How to Become a Better Reader in 5 Easy Steps

Do you want to improve your life this year? Read. Consider this thought.

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Nothing can launch your passions, enhance your skills, nor cultivate your personal growth like reading can. Simply put, you really cannot claim to be serious about becoming a better person unless you are willing to put in the time and effort to read.

Now I understand many people don’t really find it easy to establish the habit of reading. So today let’s run through a few steps that will ensure you become a better reader. If you actually carry out today’s assigned tasks, you’ll be an avid reader in no time. Imagine being able to carry on conversations across diverse topics with ease. Imagine understanding the latest research on how to be productive, happy, and successful. Imagine the sense of pride that comes from having a broad set knowledge. These and more can be yours. Let’s see how.

Step 1: Write down your reading purpose. It is very hard to stay motivated when you do not even realize what you are reading for. What is your purpose? To have fun? To learn more about specific topics? To improve a skill? To be a better conversationalist? Whatever your purpose, write it down and remind yourself of it when your motivation needs a boost.

Step 2: Write down your reading goals. What books do you plan to read? Choose books that support your overall reading purpose. If you want suggestions, feel free to comment below and I’ll recommend something just for you!

Step 3: Download the Kindle app on your phone or on your PC. One of the best ways to get more reading done is to make use of those slow moments during the day? A little extra time on your lunch-break? Waiting in line at the store? Commercial break on TV? Seize those moments to go into the Kindle app (which is free!) and read. Choosing Kindle Unlimited which gets you access to over a million popular ebooks is another great option. Here’s a free monthly trial of Kindle Unlimited if you’d like to try it out.

Step 4: Create a reading schedule. Reading doesn’t just happen because we want it to. We have to proactively schedule time to read. How can we do this? Look at your day and literally pencil in times for you to read. Once you specifically set time aside each day, you’ll find reading comes naturally. Be as specific as possible if you want to increase your chances of success!

Step 5: Journal short summaries of what you learned from each book. The human brain is fickle and you don’t want to lose all the rewards of reading because you slowly forgot what you read. Writing down a short summary of the key points you learned from a book is fantastic because the act of writing actually strengthens your memory and if you do forget, you’ll have notes you can review later.

Follow these steps and soon you’ll be the smartest person in the room. Good luck!

To your daily growth!

Jamie

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