen to audiobooks when you walk, exercise etc.
- Rearrange your browser bookmark (add Udemy, Lynda, TED talks etc.)
- Throw out your TV, radio, and unsubscribe from the daily news (paper and digital)
- Ditch your smartphone if you can’t get disciplined enough to use it for the purposes of advancing in life, not for entertainment
- Minimize the time spent on social networks etc.
Reading triggers and rewards
If you don’t have a strong why, you can stop reading this article. It can be anything, from becoming smarter, mastering domain knowledge, broadening your horizons, making more money etc.
Every habit consists of a reminder (trigger), routine and reward. When you have your why, you need triggers that will push you to the desired behavior or routine – that’s reading in our case.
The more triggers you have as a cue to open a book and start reading, the more you will read throughout the day.
These are all examples of potential reading triggers (aka reminders or cues):
- When you wake up
- After exercising, stretching or doing yoga
- While you eat
- When someone turns on the TV
- When you want to check your email
- When you sit on a bus or a train
- When you sit on the toilet
- When you have a break at work
- When you have 2 or more minutes to kill
- When you go to sleep
Find a few reading triggers that work best for you.
For a month or so, push yourself to start reading after a trigger fires, and soon it will become a new positive habit (you’ll do it automatically without any effort) in your life that will bring you many benefits.
Set reading limits
The best way to really follow your reading goals is to set hard limits (minimums and maximums) and metrics.
After you set your limits and reading metrics, you should really commit to them. I mean there should be nothing that can come between you and your daily reading goal.
There should be nothing that can come between you and your daily reading goal.
Limits should be set smart, not only as a number on a paper. It should be something you can really follow through and measure without any huge efforts and stress.
Nevertheless, without metrics you can easily lie to yourself about how much you actually read, and you will be way less committed.
Here are my reading limits and metrics:
- Never go to sleep without reading at least one page of a book
- Aim to read 20 – 40 pages per day (ideally 60 – 80 pages, which you should be able to complete in 1 hour)
- Perform at least one reading marathon per quarter (reading 2 – 4 books in a row)
- Read 50 books per year (that means nearly one book per week, which is a lot)
- My maximum limit of mental masturbation activities like TV shows, browsing memes, useless articles etc. is set to 5 hours per week maximum.
Now think of limits that would work best for you.
Superior time management tricks to create time to read
“I don’t have time to read” is a cheap excuse and consequently reactive behavior. Making time to read is proactive behavior.
Actually, there isn’t a lot you have to do to gain 30 – 60 minutes in your day to read.
You just need to perform one little time management hack and you will have enough time to read every day. Here are examples of such hacks:
- Cancel a meeting
- Don’t open your email account
- Don’t open any social networks
- Don’t read daily news
- Don’t open any IM apps
- Work from home and save on driving time
- Don’t turn on the TV
- Don’t spend time worrying or hating that asshole (whoever they are)
- Turn off your phone
- Skip that party or evening gathering
There is a big probability that if you do only 2 out of 10 things listed above every day, you will create 30 – 60 minutes of time when you can read in peace.
What you missed by redoing your priorities, you can do a day after. And I guarantee you that you won’t miss anything really important.
The only thing you have to watch out for is that you don’t get distracted with any other new “urgent” things when you just cancel one of them.
Not enough? Here are a few additional ideas I practice to read more in life:
- If you can’t sleep, read
- If you catch a cold and can’t work, read
- If you’re pissed off, go exercise and then read
- Learn while you earn
Learn when you earn
“Learn while you earn” is a really cool concept that can help you a lot in progressing quickly in life. You spend 8 to 10 or even more hours at work.
Your work should always be slightly more demanding than your skills, so you have to learn while you work.
In order to learn and match your skills to the task, you have to do research, you have to read and upgrade your knowledge and competences.
So make sure you learn while you earn. Also make sure to work at a company that’s prepared to invest in your knowledge, if you aren’t your own boss.
Timebox reading periods
If you want to read more in life, you have to schedule more time to read. It’s as simple as that.
As we have seen, with appropriate time management you shouldn’t have a problem finding 30 – 60 minutes to really read a book in peace and quiet.
