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Succeeding at Your New Years Resolution to Read More Books

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more books in 2021, then look no further than option.io. Are mastermind groups are designed to encourage you to read more books and get more out of the books that you do read. Making a commitment to others is one of the most effective methods to ensure you reach your stated goal. Below are a few thoughts on how a small, regular commitment can help you make big changes in your life this year.

Plan to read 7 books a year

If you can spare 15 minutes a day, you can easily read five life changing books in a year. Here is the simple math. The average reader reads approximately 200 words per minute, meaning it will take you approximately 4.5 hours to read a 200 page book, or 6.75 hours to read a 300 page book. If you read for 15 minutes per day five days per week, that allows you to read a 300 page book in just under 6 weeks! That means you can easily read 7 books in a year, the 42 weeks it will take you leaves plenty of buffer time for long days in the office or rushed mornings where you skip your morning reading ritual.

How to pick which books to read first?

Zig Zigler’s “Wheel of Life” may be an instructive source for white books to read. If you aren’t familiar with the wheel of life it is a visual tool to show all of the different areas of your life which require focus to live a balanced life. The areas are: mental, spiritual, physical, family, financial, personal, and career. It just happens that the number of areas total seven, so a great place to start is to identify a book within each category that you would like to read in a year. While not all of the Uption.io categories fit with the Wheel of Life, you can certainly find books on the current reading list that fit within each of the categories.

Reading versus Audiobooks

It comes down to how you best consume content and how much you want to absorb the information. Many readers enjoy the feeling of physical paper, and even mark up their books by underlining and writing in the margins. Others are happy highlighting digital books on their Kindle. If you are just too on the go, or you have a job that keeps you on the road, Audible audiobooks can be a great option, but if you are listening to them while performing another task (say, driving?) you are bound to either distract yourself from a very important task or risk losing out on the information contained in the book. The choice is up to you, but you might consider picking different formats depending on the subject matter. Say, lighter reads are consumed via audiobook while more serious topics such as investing and finance are read via physical books.

Can Podcasts Substitute for Books?

There is no doubt that podcasts are a great way to learn about almost any subject. Podcasts helped inspire Uption.io (Startups For the Rest of Us and Indiehackers). Podcasts, however, will never be a substitute for the learning that can take place from reading a book, or arguably taking an online course from a reputable instructor. Beyond introducing topics to a wide audience, another great use of podcasts is as a book recommendation source, as hosts often interview authors or question successful guests about their reading habits.

Onward to 2021

Unless you started reading yesterday, there is no better day to start reading than today. If you need extra inspiration or a supportive community, Uption.io is here to help. All the best to you in all your endeavors for this year to come.

Please share your thoughts by sending an email to hello@uption.io. What do you think? What books do you want to read this year? Why are you inspired to read more this year than in the past? If you can only read one book this year, which will it be and why? It is always great to hear from you.

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