I finally get to answer this question.
How did I manage to read so many books in the last few years? How does my reading routine look like?
In this episode, I’ll explain how.
Let’s be clear here:
When I talk about reading more books, I mean books with the purpose of educating yourself in all potential life areas: health, wealth, business, relationships and spirituality.
This type of reading will be very helpful to continuously grow your base of knowledge and expand your mind. The authors of these books have spent years writing down all the problems they faced in their life, and how you can solve these. And all this just in one book.
In the build-up of Book Success, I got to experiment A LOT with different reading routines. I’ve basically read everywhere: from my couch, to the garden, to my bed and eventually the floor. After a lot of these experimentations, I figured out what worked and what didn’t work for me.
So how does my exact reading routine look like?
First of all, it’s very important to state that you have to try to establish this reading routine as a HABIT. Only then can you really consume more books. I developed this routine as a daily habit in my life. If you’re willing to learn more about the formations of habits, I highly recommend you to check out Charles Duhigg’s book: The Power Of Habit.
Basically, my daily routine looks as following:
I wake up around 6 am. I get up, drink a glass of water and jump into a cold shower. After that, I position myself in a comfortable way on the bed and start reading for 45 – 60 mins. This is approximately 20-40 pages, depending on your reading pace. I like to take my time, but that’s highly personal.
If you do this everyday, you can get a lot of reading done over the course of a year. I’ve read over 50 books last year by applying this simple routine.
Now, you may ask yourself: why so early?
Well, there are two big advantages:
1) Your mind is fully refreshed and sharp after a good night of sleep.
I want to highlight a GOOD night of sleep. Drinking a bunch of alcohol or having improper rest won’t make you want to enjoy a book the morning after. You really have to take care of your sleep. I suggest you to read Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson. This book lists 21 interesting strategies on how to improve your sleep quality.
This is pure science. Our mental energy diminishes over the course of a day as we take on more and more activities. This is why ‘reading before bed’ can be a potential trap, especially if it contains non-fiction books. Our brains simply don’t want to take on extra loads of information just before bed. Most of the time, they crave rest.
After we rise, our brains are highly alert and ready to program new software. This is why reading just after you wake up is highly effective.
If you can implement exercise (running, gym, etc.) before your reading session in the morning, that’s even more ideal. Research at Harvard Medical School shows that exercise enhances our ability to learn and maintain new information. In other words: pick up your book after a good run or gym session!
2) Creativity and ideas are flowing in the early morning
When our minds are refreshed, our creativity tends to flows freely.
You will mention that, as you’re reading, a lot of ideas will start to pop up in your head. It’s actually funny to see how our brains automatically pick up that information that is applicable to our own lives.
You will experience sudden ‘Eureka moments’. These can be realizations of how you could do things (differently) in the future, new project ideas, etc. These are the moments you aim for, and it is made possible by our clear and refreshed minds. We recovered this full dose of creativity after a good night of sleep.
These are 2 big advantages of reading in the morning.
Why a cold shower?
Basically, because I just love it. It wakes up my senses and gets me 100% ready for the day. There are a lot of health benefits related to taking cold showers, but that’s for another time.
Realize that this is just a personal preference. You can hit those books directly if you can. It may even be better.
I really hope you got something out of this blog and that you can adopt this routine into your own life. It really helped me consume a lot of information and grow in my base of knowledge.
At the end, it comes down to establishing the right habits into your life. It might be hard in the beginning, but remember: Every master was once a beginner.
Alright guys, I’m ending this blog. If you’ve enjoyed reading this, feel free to share this with a friend, family member or acquaintance via the social media buttons and help them read some more books!
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