The best thing to do it is to put it in your calendar right away. Reserving time in your calendar for important things in life is called timeboxing.
You simply reserve a 60 minutes’ time block, for example, and you can write “time to read” in your calendar for that hour, instead of wasting time it on social networks.
All you have to do is decide when in your day – early morning, late afternoon, before you go to sleep, when you have a break at work etc., you will schedule that time to consume quality content.
And don’t forget to have a trigger that will lead you directly to your book or e-reader, and you will forget about everything else.
When you arrive at your timeboxed time for reading in a day, make sure that:
- You turn off your phone, tablets and other notifications
- Other people won’t distract you
- You don’t have to go to the toilet or are hungry
- You don’t have some important or emotional issue on your mind that will prevent you from concentrating and relaxing
Just enjoy a book. Take time for yourself. You deserve it. It’s for your future; and the future of your family; and the future of humanity.
Reading when you have more than 2 minutes to kill
One of the best productivity tricks ever is that if a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, you do it immediately, without even thinking or hesitating. In the same way,
In the same way, when you have more than 2 minutes of idle time, open your reading app and start reading.
Here are only a few examples of when and where you can put this advice to use:
- Waiting in lines (grocery stores, post office, wherever)
- Waiting for a meeting to start
- Waiting at the doctors’ office
- Sitting on the toilet
- Traveling by plane or train
- While eating
There are at least 10 instances per day when you have 2 minutes or more to kill. If you decide to read at those points, you can squeeze 20 minutes or even more of reading time every day.
That’s around 20 pages every day, transforming waiting (as one of the biggest wastes in life) into something productive.
If you aren’t using audiobooks yet, they are definitely one of the best ways to “read” more every day.
Unfortunately, audio books are still surrounded by some sort of negative stigma that only MLM and self-help enthusiasts exploit them for listening to ego boosting mantras and affirmations.
In reality, you have many different books available, from fiction to non-fiction, and audiobooks are really a great way to increase quality content consumption.
The best provider of audiobooks and software is definitely Audible. Try it for yourself and you’ll see that there’s actually nothing weird about it. Other people assume you’re listening to music anyway.
You can listen to audiobooks when you:
- Take a walk
By employing audiobooks, you really don’t have any more excuses to not be more in touch with books and enjoy the benefits of reading or, to be more exact, listening to audiobooks.
One way to read more is to read book summaries. Book summaries are one of the ways to get a general idea on what a book is all about and see if it’s worth reading.
I tried many different executive summary services and I wasn’t satisfied with any until I stumbled upon Blinkist. I’m a premium Blinkist member and read a summary or two per day.
Now, you must have realistic expectations regarding book summaries. It’s not the same as reading the whole book.
But reading book summaries has a few great benefits, here are mine:
- You get an overview of what a book is all about
- You can grasp many different ideas in a short period of time
- It’s easier to decide if you should buy and read the whole book
- You can easily refresh the knowledge from the books you already read
Reading book summaries is like somebody else reads a book and shares the main highlights with you.
Even though I try to squeeze in maximum reading time every day, it’s still not enough to meet my yearly reading goals.
That’s why I also have reading marathons in my life.
These two techniques can really help you read extraordinarily big amounts of content in short periods of time. It simply means that you reserve a whole day or even a whole week in your schedule for reading.
You’re probably doing the same thing in the summer when you’re on holiday. For a week or two, you sunbathe on the beach while reading a bunch of books. The only question is why you’d do that only during summer holidays.
Have one Saturday in a month when you read the whole day. Have an extended weekend retreat together with technology detox and read a bunch of paper books.
Take a whole week off with the goal of reading 10 books on a specific subject. I know it sounds crazy but remember, only extraordinary actions can give you extraordinary results in life.
Properly segmenting content in your reading queue
Now you already know that if you want to read more, you have to be a smart reader. Only making time to read is not enough.
You must know yourself extraordinarily well and set a strategy that will work best for you in terms of when to read what.
If you’re tired and you try to force yourself to read demanding and complex content, you’ll give up fast, I guarantee it.
