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Feb 14, 2019

Here are the show notes for this episode.


Last year I managed to read over 100 books. That’s a crazy number, right?

This list comprised fiction (some complete trash) and non-fiction. I tend to read fiction for relaxation and non-fiction for personal and professional development. Reading is, to me, both relaxation and learning.

I happened to mention how many books I read last year to a few colleagues (in a completely non-bragging way, I promise) and many were a little stunned. Quite a few didn’t believe me! Many confessed they wanted to read more but just didn’t have the time. In response, I set up a book club for my colleagues.

This podcast episode will hopefully help too.

Here are my 14 tips to help you make time to read more.

  1. Consume audiobooks - it’s not cheating!
  2. Understand that it’s OK to leave a book unfinished.
  3. Remember - there is no test at the end.
  4. Start or join a book club.
  5. Find a reading buddy.
  6. Wake up early to read.
  7. Go to bed early to read.
  8. Keep a book in your bag.
  9. Have two books on the go at the same time.
  10. Make the most of your commute.
  11. Try short stories/books.
  12. Set reading goals and track your progress using an app like Streaks.
  13. Set a daily reading reminder on your smartphone.
  14. Read what you want, not what you should.

This episode was inspired by one of my favourite podcasts: seanwes.

Wrap Up

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