Thanks to the internet, information is floating around us at levels never experienced before in human history. Despite this fact, picking up a good book to read it is still a very powerful learning experience. Instead of letting books collect on shelves, reading at least one book per week can open up the mind to new possibilities. If you don’t think you have time for reading a real book, here are some ideas to help get your started.
#1. Take an honest look at your time investments.
There’s a good chance that you could carve out at least 30 minutes for reading every day. Between social media investment, television investments, video game investments, and other entertainment options, the average person spends 3-4 hours every day looking at a screen outside of their work responsibilities. Look at where you’re investing time and you’ll be surprised how much you could dedicate to reading.
#2. Pick an author which relates to you.
Reading is more about the author-reader relationship than many realize. Think about your favorite authors right now. What was their background? What are their hobbies? What are their spirituality preferences? We all tend to read authors when we feel like the words they’ve written have a direct impact on us. To encourage more reading, pick an author that could be your best friend.
#3. Get an overview of the book first.
Many times we give up reading a book because the information seems too dense or the argument being made seems nonsensical. Being interested in what a book has to offer is the key to unlocking its potential. Take the time to look over the subtitles, the flaps, and the table of contents before committing to a full read. If you don’t agree with how the thesis of the book seems to be evolving, then put it down and find something more interesting to read.
#4. It’s fine to skim chapters and paragraphs.
Now here’s a fact that authors and publishers don’t like to share: many books have several pages of “filler content.” It’s supportive information, sometimes dialogue, but overall has very little to do with the overall thesis being presented. Skim each chapter to see if it is even worth reading. If it looks like there is some useful information available, then read the introduction and conclusion sentences of each paragraph. If those seem interesting, then read the rest of the information. Don’t waste your time reading something that you’ll forget by breakfast tomorrow.
#5. Spoil the ending.
You might not want to do this for a fiction novel, but for non-fiction books, you can pretty much sum up the entire content being presented in the first and last paragraphs that have been published. Absorb this information and you’ll have a good idea of what supporting facts are included between the beginning and ending of the book. If you find that the thesis or the conclusion are a bit worthless, then you don’t have to waste your time reading the book.
Finding time to read a book each week means finding a book that is interesting to you while carving out the time to actually read it. Follow these steps and you’ll find that the information you do take the time to read will become much more interesting.