9 ways to help you read like a boss and finish 50+ book this year
“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.” – Maureen Corrigan
Reading? you’ve got to be kidding! Who has time for that?
I can’t get past the first page before I’m asleep.
If only I had more time for reading…
These are all comments most people can relate to and something I found myself saying over the years particularly when my children were small.
However, over the past couple of years, I’ve gone from getting through 5-10 books a year to 1-2 a week and sometimes more, and it hasn’t involved me spending all day on the couch!
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
Reading is good for your health
According to recent studies, reading is wonderful for your health. It not only helps you sleep better and feel less stressed but it also lowers your chance of dementia.
From a professional perspective you have more knowledge, are more resilient, appear more cultured and have a better vocabulary.
In fact, that might explain why the average CEO reads 50 books a year.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
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I love learning new things and understanding different perspectives so my reading list always features many non-fiction titles
A few years ago my reading list was so long that I doubted I was ever going to get through it. So, last year I decided to set a modest target of reading 2 books a month, every month.
A made a few simple changes to my schedule and to my surprise, I started finishing 3-4 books a month and often 7 or 8.
The benefits were massive. I was more informed and suddenly was able to connect more dots around areas of my personal development such as self-discipline, habit formation, mindset and fitness. I also got through many books related to my profession of coaching, communication and marketing as well as fun fictional reads that everyone was talking about. It took just 3 days to finish the Crazy Rich Asian series.
To achieve my goal of reading more I had to make some key changes around how I was spending my time especially those brain numbing hours of driving and doing the housework.
Here’s how to read like a boss
1. Make Audible your best friend
The key reason I was able to get through so many books was due to the Amazon reading app Audible where books are read to you, often by the author. It’s perfect for time-poor people or for those who find it hard to sit down or fall asleep the minute they open a book.
When I listen to audible, I keep the reading speed on either 1.25 or 1.5 depending on the narrator’s natural pace.
I’ve embraced this technology so much that I’m now considered a scholar on the Audible app, with less than 200 hours to go until I’m at Master! 😂
2. Use every opportunity to Listen to books
Instead of the radio I connect my phone to the car and listen to my books in the car. Even if it’s just a short drive it all adds up. This goes the same for walking. Walking is much more enjoyable when you can get swept away in a great book. I also use a mundane task such as ironing and making beds as an opportunity to listen to my latest book. Housework is much more enjoyable this way!
4. Give up TV
I stopped watching tv a few years ago. While I do still enjoy watching a new episode on Netfix with my husband or the odd football game with my kids I really dislike TV and only do it if it’s serving another purpose such as spending time with my family. Otherwise, it’s just wasting my time and keeps me from progressing my goals. Guess what? When you don’t watch TV you have more time for reading!
4. Limit news and social media
For many years it was part of my job to know what was in the media at all times. When I went on maternity leave It was hard to break the habit of checking the latest news sites so I know how hard this is for some people and its the same for social media! It is so easy to go down a tunnel in social media and before you know it an hour has passed.
Limiting the number of times you check the news and social media in a day will make a massive difference to the amount of time you have to invest in reading books.
5. Have a range of books on the go
This doesn’t work for everyone but I always have a few books on the go which I choose depending on the mood I’m in. I always have a couple of business books and a lighthearted fiction book for when I just want to relax.
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.” – Socrates
6. Use the Kindle app on your phone
I like to use the Kindle app on my phone that syncs with my Kindle. That way I can always keep reading my books which come in especially handy when I’m stuck in a waiting room or in a queue.
7. Keep a book by the bed
Instead of scrolling through your phone before bed make a habit of getting through a few pages of a book each night.
8. Ask people for recommendations
Always have a list of books you’d like to read. Most people love to share their favourite reads so ask your friends to share their recommendations.
9. Keep a list of the books you’ve read
Keeping a list of the books you finish helps you stay motivated. And recording what you read will make you proud of your achievements.
These are the things are I’ve done to get through more books each month. What have you tried?