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Audiobooks — What to do & What not to do — Part 1

Hey ReadARs

Here’s the first part of audiobooks, what to do and what not to do and everything here on a very Monday morning.

When to listen.

I usually listen to audiobooks when I’m doing something else.

When I say something else, I’m doing something like running, or working out, or when I’m driving a car, or when I’m in a cab, and it’s night time, so reading inside the cab is obviously not so possible.

I also listen to them when I’m also doing some household chore, or when I’m brewing my coffee. So I plug into audiobooks when I’m doing something else.

But not when I’m doing something very intensive, or you know, cognitively, my mind is required somewhere else. So if I’m running a program or coding it, no, no, not at all.

So when I’m doing something where my mind is not being utilized fully, okay, I listen to audiobooks.

Step 1 — “find your slot” to listen to audiobook.

That’s why you will see a lot of people listen to audiobooks when they are walking, or when they are driving, so passively listening. Remember this word, passively listening.

How long to listen to audiobooks at one stretch?

Actually, this is where a lot of people make a lot of mistakes. They go on a long stretch, their journey is one and a half hours long, and they will continue listening to the audiobook, not realizing somewhere around 20th to 30th minute mark, they would have actually stopped listening. And then they just let the book continue.

Even though we have two ears and one mouth, we have poor listeners. In fact, listening to audiobooks improves you as a listener, okay. That’s a very intangible, but very powerful benefit of audiobooks.

But your mind also has a cognitive limit, where it will stop really listening in. That sweet spot is between 20th to 30th minute mark. As you build that practice in, as you build your reps in, you’ll go from 20 to 30, okay. 20 is still a very sweet spot. Keep this 20 in mind as well.

What speed to listen?

Now, this is where again, there’s a lot of BS around, where what you should listen to 2x or 2.5x above, because you should quickly complete the book, there’s so many books out there. Yeah, they would have their own school of philosophy, I consider that as BS. I still believe 1.5x is the final point, okay. Obviously, to each their own.

The speed range, which I find very helpful is 0.85x to 1.25x.

I’ll explain to you when.

If I’m running, if the world around me is moving faster when I’m running, or when I’m driving, so the world around me is moving faster, okay. That’s when I bring the speed down to 0.85x. That’s when I slow down the audio book so that because the world around me is moving fast, I can grasp a little bit better.

When I’m at home brewing my coffee, or when I’m in a cabin, I can literally close my eyes and slow the world down for myself, I go to 1 or 1.25x.

You find your suitable listening speed. As I said, we are poor listeners, so don’t go over the top.

I barely use 1.5x in reserve scenarios where I’ve gone through the book already, maybe I’ve read it, I’ve already heard it, and I’m re-going through it, so that’s not the right word, but nevertheless. I’m going through it again, so that’s when I maybe, occasionally, I go to 1.5x.

Anything more than that, it won’t make sense. If you are at too high speed, all you will listen to it is Tape Recorder in Fast Forward Mode.

What not to do when listening to an audiobook?

  1. Avoid Audiobook while doing something very cognitive.
    I skip audiobooks when I am doing an intense activity where your mind has to be involved.
  2. So if you are driving a two-wheeler, I will tell you to avoid audiobooks. It should be strictly avoided anyways, but a lot of people still keep their earphones in. In a car, it’s relatively safer, but obviously in a car, don’t put your airpods on, okay. If you are in a car and listening, put it on the speaker, rather, so that you still have some sense left to drive, okay. Don’t fully smash your senses in.
  3. Avoid regression.

    See, audiobook is about exploring, it’s about soaking the information in. You are not going to retain everything out of it, okay. You are going to be like a sponge, which will retain what it wanted, and then everything else will drain off. This is also where the point of not going beyond 20-30 minutes comes into play. Your mind is only going to be able to soak some information.

    So avoid continuously keep going back 30 seconds or 60 seconds or back and forth. A small chapter will become huge if you do so. This is called regression. Avoid regression as much as you can.

    The only time I do this, okay, so there is also a caveat for everything in life. So if I’m running and the author has said something, wow, okay. Now because I’m running, my mind is still on the road and traffic around and stuff. So if the author has said something, wow, I would go back and do that 30 seconds back or 60 seconds back. I will set the settings to 60 seconds back. So if I just click a button while the audio book is playing, I can go 60 seconds back and listen to the entire portion of it. I do think 30 seconds is the best place because you don’t have to additionally listen. But in 60 seconds, it will give you a little bit of context. So I do regress sometimes, but it’s very, very rare. Only in a scenario when I’m doing something else and I missed. The rest of the time, go past. The audio book is about just soaking in.