On the other hand, if you are well-rested and keen on learning something new and you just keep browsing low quality articles, you will soon become bored and start doing something else.
Knowing that, you should segment the content you consume based on:
- How much time you have
- How much energy you have
- Which medium is available to you
- Your competence development priorities
Here is an example of my strategy based on the factors listed above:
|Time – Device – Content Type|
|2 – 10 minutes||10 – 20 minutes||20+ minutes||60+ minutes|
|Mobile – Blinkist
Mobile – Reddit / MUO
|Mobile – Pocket
Mobile – Feedly
|e-reader – Kindle book
e-reader – Kindle
Tablet – Online Courses
|Energy Levels – Device – Content Type|
|Mobile – Reddit / MUO||Mobile – Pocket
Mobile – Feedly
e-reader – Easy books
|e-reader – Kindle Book
When I’m on the go, I always have my mobile phone with me. On my mobile phone, I have all the apps for all the different types of content (Blinkist, Reddit, Makeuseof, Pocket, Feedly, Kindle, Audible, Lynda, Udemy).
At home, I use an e-reader and a tablet. When I travel, I take the e-reader with me.
A “read later” list for content that provokes reactive behavior
No matter how good your infrastructure is, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid temptation for mental masturbation and wasting your time on low quality articles and content.
So you need a system to handle that distractions like this. Here’s what I do:
- If any interesting articles pop up on my social network feeds or I stumble upon them on the internet, I send them to Pocket or Evernote; and read them once a week on the weekends (sometime in the evening). When I send them to Pocket or Evernote, my desire to read them vanishes. It becomes a kind of do it later.
- I don’t read online through the day; I create things in the flow (research is the exception). I read something positive when I wake up and I read before I go to sleep as part of my morning kick-off routine.
- If I’m really too tired to even read, I do watch some interesting TV shows that motivate me (like Suits or Billions). I noticed that if I push myself over the limit, my reading motivation and discipline start to suffer a lot.
The main point is: you shouldn’t react to what comes into your newsfeed to the point where everything becomes a distraction.
Instead, you need a system to handle all the articles that may interest you, but aren’t a priority during the working day.
Limiting reading-in-progress to not get overwhelmed
One nasty thing that can happen to you with the information overload is that you try to read too many things at once and so you become overwhelmed.
You may, for example, have hundreds of blog posts in your RSS reader, dozens of books on your Kindle to read and still keep buying new ones, you’re constantly bombarded with new articles on the social media, and so on.
At the end of the day, everything may become overwhelming and so you just give up and decide to check out a few memes instead of reading; because you don’t even know where to start.
Again, you have to be smart about it, you need a system and a strategy.
Here’s what I do:
- I don’t have more than 10 books in the reading queue (already bought books, not wish list).
- I don’t read more than 3 books at the same time.
- At the same time, I’m usually reading one book from the topic I want to master (SEO, writing, personal development etc.) and one inspirational book or a book with completely new ideas about the world (biographies, bestsellers etc.). It provides me with enough diversity but it’s still not too much to handle.
- When I wake up, I read one book summary or positive article in Feedly; before I go to sleep I read e-books on my e-reader; and I read articles that pile up through the week on weekends or sometimes in the evenings on my tablet or phone.
I try to automate as much as possible and take out as many decisions as possible. I try to set my system to the point that I always know what I need to read when – which device to take, which app to open, which next page to turn.
You need a system that enables you to start reading the most quality content in a certain moment with a single click.
Increasing reading speed without losing comprehension
By knowing just a few speed reading basics, you can double your reading speed. That means double the amount of books you read in the same time.
There are many speed reading techniques you can employ to read more in a shorter period of time and we will talk about them a lot in the future. In the meantime, be curious and explore a little bit of speed reading techniques.
Below is just a short summary of different speed reading techniques (general, RSVP etc.), not to make this blog post even longer than it is.
Speed reading advice
Traditional speed reading is a very well-developed set of strategies and techniques. I’m not sure why they aren’t more popular.
In general, there are six rules you should follow in order to read faster and with some practice, you can learn them very easily. Here they are:
Before you start reading any material, you should take a minute or two to preview it. You preview it by going through the table of contents, diagrams, repeating trigger words, names, numbers etc.
