How to Finish One Book A Week

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I  LOVE the springtime – nothing better than going outside for fresh air and sun, and devouring a good book.

Books are a wonderland of adventure, empowering us to new levels of growth and understanding.

Books transform lives, and the course of human history.

Yet, most people don’t read nearly as many books as they can.

In fact, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in four adults read ZERO BOOKS this past year.

If you would like to read more, I made this short video with eight Kwik Tips to finishing a book a week (52 books every year)!

1. Create and keep a reading list. 

Reading is an excellent tool for entertainment and learning, allowing you to download information an expert spent decades assembling in a few hours. In fact, some of the world’s best leaders read avidly: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tony Robins, John F. Kennedy. But you must know what you want to read, so make a list and update it whenever you come across an interesting new book. Stuck? Our bookstore carries the latest books on creativity, learning and brain performance.

2. Do the math. 

To learn how fast you read, read any book for two minutes and count the lines you read. That number divided by two is how many lines you read per minute. Then,

lines you read per minute x words per line = words you read per minute (wpm)

If you read a book in seven hours at 150 – 250 wpm, you should read an hour a day to read a book a week. If you’ve taken a speed-reading program and read at 800 wpm, you’ll need 15 minutes a day to achieve the same results.

3. Read at your peak. 

Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Read at the times when you have the most energy, so you’ll focus better and learn more. It’s like exercise – what you put in is what you get out.

 4. Schedule it around your peak.

You give to your family, friends, and job. But when was the last time you gave to yourself? In order to give, you must be able to grow and replenish the wealth. Invest in quality time with yourself and commit to reading. Schedule it into your calendar, like a meeting or doctor’s appointment. Doing so around your peak gives you the most benefit.

5. Join a book club. 

A book club is a small group of people, physically there or online, who read the same material and discuss it. Like a study group to help you understand what you’re reading, it enriches your experience of the book. Join one or create your own. Our Kwik Reading program selects a book each month, then invites the authors online to share their insights and answer your questions.

6. Enjoy the process. 

Fall in love with learning again, with the pleasure that comes from expanding your mind, growing and learning. Have fun.

 7. Start right now, because now is all we have. 

Knowledge only becomes power when we act on it, as superheroes do. But you can’t act on something you don’t know. So start learning and reading today. Sometimes, the hardest step is getting to that first word. Remember, to handle procrastination, you must put off procrastination.

8. Sharpen the saw. 

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey found that the most effective leaders sharpened their skills, or sharpened the saw. But if you have a lot of wood to cut, you must sharpen the saw first instead of waiting until the last log. So to read a lot of books, you should sharpen you reading and learning skills. They’re both metaskills – get good at learning, reading, remembering and thinking, and it helps every other area of your life. Take any speed-reading program – I’ve taken 24 different ones and have found value in every one.

While these simple tips don’t seem like a lot, they add up fast. So try them out, and let us know how you’re doing on the comments, Facebook or Twitter. And if you want to join our online speed-reading and memory program, click here for a special discount!

I  LOVE the springtime – nothing better than going outside for fresh air and sun, and devouring a good book.

Books are a wonderland of adventure, empowering us to new levels of growth and understanding.

Books transform lives, and the course of human history.

Yet, most people don’t read nearly as many books as they can.

In fact, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in four adults read ZERO BOOKS this past year.

If you would like to read more, I made this short video with eight Kwik Tips to finishing a book a week (52 books every year)!

1. Create and keep a reading list. 

Reading is an excellent tool for entertainment and learning, allowing you to download information an expert spent decades assembling in a few hours. In fact, some of the world’s best leaders read avidly: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tony Robins, John F. Kennedy. But you must know what you want to read, so make a list and update it whenever you come across an interesting new book. Stuck? Our bookstore carries the latest books on creativity, learning and brain performance.

2. Do the math. 

To learn how fast you read, read any book for two minutes and count the lines you read. That number divided by two is how many lines you read per minute. Then,

lines you read per minute x words per line = words you read per minute (wpm)

If you read a book in seven hours at 150 – 250 wpm, you should read an hour a day to read a book a week. If you’ve taken a speed-reading program and read at 800 wpm, you’ll need 15 minutes a day to achieve the same results.

3. Read at your peak. 

Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Read at the times when you have the most energy, so you’ll focus better and learn more. It’s like exercise – what you put in is what you get out.

 4. Schedule it around your peak.

You give to your family, friends, and job. But when was the last time you gave to yourself? In order to give, you must be able to grow and replenish the wealth. Invest in quality time with yourself and commit to reading. Schedule it into your calendar, like a meeting or doctor’s appointment. Doing so around your peak gives you the most benefit.

5. Join a book club. 

A book club is a small group of people, physically there or online, who read the same material and discuss it. Like a study group to help you understand what you’re reading, it enriches your experience of the book. Join one or create your own. Our Kwik Reading program selects a book each month, then invites the authors online to share their insights and answer your questions.

6. Enjoy the process. 

Fall in love with learning again, with the pleasure that comes from expanding your mind, growing and learning. Have fun.

 7. Start right now, because now is all we have. 

Knowledge only becomes power when we act on it, as superheroes do. But you can’t act on something you don’t know. So start learning and reading today. Sometimes, the hardest step is getting to that first word. Remember, to handle procrastination, you must put off procrastination.

8. Sharpen the saw. 

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey found that the most effective leaders sharpened their skills, or sharpened the saw. But if you have a lot of wood to cut, you must sharpen the saw first instead of waiting until the last log. So to read a lot of books, you should sharpen you reading and learning skills. They’re both metaskills – get good at learning, reading, remembering and thinking, and it helps every other area of your life. Take any speed-reading program – I’ve taken 24 different ones and have found value in every one.

While these simple tips don’t seem like a lot, they add up fast. So try them out, and let us know how you’re doing on the comments, Facebook or Twitter. And if you want to join our online speed-reading and memory program, click here for a special discount!

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