You’ve probably heard it before: leaders are readers.
In fact, a study by Pew Research has shown that the average person only reads about 4 books per year, while the average Fortune 500 CEO reads about 48 books per year!
And if you want to set yourself apart, fuel your personal growth and achieve more success, you should read more books.
The truth is that most people want to start reading more books, but they never seem to be able to find the time for it. Weeks pass, and they’re still stuck in the same book they were before.
Therefore, in this article, I’ll share 7 tips on how to read 30+ books per year. I apply all of these tips in my own life, and they have helped me enormously in fueling my personal growth over the last few years.
Tip 1: Make Reading A Morning Routine Habit
Every morning, as part of my morning routine, I read for at least 15 minutes. Usually, I’ll read for about 30 minutes though, but 15 minutes is the absolute minimum.
In 15 minutes, you’ll be able to read at least 10 pages and in 30 minutes you’ll be able to read at least 20 pages. Let’s do some math..
20 pages x 365 days = 7,300 pages per year.
Considering the average book is 240 pages, you’ll read 30,4 books (7,300 / 240 = 30,4). So by applying just this one tip in your life, you’ll already be able to read 30+ books per year.
The benefit of reading in the morning is that life’s obligations – which only increase as the day progresses – won’t get in the way of your reading time as you’ve already done it at the start of your day.
Besides that, reading in the morning will fuel you with motivation, inspiration, and new ideas — setting the tone for a highly successful day.
Tip 2: Make Reading a Nighttime Routine
Instead of ending your day with Netflix or playing video games, end the day by reading for 15-30 minutes.
Aim to put all electronic devices off one hour before bedtime and use some of that time to read. Not only will this massively improve the quality of your sleep, but you’ll also invest in your personal development instead of simply consuming distracting entertainment.
Tip 3: Schedule Your Reading Time
I always say ‘That what gets scheduled, gets done’. Really, the power of scheduling is underestimated by way too many people, even though it’s incredibly simple.
As soon as you schedule something in your calendar, it becomes real. It becomes a real appointment that you’ve made with yourself, and it’s no longer just a mere wish.
In fact, research has shown that scheduling an activity makes you much more likely to actually follow through with it.
Tip 4: Listen To Audiobooks
I love listening to audiobooks on Audible because I can finally ‘read’ the best self-development and business books in the most efficient way possible.
By listening to audiobooks on-the-go, ‘lost time’ can now be used productively as ‘learning time’. Because of audiobooks, I’m able to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of reading time per day!
Whether you’re commuting to work, showering, working out, walking outside, having lunch or sitting on a 6-hour flight, you can now use it to fuel your personal growth and learn more at a faster rate than before.
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Tip 5: Keep A Book With You
No matter where I go, I almost always carry a book with me. This way, I squeeze in a few minutes of reading every single day.
Billionaire investor Sir John Templeton was famous for always keeping reading material with him wherever he went. He even contributed a large part of his success to this habit.
When you have to wait somewhere for a few minutes, your time is better spent reading a book than scrolling through Instagram.
Tip 6: Don’t Be Afraid To Put A Book Away Or Skip Parts
If you simply don’t like a book, when it lacks value or when it just doesn’t fit your life, don’t be afraid to put it down. This will free up your time for other books that are more valuable and more applicable to your life.
Furthermore, some authors fill pages and pages with fluff that’s not really important anyway. Don’t be afraid to skip those parts and skim through it until you’ve arrived at the valuable sections.
I always used to feel guilty when I did this, but it really makes no sense. Rather, I should’ve felt guilty for wasting my time reading low-value stuff.
Tip 7: Use The Blinkist App
The more you read, the more knowledge you acquire – a crucial part of achievement. But unfortunately, most people struggle with reading consistently.
This is where Blinkist comes in.
With Blinkist, you can get the most important insights of more than 3,000 business and personal development books in under 15 minutes. This way, you’ll be able to read A LOT more than usual and use ‘dead’ time productively.
(For example, trade it for 15 minutes of mindless scrolling through social media or use it during your daily commute.)
Personally, I use Blinkist not as a replacement for my ‘normal’ reading, but as an addition to my reading habit. I use it to check out books that are outside of my normal scope of interest, or books that I doubt about buying.
Aside from that, I use it to review the most important lessons from the best books I’ve read in the past. This way, I easily gain the most valuable lessons from an additional 30+ books per year.
All in all, I experience Blinkist to be a highly efficient form of reading more books and investing in my personal growth in a smart way.
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Now Do It
Change only comes from taking action. Therefore, if you want to read more books, follow at least three of these 7 tips!
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