Tip of the Week: 5 Step Book Reading System

This week we are going to go over something a little different than fitness, rather development in another area. Check out this nifty system for a few tips on how to read more.

By Dustin:

In 2015 I had a goal to up my reading game. I have tracked my "books read" for 5 straight years. I wanted to make a marked improvement from my previous years of reading anywhere between 11-19 books/year.

I set my goal to read 25+.

With a little friendly competition and a loose system for reading multiple books. I was able to blow past 25 and finish 45 books this year.

At some point in the next few years I would love to say I read a book for every week of the year but I am not about to force it. If my system/life schedule allows it should happen without a ton of extra emphasis.

The System.

1.) Always have a book with you. Even 10-15 minutes waiting to pick up the kids adds up over the year.

2.) Be reading 4 books all the time. Typically at any given time I am reading a hardcopy book for enjoyment. A hardcopy for personal/professional development. An audiobook, and a Kindle book (for reading in the dark).

3.) Mowing the lawn? Audiobook. Cleaning the garage? Audiobook. Driving anywhere? Audiobook. Books read by the author are my favorite and Audible.com is the bomb.

4.) Don't be afraid to NOT finish a book. If I wasn't really motivated to read a book midway through I shelved it and started something else. Then I would come back to it later. Or not.

5.) Outsource your reading deadlines. We started two book clubs at NSS in 2015. It allows me to set a hard deadline to read a certain amount of a book. Meeting that deadline is rewarded when the club gets together to discuss what we read.

Also, if thats not cool enough, as a team at work we finished right around 200 books for the year. ‪#‎knowledgeyo ‪#‎NSSfamily

Here are those books read this year.

1.) Yes, Please: Amy Poehler (Audiobook)

2.) The Mentor Leader: Tony Dungy

3.) The E-Myth Revisited: Michael Gerber (audiobook) 2nd time, first was paperback

4.) Start with Why: Simon Sinek (audiobook)

5.) Drive: Daniel Pink (audiobook)

6.) Aspire: Kevin Hall

7.) The Dip: Seth Godin

8.) Area 51: An Uncensored History of Americas Top Secret Military Base: Annie Jacobsen

9.) Do the Work: Steven Pressfield

10.) Anyway: Kent Keith

11.) Decisive: Chip and Dan Heath (audiobook)

12.) How the Mighty Fall: Jim Collins (audiobook)

13.) Re-Work: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansen (audiobook)

14.) The Unknown Battle of Midway: Alvin Kernan

15.) Can You Go: Dan John

16.) The Black Swan: Nassim Nicholas Talen (audiobook)

17.) The Things They Carries: Tim Obrien

18.) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt: Edmund Morris (audiobook)

19.) A whole new mind: Daniel Pink (audiobook)

20.) 11-22-63: Stephen King (audiobook)

21.) Saints Alive: Lou Schuler (kindle)

22.) The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin (audiobook)

23.) Linchpin: Seth Godin

24.) The Daily Edge: David Horsager

25.) Fight Every Day: Stuart Scott (audiobook)

26.) Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl (kindle)

27.) Rising Strong: Brene Brown (audiobook)

28.) The Warrior Ethos: Steven Pressfield (kindle)

29.) The Online Personal Training Handbook: Jonathan Goodman (kindle)

30.) Jurassic Park: Michael Crichton

31.) Daring Greatly: Brene Brown (audiobook)

32.) Creativity Inc.: Ed Catmull

33.) Extreme Ownership: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin (audiobook)

34.) Food a love story: Jim Gaffigan (audiobook)

35.) Natural Born Heroes: Christopher McDougall

36.) A book of man: Derrick Van Orden

37.) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle (kindle)

38.) Hatchet: Gary Paulsen

39.) The War of Art: Steven Pressfield (kindle)

40.) The Bassoon King: Rainn Wilson (audiobook)

41.) Why we do what we do: Edward Deci

42.) The wind through the keyhole: Stephen King (kindle)

43.) Dune: Frank Herbert

44.) Scoria Roads: Norma Thorstad Knapp

45.) Outlaw Platoon: Steve Parnell

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