How to read more

  1. Carry a book with you at all times.
  2. If the book is not enjoyable, put it down and find something else. Sometimes the difference between a great book and an average book is our attitude. There are different books for different seasons.
  3. Use a digital log to keep track of your reading habit. I use Goodreads.
  4. Make social media apps difficult to access. You can put them on a separate page that isn’t convenient to check. You can also sign out after each use and make it mandatory to sign back in. Of course, you can also delete the app.
  5. Buy books in batches. I like buying books used from Amazon. I feel like I am rescuing them. When you finish one, you can have the next one ready.
  6. Set a big, audacious goal. Read one book a week. If you fall behind, you can buy a smaller book or an audio.
  7. You can never have too many highlighters. I use horizontal lines to highlight certain passages, a vertical line if I like multiple paragraphs and dog ear pages that have essential, game changing, paradigm shifting ideas.
  8. If you loved a book, buy another copy for someone. Great ideas are worth sharing. Some of my favorite conversations have been around books I’ve shared with friends.
  9. Sometimes it helps me to throw on some instrumental music. You can’t go wrong with Jazz.
  10. Rescue an hour a day. You can wake up early, read at your lunch break, cut out Netflix…find 60 minutes to invest in yourself. Even if you only have five minutes to spare, read. Often, you’ll find that five-minute session turn into fifteen.