With the previewing strategy, you capture the central idea of what you’re reading.
When you are executing the previewing strategy, you should also ask yourself questions like who, where, when, what, why and how.
Skimming and scanning
Much like you can preview what kind of material you will read on the whole book level, you can skim and scan shorter bunches of text such as chapters.
Skimming is nothing but a process of visually searching the sentences of a page for clues to meaning.
In other words, it means not reading every word. You can skim before you go into detail. You can also use skimming and scanning technique for the chapters and sections of a book that you find less interesting.
Word grouping and increasing eye span
The goal of the word grouping is that you don’t read single words, but process bigger chunks of words.
To achieve that goal, you have to increase your eye span, which is the number of words you take in at a glance.
Interestingly, word-by-word readers are the slowest readers, because they stop at each and every word. If you want to read faster, you have to avoid reading each word separately and start grouping them. Try it, it’s not that hard.
Meta guiding and hand pacing
Meta guiding means visually guiding the eye using a finger, pointer or pen in order for the eye to move faster along the length of a text passage.
The easiest and fastest way to read faster is by sliding the index fingers or a pointer across the page and below the sentence you’re reading.
Sub-vocalization means the habit of pronouncing each and every word in your head when you read. That significantly slows down your reading speed.
If you learn how to avoid sub-vocalization or, in other words, if you learn how to avoid talking to yourself when you read, your reading speed will increase dramatically.
Regression is the expression for unnecessarily re-reading the material or, in other words, going back to what you’ve already read.
You should avoid bad reading habits like skipping back to words that you just read or jumping back a few sentences to make sure you read something correctly. Read it once and read it thoroughly the first time.
Besides traditional techniques, there are two more things you can try and experiment with for achieving faster reading speed:
Rapid Serial Visual Presentation and Spritz technology
We are reading on small screens more and more often. Traditional reading from left to right and top-to bottom is quite slow on small devices. Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) is the answer to that problem.
The main idea of RSVP is to display a sequential stream of words, one or more words at the time. With such an approach, saccades and eye blinks are minimized.
Spritz took RSVP even a step further by optimizing the Optimal Recognition Point (ORP).
For each word you read, your eye first seeks a certain point, ORP, and when it finds it, it starts to process the meaning of the word.
With traditional RSVP, your eyes have a hard time finding ORP and so you move your eyes on a regular basis, which negatively affects reading time and comprehension.
Spritz, on the other hand, centers each word on its ORP so that you can stay focused while reading.
I use Rapid and ReadQuick apps for Spritz reading. The good news is that you can connect them to other apps (Pocket, Instapaper, ReadQuick, even to Evernote and Feedly), so I can use this technique to read the articles I’d read anyway.
I don’t use the Spritz reading technique constantly, but am switching between this and regular reading.
One more technique that may help you read faster is the so-called BeeLine Reading Technique.
BeeLine Reader makes reading faster by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next.
The human brain processes color more quickly than it can process words, and that is the advantage that the BeeLine Reader uses to make reading easier and faster.
Go to the best knowledge there is
It’s not only about how much you read, but also what you read. With the information overload, there is just too much low-quality information and too many cheap copies and fake gurus.
Even more, a great majority of information is unfortunately produced only for mental masturbation and entertainment.
You have to be extremely picky about what information you consume and what you read. It’s better to read one really good book than 1000 average blog posts.
There is a simple rule you should follow: go for the best knowledge there is.
It’s not hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. The knowledge you acquire should be eye-opening, it should change how you look at the world, your behavioral patterns, your values and beliefs.
The best knowledge should encourage you to apply it as quickly as possible. By acquiring and embracing the best knowledge, you should basically feel how your mind is being upgraded.
If you don’t change your behavior in some way, your brain was not upgraded by reading.
Go for the best (knowledge), forget the rest. Carefully chose what you consume.
Help yourself with reviews, summaries and sites like Goodreads before you really bite into anything.
Sometimes the best knowledge is a best-seller book, other times a blog post you find after hours of browsing.
