I would like to credit reading a lot of informational books as one of the most important things on how I have been able to go so far trying to achieve my dream life. However, with our busy lives, it’s often hard to find time to read. Books are difficult to take with you on the go. I love reading and learning new things, but before I never seemed to find time to just pick a book and finish reading it. After finding these three tools, they helped me to be able to start reading several books every week.
1. Listen to your books while doing other things
After listening to my first book, I was hooked. I never knew listening books was so easy! I got so into it, that finished listening to my first audiobook, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in one day. Totally life-changing!
The best thing about audiobooks is that you can listen to them while doing other things. I usually pop my headphones on and listen to books while commuting, cooking, cleaning and exercising. It saves so much time to be able to do two things at the same time. It also makes boring tasks more fun!
I personally use Audible to listen to audiobooks. It is part of Amazon and has a great selection of books available. It also can be used on almost any device, and it syncs your books between all your devices you log in with your Audible account. That way you can continue listening with your phone from where you listened previously with your computer. You can use Audible free for 30 days and get two free audiobooks to try it out from here.
2. Read essential information only
If you really do not have much spare time to read (or listen) or can’t be bothered spending hours with long books, I would like to recommend you to try Blinkist. It’s an app you can use to read (or listen) main points of a whole book in 15 minutes. It is a great way to learn a lot of things in a short time, as it focuses only on the essential points of a book.
What I like about Blinkist the most is that it makes intimidating long books super easy to read. Those books with a lot of content, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey that is a 13-hour listen on Audible, can be read in 19 minutes with Blinkist. How cool is that?
Being able to read essentials of a book in such a short time was a real game changer for me. It really helped me to learn stuff and implement the things I learnt to my own life super quickly.
Of course, as the Blinks only contain the main points of a book, there might be a lot of small details left out. So I think Blinkist also as a great way to find good books. Sometimes, when I find an interesting book on Blinkist, I buy the full book later from Audible or Amazon to learn more in-depth about the subject.
With their free plan, you can read one book free per day. That way you can easily read 7 books every week, using only 15 minutes of your day. You can try out Blinkist free from here.
3. Read from your mobile phone
I’m already on my phone many hours a day, so I just figured I could use some of that Instagram scrolling time for actually doing something useful. Those few books that are not available on Audible or I would like to have as written versions, I buy from Amazon and read them from my phone with the Kindle App. It’s super easy to read a couple of pages when you have some spare time on the go. For example when you are waiting your turn at the post office, riding the subway or even at the hair salon, if you tend to look your phone at these times, perhaps you could try to fit in some reading on these times. It’s kinda cool you can have all your books with you wherever you go!
I’m currently reading the book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!, it’s great if you are struggling with making money!
You can use different ways to read more books, such as listening audiobooks while doing other things, reading summaries of books or reading books from your phone while on the go.
I hope that these three tools help you too to find time to read and learn more. If you have any other apps or services you use to read on the go, please share and comment them below. I’m always looking for more new ways to read. 🙂