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Books offer tons of information that you can consume to instruct you in specific areas of life. The great thing about a book is that you choose what you read about and there aren’t ads or other things distracting you. The information that you want to read about is right there at your fingertips.
Maybe you like to read, but just haven’t found the time to read in the past. Or, maybe you are like I used to be and just didn’t view it as an important thing to do. If you don’t view reading as a learning tool and more like a chore, then you have defeated yourself before you have even started.
Realize that you don’t have every answer and that is where reading needs to comes in. You get to choose an expert in the area that you want to know more about and use their expertise to your advantage. Books allow you to cheat time and advance quickly off of someone else’s knowledge that they have taken many years to learn about.
So, are you ready to carve out time in your week to read more books and grow yourself in the specific areas you want to learn more about? Great.
Besides scheduling in reading time on a daily basis, here are three ways to find more time for reading books starting today:
1. Know the difference between when it is time to consume and when you should create.
This just means that you need to be aware of where you are at in the process. When you are feeling depleted, know that it is time to consume. When you are feeling full on information, it is time to create. Share what you have learned with other people and watch them grow. The most rewarding thing you can do is to share information and make a lasting impact on someone else’s life.
2. Learn how to “speed read” or consume quicker than you are right now.
Do you have fifty books on your “want to read” list, but can’t seem to get through the book that you’ve been reading for months now? Try speed reading. There are even online courses on how to “speed read” or just teach yourself to skim quickly and be able to extract the important information. This allows you to read more books within the year, consume more useful information and start on that next book you have been wanting to read.
3. Join a book club or go through books with other people.
If you just aren’t quite disciplined enough to read more than you are right now, then going through books with other people and studying them gives you accountability when reading. It motivates you to not only have your chapter read, so you can go over the material, but it also helps you to learn more from the books that you have read. It really is something to think about for those that want to take reading more seriously, but don’t quite know where to start.
What books have you wanted to read lately? You can leave your comment below.