Stop reading if there is no value and don’t read what you already know
Humans have a tendency to finish what we started.
So you may start reading a book, not even like it, but just can’t put it away and start reading the next one; instead you torture yourself, procrastinate and waste time by pushing yourself to read boring material.
It’s like watching a movie you find boring to the end. Why would you do that?
In the same way, it’s easier to read something that is already familiar to you. So you may be reading the same type of literature with the same type of ideas over and over again.
Diversifying reading material has important benefits for your brain and awareness. You don’t want to watch the same movie over and over again, just with slightly different colors.
Absolutely, if you liked the book so much you want to read it again with the goal of better implementing acquired knowledge, do it.
But if you are bored and you’re reading a book only to prove to yourself and to the world that you can finish it, stop it. You’re not doing anyone a favor; you’re only wasting time.
If you do good research before buying a book that shouldn’t even happen, but sometimes it does. And when it does, stop reading and move on.
Exercise and a healthy diet help a lot to read more and get out more of reading, even if it may not seem so at the first glance.
Healthy lifestyle doesn’t only mean that you are better disciplined, your brain also functions better because it’s being filled with oxygen and thus more alert and comprehensive for new knowledge.
Besides reading every day, also do something for your health every day.
Take a walk. Go for a run. Visit the gym. Stretch. Do yoga.
Not only your body, your mind will also appreciate these little things and will reward you with many things, including a better reading experience and remembering more.
In the same way, pay attention to your diet. Eat green veggies and healthy fats like nuts and olive oil.
Don’t consume too much sugar and unhealthy fats. Your brain will function much better. It’s actually not as difficult as it sounds.
Reflecting and applying knowledge
There is no use in knowledge if you don’t apply it through daily action.
The first step you should always take right after reading a new text is to reflect on the new acquired knowledge.
Reflecting is a very simple thing to do, you just ask yourself how to connect the newly acquired knowledge with what you already possess and then decide what you will start doing, stop doing and continue doing in life.
It’s easy to do self-reflection, the only problem is that people are usually too lazy to reflect on what they’ve learned, and even more when it comes to applying new knowledge. Don’t be one of them.
A few things that may help you to better structure, understand and connect newly acquired knowledge are:
- Write a summary of the book
- Write down notes (and make them into a blog post)
- Share quotes on social media
- Make mindmaps
- Talk to other people
- Post on online forums and Goodreads
After reflection, you have to implement the knowledge. Immediate implementation is the key to success.
You change yourself when you find a way to do something better. In order to change yourself, you have to change your behavioral patterns. You have to do things differently than you’ve been doing them until now.
To implement knowledge successfully, ask yourself:
- What will you stop doing?
- What will you start doing?
- What will you continue doing?
Changing yourself includes changing your activities, reactions to situations, tasks on your to-do list, habits, people you spend time with, and so on.
Actually, you can get action-oriented right now.
You’ve read this article. You probably got at least one idea how to read more day by day in your life.
Take action and implement it. If you aren’t sure what to do, go through ten ideas below in the summary and implement the one that you like the most.
How to read more? Take action and follow these 10 cool tricks
Now you have really good insight into how to set a strategy and a system for reading more every day.
Remember, it’s just a matter of priorities and how much you really want to be successful and educated in life.
Reading is absolutely one of the best accelerators of personal and professional success. There are many successful people out there as proof.
Here are 10 steps you can do right now, if nothing else do just one of them:
- Don’t read what appears on your social media newsfeed, become a proactive reader.
- Build a superior infrastructure. Do it now. Install new apps on your phone or tablet. Rearrange apps so all the reading apps will be the easiest to open. Buy an e-reader.
- Find 2 – 3 reading triggers that work best for you.
- Cancel one activity every day that will create 30 – 60 minutes of free time for you to read.
- Listen to audiobooks when you drive, take a walk or cook food.
- When you have 2 or more minutes to kill, read on your phone.
- Schedule a reading marathon every quarter.
- Get a reading buddy, join online forums, communities like Goodreads etc.
- Have measurable reading goals and make sure you meet them.
- Reflect on what you’ve learned and apply knowledge immediately.