Based on HBR article by Neil Pasricha.
This article is about fitting in more reading in our life based on adaptable behavioral change. I’ve only able to ready 37 books in 2018, hope to do 3 books a week in 2019, and I’m hopeful that Neil Pasricha advice could assist me to achieve my goals.
Here’s Pasrischa’s advice.
Centralize reading in your home
Avoid distraction such as TV, mobile phone or any other gadgets by physical distraction (putting them away) rather than just switching it off.
Make a public commitment
Robert Cialdini in his book shares a psychology study which shows that once people place their bets at a racetrack, they are much more confident about their horses’s chances than they were just laying down the bet. He goes on to explain how commitment is one of the big six weapons of social influence.
So, making a public statement should be helpful, for example, I do share my reading list and notes in my blog. And I really tried my best to actually make progress in my reading, although it could be hard at times to actually find the time and space to do so.
Find a few trusted, curated list
According to the article, the publishing industry puts out more than 50,000 books a year. Therefore, it’s hard to find one worth our time and effort. Maybe that’s the reason I’ve haven’t read any non-fictions lately.
If you wanted to see my recommended list, feel free to take a look at my reading list and book review, might actually be helpful.
Parischa recommend Bill Gates’s reading list; Derek Sivers’s reading list; and Tim Ferriss’s list, where he has collected the recommendations of many of his podcast guests. On the other hand, I would prefer World Economics Forum Bookclub for new books recommendation, as well as Goodreads book ratings.
Change your mindset about quitting
It’s one thing to quit reading a book and feel bad about it. It’s another to quit a book and feel proud of it. All you have to do is change your mindset. Just say, “Phew! Now I’ve finally ditched this brick to make room for that gem I’m about to read next.” And according to Parischa, he would’ve quit 3-4 books for every book he’d read to the end.
Well, in my case, I rarely quit before I’ve finished. The only book I’ve quit and didn’t completed the whole book was “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I was miserable reading the book, but the book was quite highly rated, maybe it just me.
Take a “news fast” and channel your reading dollars
Meaning, cut down on your news paper and buy new books.
I usually look around the internet for free new books. At times these free books could be awesome. If you download Library Extension for your browser, you can see what books and e-books are available for free right around the corner.
Triple your churn rate
Add more books to your library / book shelf and actually keep them moving. And if you’ve quit those whom just doesn’t suit you, those rate would increase significantly.
However, there’s some book which so good that I’ve read it more than 3 times. So, in the end, I just record the main lessons learnt on my blog and re-read them in case I in need of some refresher.
Read physical books
Blue screen could affect our sleeps. Therefore, for better night sleep, switch off your mobiles and get a physical books. It will help you sleep better and fall asleep faster.
Reapply the 10,000 steps rule
Just like a common goal of 10,000 steps daily, a small consistent effort counts. Read every chance you’ve got, and it would amount to a lot of reading. Its about consistency lady and gentlemen.
well that’s it.