These are the 3 habits that have totally transformed my life and this post I’ll share my tips about the third one:
- Trust your intuition
- Think positively
- Read more
In 2016 I read 27 printed books, 15 on audio and 3 on Kindle. That was 45 new ways to see live!.
The speed of internal growth has been incredible fast! (jaw dropping results) so fast so big that I have no idea what is going to happen in 2017! I will write my own book, be myself more than ever, be more present, more loving and choose freedom instead of fear.
If you feel you are ready to grow, then use these 10 tips to read more and embrace a new exciting life:
1. Cut TV time to half or don’t watch tv at all (you will set your brain free from thousand negative messages). Drop the reality TV shows and leave only what you really think adds value to your life. Choose what do you want to feed to your mind. For example, for me Facebook is important to catch up with my family and friends in my country, but I keep it clean of awful posts or negativity. We all have bad days but do you really want the noise of their non-sense moaning? unfollow or just delete them Ooops . The result: My news’ wall is full of people and organisations who encourage me or teach me something. However, after scrolling for a while on Facebook I always end thinking this is boring let’s read a book… It has become a habit to replace TV.
2. Read different types of books in parallel: Diversity make it much more fun, so use the 3 rule.
- One book easy to follow that makes you smile, pick a topic you love.
- One book uplifting, with stories of greatness, hope and joy.
- One book more complex or challenging business, scientific research, cutting edge knowledge.
Everytime I face “the wall” aka. boredom, lack of interest, tiredness, I just leave it alone for a while and finish one of the other two.
3. Listen to books at home: I listen to them when I’m getting ready in the morning, or when I’m cleaning my place in the evening (this is a double-benefit tip because I am getting better at cleanning after myself and it brings me an increible sense of calm and clarity). Not every type of book is suitable for audio, pick an easy topic, or a story type book. It would be very hard to grasp the content of a research-based theory-type book as audio!
4. Keep 1-2 books always with you, digital or printed it doesn’t matter. Pick your favourites and make the most of the idle time during the day (waiting for someone, in a queue, appointment delayed, sunbathing, etc).
5. Enjoy the process instead of focusing on finish them. I’m a slow reader, I read every page and I avoid using “speed reading” tactics… I want to enjoy the activity not just skim through, I want to highlight, draw and make notes in the border of the pages…etc. Sounds odd but it definitely makes me more consistent because I love the activity not just the result.
6. Give yourself an unlimited budget for books as long as you read them . This is totally exciting. Payday= book day! $100 on books? No guilt, you’ll create $1000 with the newly acquiered knowledge or even better, you’ll have priceless breakthroughts.
7. Explore new places in your area to find a couple of good reading spots: The brain follows patterns, when I go there I naturally spend hours reading in the most relaxed lovely mood. The get extra points and a place in my heart if they serve good coffee (or your favourite drink). You can create your own reading spot at home too!.
8. Have a wish list: I have an amazon whish list with about 30+ books and I keep adding titles. The feeling of Buying a book, and the feeling of Reading a book are very different so don’t expect yourself to wake up wanting to go to the bookshop, walk around to choose a book and then sit 5 for hours reading it. That is very unlikely to happen more than once in a year!. Buy them everytime that you feel like, and read them when you feel like! It’s pretty simple. A word of warning: Don’t but new titles unless you have finished one . I have no clue how much I read per day or week, maybe 3 hours per day after my full time job? 5 hours on weekends? I just enjoy it!. But I don’t buy many to avoid feeling overwhelmed with “Tsundoku”, the Japanese word for a pile of unread books.
9. Audios everywhere: For a run, for a long trip, for the beach, a flight… Some people listen books when they drive but I would be extra careful with this! You might not remember anything from the book and or even worse, you might cause a car crash!.
10. Feel the flow: Read only when you feel like doing it. I avoid scheduling “reading” slots in the calendar so it feels like a hobby and not like a task, it is one of my auto-pilot habits when I want to relax, recharge, etc. By now people might be thinking that I am missing social interaction but it’s kind of the opposite because everytime I meet anyone they have my full atention ♡.
Ps. I want to read 52 on 2017 Would you join me on a reading challenge? I’m happy to read your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.