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How to read more than 50+ books a year


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1. He undressed, put on his pajamas and washes his teeth. Instead of going to bed, he takes the book on his bedside table and initiates his daily reading time. It is 2h when he turns off his light. It is the daily newspaper of Bill Gates which affirms read an hour without exception before going to bed.

2. When asked how Elon Musk learned how to build rockets, he replied, "  I read books ."

3. At the beginning of his career, Warren Buffet read between 600 to 1000 pages a day. He still devotes 80% of his days to reading.

4. Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours a day.

The commonalities between his men? A 10-digit bank account, expertise in their field and a passion for reading.

It is difficult not to compare their effectiveness with this habit. This becomes impossible when you read the following lines:

Someone once asked Buffett the key to success. He pointed to a pile of books and explained, " Read 500 pages like this every day. That's how knowledge works. It accumulates like compound interest. Everyone can do it, but I guarantee that very few will do it.  "(Reprinted and translated from USA Today 5 )






Preparing your readings

The in-between books is a dangerous chasm.

We just finished his book. Starting another risk of altering its delicious aftertaste. Several days, sometimes several weeks can pass without initiating a new book.

To avoid stagnating in this nostalgic limbo, I prepare my playlist.

I have an Evernote file where I put the name of a book that has aroused my interest: an author that I appreciate, a recommendation or a title that hung on me.

To expand my list, one of my first questions during a new meeting is to ask what are his favorite books. I also spend time reading the fourth covers or peeling the lists of recommended readings in the areas that interest me.

I order the books in advance and store them in my e-Reader. This habit has two advantages:

1. I avoid the search period by condensing it into a block;
2. I hasten to finish the book I read to attack the next.

This simple practice allowed me to double my number of books read per year.


Setting a Goal

As with everything, defining a measurable goal will better achieve it.

The title of my article uses the number 50. This is the goal I set for myself. Yours can be quite different.

In my experience, I advise you to set a goal that pushes you to surpass yourself. If you think it's reasonable, aim 25. The feeling of challenge will be an additional source of energy. Be careful not to place the bar too high.


Defining a daily minimum

What matters is the average of pages read. It will tell you if you are on the right track. Reading a 300 page book in one day and taking a one-month break will give an average of 10 pages per day. Conversely, reading 30 pages per day will be equivalent to 900 pages per month.

Certainly, boasting of reading a book in one day will arouse public interest. Much more than asserting read 30 pages a day. It remains to be seen whether we want to boast or increase our knowledge.

Set a minimum daily feasible. I noticed that mine was 30 pages each morning. This habit combined with other points allows me to reach 50 pounds per year. Your minimum may be more humble or more ambitious.


Have a daily routine

My routine is to read during the first 30 minutes of the day. That of Bill Gates is to read at the last hour.

Your routine may be different.

But the first or last minutes of the day are particularly interesting. They allow you to immerse yourself in an activity without being disturbed. I get up 1am sooner than my girlfriend for that reason.



Investing in a Reader
An electronic reader brings me many advantages:


  • It is easily transported;
  • It takes up less space on the shelf;
  • It allows me to store thousands of books - to prepare my reading ahead of time.
  • The Kindle Paperwhite is my favorite product. It is cheap, its screen is nice and the list of books offered is consistent.




Creating a Reading Log
This advice is being tested. Its effectiveness remains to be proved.

I transposed the board to measure and record its sports progress on reading 9 . If it helps to improve the results of the one, why would not it do the same for the other? Both activities seem to require similar qualities.

My idea is to have a newspaper where:


  • I inscribe each book read;
  • I evaluate it;
  • I summarize his key points.

My journal becomes a collection of syntheses, a motivator and a trophy.

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