Reading a lot of informational non-fiction books is unarguably one of the most important reasons how I have been able to go so far in trying to achieve my dream life. However, as we all are usually busy with our lives doing other things, it’s often hard to find time to read. Heavy books are difficult to take with you on the go and I never seemed to find time to just pick a book and finish reading it at home. But after implementing these three things, I have been able to start to read several books every week.
1. Listen to your books while doing other things
After listening to my first audiobook, I was hooked. I never knew that listening books
The best thing about audiobooks is that you can listen to them while doing other things. I usually pop my headphones on and listen to books while commuting, cooking, cleaning and exercising. It saves so much time to be able to do two things at the same time. It also makes boring tasks more fun! (I personally cannot do cleaning without listening to audiobooks or podcasts anymore!
I personally use Audible to listen to audiobooks. It is part of Amazon and has a great selection of books available. It also can be used on almost any device, and it syncs your books between all your devices you log in with your Audible account. That way you can continue listening for example with your phone from where you listened previously with your computer. You can use Audible free for 30 days and get two free audiobooks to try it out from here.
2. Read only essential information
If you really do not have much spare time to read (or listen) or can’t be bothered spending hours with long books, I would like to recommend you to try Blinkist. It’s an app you can use to read (or listen) main points of a whole book in about 15 minutes. It is a great way to learn a lot of things in a short time, as it focuses only on the essential points of a book.
What I like about Blinkist the most is that it makes intimidating long books super easy to read. Those “must-read” books with a lot of content, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that is a 13-hour listen on Audible, can be read in 19 minutes with Blinkist. How cool is that?
Being able to read all those books in such a short time was a real game changer for me. It really helped me to implement all the advice from those books to my own life super quickly.
Of course, as the “Blinks” only contain main points of a book, there might be a lot of details left out. So I think Blinkist also as a great way to find good books. Usually, when I find an interesting book on Blinkist, I buy the full book later from Audible or Amazon to learn more in-depth about the subject.
With their free plan, you can read one book free per day. That way you can easily read 7 books every week, using only 15 minutes of your day. You can try out Blinkist for free from here.
3. Read on your mobile phone
I’m already on my phone many hours a day, so I just figured I could use some of that Instagram scrolling time for actually doing something useful. Those few books that are not available on Audible or that I would like to have as written versions, I buy from Amazon and read them on my phone with free the Kindle App. It’s super easy to read a couple of pages when you have some spare time on the go. For example when you are waiting your turn at the post office, riding the subway or even at the hair salon, if you tend to mindlessy scroll your Facebook feed at these times, perhaps you could try to fit in some reading instead. It’s also kinda cool you can have all your books with you wherever you go!
I’m currently reading the book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas. It’s a great book if you are struggling with the mindset of making money! The author is also amazing. I definitely will review this book later on the blog!
You can use different ways to read more books, such as listening to audiobooks while doing other things, reading summaries of books or reading books from your phone while on the go. This way, you might be able to read several books every week.
I hope that these three tools help you too to find time to read and learn more. If you have any other apps or services you use to read on the go, please share and comment them below. I’m always looking for more new ways to read and learn. :)