I had always wanted to read more, but could never really figure out a way to fit it in. One big part of the problem is that I have never been a fast reader. Therefore, it always seemed like a daunting task even before I started. This seemed to be where I always ended up stopping. Stopping before you ever get started is never a good thing.
About four years ago, I really wanted to break it down as to why I wasn’t reading more. The real reason was because I didn’t really know why I wanted to read in the first place. Without knowing this, it is very easing to become paralyzed and do absolutely nothing.
So I sat down came up with the reasons on why I wanted to read more. The bottom line was I wanted to become a better leader. You always hear the phrase “Readers are leaders” or “Garbage in, garbage out”. I started with this one reason why. The why doesn’t have to be complicated and it shouldn’t be. It should be simple. If you make it too complicated, you will end up paralyzed just like I was.
So now that you have found your why, the question is how do I actually read more?
Step 1: Make it a priority
This sounds simple but it’s true. You have to be intentional about it. If you have identified what your why is, it will be very easy to make it a priority. If you are still having trouble making it a priority, you probably don’t have the real “why”. Revisit this.
Step 2: Use Audiobooks
This is the secret especially for someone like me who is not a “super fast” reader. I use a service called Audible, which is owned by Amazon. You can either buy them one at a time or purchase the monthly subscription which allows you two books per month at a fixed monthly price. I use the subscription model.
I have a 30 minute commute to/from work each day. This is 5 hours a week, 20 hours a month, or 240 hours a year. Think about how many books you could read in a year if you just used this time. I also listen to them when doing cardio at the gym. This really helps pass the time because I am not a huge fan of cardio.
Step 3: Set a goal
Jamie Tardy over at Eventual Millionaire recently said “What gets measured gets moved.” This is so true. Set a goal for yourself. It doesn’t matter what the goal, just write it down and commit to it. Make it specific though. If it isn’t specific, the chances of it sticking are a lot less. Here are a couple of examples:
I want to read more books.
I want to read 6 books by March 1, 2015.
Step 4: Schedule it
What gets scheduled, gets done. Put it on your calendar. Maybe you choose to read first thing in the morning when you get up or it’s your last thing for the day before you go to bed. Just put it on the calendar. Even if it is only 10 minutes. This small amount of time will add up to a lot over the course of a year.
You can read more if you really want to. You just have to commit to it.
Question: What have you done to make sure that you are reading more? How many books do you read each year? Leave a comment by clicking here.