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How To Read A Book In 1 Month
August 14, 2019
So, I have this goal of reading 100 books this year, and OMG the year is over halfway over. How is it possible to read a book quickly and efficiently, while still maintaining quality and content in what you are reading? Regardless of what kind of book you are reading, this is the way to do it. Think of it as your workout schedule not for your body but for your brain. I swear it works. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve heard “I really want to read more, but I don’t have time,” or “I just can’t get through a book. It takes me a whole year just to finish one, if I’m lucky.” This blog post is for those of you who are interested in reading more and adding it to your lifestyle. How can you go from a non-reader, to reading 1 book a month? Follow these steps.
First, choose a book. Ask friends, or visit a bookstore and see what strikes your interest. Pick one. Doesn’t matter the amount of pages, but I do recommend not starting with a 600 page book, as it always looks daunting – to everyone, not just a beginner reader.
Buy or rent the book. Sometimes, I go to bookstores and buy a book, particularly if the book looks like one I want to keep. Other times, I go to the library. Renting a library book gives you a due date to get the thing done, because they usually require you to return the book within a month. And while you can renew your book to keep it longer, usually it’s on hold for someone else and you’ll still have to return the book on time or risk having to pay a fine. I’m going to use my book club’s book, “Walden on Wheels,” by Ken Ilgunas as an example of this process. I’ve already started it, so please ignore the tabs in the book! We can talk about those another day.
Read the introduction, IMMEDIATELY. And then set the book down. That way you’ve already picked up the book and made your mark in starting it. Honestly, this is the toughest step. Pick up the book and make the commitment.
~This is when you grab a pen and paper, or open your “notes” on your phone.~
4. Scan your book, leafing through to see how many pages your book is and how many chapters there are. Write down those two numbers. In this case, my book doesn’t have a “Table of Contents,” but the chapters are numbered. So I scanned through the book and found there are 22 chapters. This won’t always be the case; if there are no chapter headings, just use the page numbers.
5. Keep track of your chapters or your pages. I’ll show you both… For chapters, I make little boxes. Every time you finish a chapter, mark off a box. That way you visually see a change. It’s a ridiculous but good reward system to see you check off the boxes. With 22 chapters, I’ll be done early in 22 days! That leaves 6 days for wiggle room if I miss a day or two, to be done at my goal.For pages, you have to do a bit of math. But also, pages looks less daunting to me.My book is 296 pages, and I want to get it done in 28 days (4 weeks), so I’m going to make boxes for 26 of the days to give myself some wiggle room if I miss a day. 11 pages a day? Easy, that’s like 20 min of reading, max.
6. Fold up the paper and use it as your bookmark – if you’re reading your book electronically (like on Kindle or on you phone), put the page in your wallet or bag. Keep it handy to remind you to get it done.
7. Now, put the book somewhere you will always see it. In your kitchen, next to your bed, your toilet, your bag. Somewhere you can’t avoid it. Anytime you see it, immediately pick it up and read a page, or a paragraph, or a line. Something. Make it a habit, and this is the best way possible – PICK UP THE BOOK. I am reading my book one chapter a day. I don’t have to read it all at once. I plan on chipping away at it through my day, one page at a time.
8. If you’re having trouble finding time in your day to read around 15 pages (which is often the daily goal for a monthly book), take a moment to see where you can make up time. For me, I am constantly picking up my phone when I don’t need it. It’s an annoying habit of mine. So sometimes, when I go to grab my phone in line at the grocery store or while I’m waiting on a friend, I’ll pick up my book instead. So what if I miss 5 minutes on Instagram, if it means I can reach my goal to get some pages done? And really… what’s the difference between looking at cute puppy photos on your phone and looking at a book while waiting on public transit or something of the sort? It’s really not that bad of a trade for you. You have the time to reach your goal. You just have to look at where that time lies.
9. Once you’ve hit your goal, brag about it to everyone you know. Because you’ve hit a mile marker. Something new. Reading is such a blessing, and we can all learn so much from picking up a book. There are no advertisements; there’s just you and the author with a unique perspective on life. Share this post with your friends and help them get started reading monthly books.
If you didn't feel like reading this stuff above, I made it into video form!
Comment below to tell me what you think and about your first monthly book!