This year, I decided to invest some time and read one book each month. Why? One thing I have realized is that successful people don’t limit themselves to their own thoughts and fields. It’s important to look at situations and subjects from a different perspective. By reading about different topics and opinions of others, we become more compassionate and understanding of people’s thoughts and ideas. Not only that, Stephen Covey in his famous book, The 7 habits of highly effective people, mentions,
“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”
The idea that my way or the high way, can create stagnation in our development as individuals. As a student, I realized that learning doesn’t end after my graduation, rather is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I don’t think I am the first one to recognize this; Warren Buffet nearly spends around 60% of his day reading, Bill Gates dedicates at least 5-6 hours of his day to it and these are only few examples.
Now, like me, the idea of reading could seem dull and time consuming, but after 3 months of doing so, I have developed some practices that have helped me, and potentially could help you achieve the goal of “a book a month”
- Do some research
- Decide on a reading goal
- Select a time to read
- Keep a notebook
Do some research: Do not just pick up a random book without knowing much about it. I did this in February and ended up hating the book. Reading became a chore and I decided to choose another book and crammed it in a week.
- Google some topics or things you are interested about
- Ask around for recommendations
- Use websites like Goodreads
Decide on a reading goal: If you’re a slow reader like me, going through 500 pages is a big challenge. Which is why, I decided to create some reading goals for myself. I would read at least 20 pages a day, which would mean that I would finish the book in around 25 days. However, usually I ended up reading more on some days as I enjoyed what I was reading.
Select a time to read: By scheduling a time to read, you most likely won’t forget about the book on a busy day. Gradually it will become a habit that you can stick with. For me, I like to read before going to bed. I sleep around 9:30 PM, so I finish all my work and get ready for bed by 9:00. This gives me at least 30 minutes of reading time a day. Also, this a good way to fall asleep for people who suffer from insomnia.
Keep a notebook: You wouldn’t do anything without a purpose, so why read without one? Therefore, it’s important to keep a notebook when reading. Whenever I feel like I relate to something or come across something inspirational, I pull out my notebook and write it down. By doing this I am telling myself that I am learning and not just killing time by reading
I hope I have motivated you to join me on “a book, a month”! By this time next year, you would have read 12 books, and for someone like me, that’s more books than I have read my whole life 😊
Feel free to comment or message me any books that you think I should read for the upcoming months.