Tsundoku . I came across this word accidentally while I was searching for a holy grail . A holy grail that would show me how to learn faster through books and digital contents . As if my brain has plateaued , I found my book list always mounting in my digital to-do list . Even though I tried to read a book in 2 weeks — a feat far better than 80% of the population — my book shelves are creaking under pressure of unread , not -read and half-read books
I had mixed feelings .The site of the books and the atmosphere they create are always enabling for me . My creativity juice flows well when they are around me.
But I needed to ‘ steal’ the brain of the great writers and creatives that wrote these books . I needed to learn and I was so desperate to look for reading hacks that will make me rival top readers .
So I developed these ten book reading hacks and used them to build my reading routine . This has worked for me. I am almost reading a book per week now.
I hope they will help you too to become less tsundoku.
1.Create Time To Read .
Reading is a serious activity . With the way you create time for your work , you will need to create time for your daily reading too . I do my own reading first thing in the morning because there is always less distractions and my mind is free to absorb contents and ideas . Find time that suit you and be CONSISTENT with it .
2. Read Anywhere .
It is commendable to have a reading desk or a study room , but for busy people , this might not be practical . No place is sacred for contents of a book to be digested and that is why we have different people doing their reading in different places .
Do not be restricted by place . Make your books readily available in your house provided they are protected from harsh conditions like water and dew. The more places you have books , the more you read . I have books in my toilets that I read when there are unwanted visitors that want to steal my reading time and space .
3. Embrace Different Book Formats .
The digital world has made it easier to read books in many forms . Audio books , kindle , text-to-words are varying formats to have and read books . Take advantage of audio books while you drive or exercise . Read ebooks while you wait in line in the grocery stores . Take advantage of this plurality of book formats .
4. Learn How To Do Book Scheming .
Scheming is an attempt to grab the main idea of a book by flipping through the contents ,chapters , introductions and some selected paragraphs . Every book has a central idea or theme. scheming allows you to decide if you will be buying a book and the urgency to read it .This will save you time , money and energy buying unnecessary books .
5. Get A Book Buddy .
You are more likely to read when you have a reading partner . You and your book buddy will be accountable to beach other in terms what , when and how to read .
6. Join A Book Club .
This like having many book buddies. There are more than a thousand book clubs cutting across gender , faith , age and class on the internet . You have the advantage to join the global group of readers that promote daily reading . Look for one that suites your need and participate fully.
7.Practice What You learn .
Reading has compound effect .The more you learn , the more you do and the more you want to learn more . If you approach your books with the intention to practice what you will learn , you will become almost always inseparable with your books.
8. Create A Mini Library .
A mini library makes you organise and keeps your book clean and neat . This organisation is a boost to your reading appetite . It has been found that those who invest in keeping their books tidy and organised tend to read more books than those who litter their environments with torn and dirty books . Even if you must have books in all crevices of your house , make them organised , clean and well arranged.
9. Learn Speed Reading .
Effectiveness comes with speed most of the time. The better you get at something, the faster you do
10. Enliven Your Books.
Books contain wisdom of ages . They are the extension of great minds far and near ,dead and alive . They immortalise our knowledge and perpetuate history , learning and wisdom . Without books , no learning , no history , no culture . These and many other attributes of books demand your careful consideration when you handle books . However , the greatest service to the past , the present and the future is to get past your tsundoku and read as much as you can ; read every day and read with purpose to change your world .