1. Carry your book(s) everywhere.
There’s always an opportunity to read. Maybe before a business meeting. Whenever you have a moment, you can break out your book and read. Especially if you like to read digital versions. I still prefer a hard copy.
2. Keep a list.
There’s a sense of fulfillment and motivation tracking the books you’ve read. You’ll always be able to reference the list or provide recommendations, and will be inspired by the compounding effect reading has. Soon after you begin, you’ll already have a handful of books completed, and it will be motivating to see that list grow.
3. Read multiple books.
This strategy works well for me. I like to have different books in different areas of my living quarters. Also, reading multiple books at once helps keep my mind and thoughts fresh. I get bored easily, so I like to keep on my toes however I can.
4. Mark it up.
Whether a physical copy or digital version, marking up a book (underlining, highlighting, notes, etc.) provides multiple benefits. First, if ever you need to reference the book, you have already curated the main points. Second, if you read the book again, you can review what stuck out to you the first (or second, third, etc.) time through. It’s fun to see the difference in perspective you sometimes have. Next, if you ever pass the book onto someone, they can see your notes and highlights, and compare their perspective to yours. Lastly, interactivity helps you retain information.
5. Share what you read.
Sharing what I read helps me teach others. Teaching is the best way to learn. Also, I enjoy sharing information and providing insight about different topics I am passionate about. When I read, I expand my ability to provide more of those insights and find the experience invigorating.
6. Listen to books.
This might fall into the reading loophole, but my buddy practices this strategy all of the time.
7. Buy cheap.
I will even purchase a used copy if it’s available. Having a larger budget for more books allows me to purchase more. Purchasing more books allows me to read. It’s simple.
8. Keep your eyes open.
I find books I’m interested in reading everywhere. For instance, while traveling in Hong Kong I stopped at a book store and found about 50 books I want to read. I took a picture and now have a new list of books to purchase.
If you want to read, reading has to become a priority. It has to take precedence over watching TV, scrolling through posts or making snaps. We all have the same 24 hours. Some of us just know how to maximize every second.
10. Have dedicated reading time.
This helps to create a habit. Creating the habit helps you do more of it. Simple.