3 Killer Ways To Read One Book A Month

Day 45/365: Reading is fun-to-mental, or fundamental, or both, so do it more and stop wasting your time and your brain

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I’m a fan of reading a good book over seeing the movie or bowling, for example, as a way to de-stress and relax after a long day. It’s much more appealing to me, but even if you’re not a fan of reading, you should do it more. I made a list a few days ago with 9 reasons why you should start reading more today, so I’m not going over the benefits here.

What I forgot to mention in that article is how you can incorporate reading into your busy, social media infected, scarcely scheduled daily life. If you’re like me, working for 8–10 hours each day, having at least one social gathering or activity per day and having little to no time for anything else, I’ll teach you how you can still read one book a month by using 3 simple rules.

1. Make it part of your daily routine

This is my key rule of life as of the beginning of 2018. Do I need to do something new? Then I’ll simply allocate a time frame for it in my daily schedule. Simply allow for 30 minutes to one hour each day just for reading.

It’s not that much, trust me. I usually do it just after dinner, when the whole family is chilling at the TV or after I get home from friends or wherever I’m having it. Set an alarm, get comfy and just do it.

2. Only buy one book at the time

I have half-a-dozen bookshelves filled with books that I never read. It’s probably a psychological thing, to have so many books to choose from, yet to just want to go ahead and buy some more.

As an unbreakable rule, find one singular book that you want to read this month, and then buy just that one book. I don’t even care if you already have it somewhere. Buy it brand new, satisfy your weird brain and read it from start to finish, and just then order a new one. It works wonders!

3. Turn off everything while reading

Distractions are the things of Evil. During my reading time, in those 30 minutes that I allocated for the activity each day, I turn off my data and everything else in my room and just read. I leave my phone in the kitchen sometimes if I feel like I’ll keep checking on it over and over.

I know myself better than anyone, so I naturally know when I’m not in the mood. That’s when I simply cut off the distraction for good. You can’t go halfway with distractions. You either block them completely, or they stop you from doing what you need to do. It’s that simple.

P.S.: I recently stumbled upon Booker, a new book discovery app that is quite great. I’ve already found dozens of great books recommended by the people I follow on the platform, and I’m eager to read them following their great reviews. I’ll be back in a few days with an in-depth review of this cool new find!

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