This year instead of trying to power through a book that you’re not enjoying put it down
I’ve always enjoyed reading. But, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t use to read as much as I should have. Besides being a great way to escape and unwind, reading increases your knowledge, focus, and worldview as a business owner.
It also gives you something interesting to talk about when you’re networking. In short, reading is beneficial in both your personal and professional lives.
But, that’s not the concern. The biggest problem is actually finding time to read more books. I was able to accomplish this by using the following 25 tricks.
1. Don’t make towering reading goals.
If you’re not a voracious reader then don’t commit yourself to read more books than you can handle. In other words, don’t set lofty goals that you probably can’t achieve.
Start by setting a reading goal that is easily attainable – such as reading just one book per month or 20 pages a day. If you’re already breezing through a book a month then jump up to two. When you’re not over-committing, you’ll find that the reading experience is less stressful and more enjoyable. I’ve found a really interesting thing. If your reading is not stressful, you will be able to concentrate and read really fast.
2. Keep your goals to yourself
Now that you have set a reading goal make sure that you keep it to yourself. A 2009 study found that students who wrote down the activities that it would take for them to become psychologists were less likely to succeed. And they were only sharing those activities and goals with the experimenter. Who do you share your goals with?