Last but not the least, make a quick scribble of two minutes or three minutes after your listening session.

I’ll expand into it on how to retain better with the audio books in the part two of this video, which should come to you on a Tuesday morning, that is tomorrow.

After any listening session, just scribble what you heard in two or three quick minutes. Don’t try to make a whole summary essay out of it. But don’t try to ignore it either.

These two or three minutes, when combined with your 20 to 30 minutes of listening session, just are going to change the game for you. They’re not only going to make you a better listener, a better retainer of information, but it changes the way you look at audio books and reading and books, all sorts of knowledge and information as well.

So, yeah, this is what you have to do. This is the first quick video of do’s and don’ts of audio books. Part two of this will come tomorrow morning. So, watch it. That one will be a short one. I’m just setting this up for all of you.

P.S — Do the audible settings as well. Go to audible. If you’re on audible, go to settings. It’s on the top right corner, three lines. Click there, settings. Just go to the general and playback speed. That 30 second or 60 second thing, whichever you’re going to be more comfortable with. I’m comfortable with 60 seconds. The default setting, I think, is 30 seconds. If you’re fine with default, let it be. Don’t overdo.

That’s it for today. Thank you.
Let me know in the group if this video was helpful for you.
Ta-da!

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Let’s Read Socially!

“Do Epic Shit”
&
“Get Epic Shit Done”

Reading Alone is Boring

Reading Socially is engaging, interactive & fun!

So how about we Read these two “Epic” books by the One & Only Ankur Warikoo.

Please note – You will have to buy these two books on your own.

You can buy both these books here

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The ReadARs Club Elite

Time has arrived for all of us to chart out the next leg of the Growth Journey as members of The ReadARs Club

Introducing to all of you — The ReadARs Club Elite.

Here’s how Elite would be a game-changer for the ReadARs —

Mini-Cohorts

A topic specific cohort ranging between 2-4 weeks.

Great Readers Write — 4 Week Mini-Cohort designed to help Readers level-up their Reading Game via the power of Writing, coupled along with Accountability and Audience-driven metrics.

Atomic Learning — 4 Week Mini-Cohort designed to help you level-up your skillsets by learning every day through the Self-Paced Courses.

Habit Tracking 2.0 — Yes I was wrong to not continue further with the erstwhile Habit Tracking Group. I am resuming it with a pledge that I will keep making the entire process of Habit Tracking more effective every month.

Workshops

1-2 hour workshops spaced intermittently

Read — Better, Faster, Smarter

Continuous Learning Program to refresh & enhance your Reading skills. Total of 12 Workshops that lie in store for the ReadARs.

DG — Build your Digital Garden

Call it Digital Garden or call it Second Brain. 2023 is a year where I want all the ReadARs to compulsorily build one of their own. Even if it inefficient (and it will be); even if it is not beautiful (Great Gardens don’t get built overnight)

EATS — Manage Energy, Attention, Time & Smartphone Better.

Guest Events

Earlier this year, I called in Sathya & Jill Metcalfe to deliver their keynotes on Mind-Maps & Notion at the ReadARs Annual Summit

Well I am doubling-up on that.

I will be leveraging my connections & invite them as external speakers to deliver a keynote on topics that matter to each of us.

Oh yes! I intend to get Authors to join in & Elite members would get to be a part of it.

Get Paid!

Who here would hate to make some money to buy all the wonderful books from? I wouldn’t.

Get Paid to be an Alumni Guide

Get Paid to play official roles.

Get Paid as an Affiliate & get your friends/connections join into the Reading Habits Cohorts

Curious to know the Schedule of Mini-Cohorts, Workshops & Guest Events. Here you go 👇

Let’s address the Elephant in the Room — Pricing

Membership will be valid for one year effective from 01-01-2023 till 31-12-2023

I intend to open-up The ReadARs Club Elite for the world outside this year. Their pricing will be 2X the pricing tier of the ReadARs.

If you are game-on for being part of The ReadARs Club Elite, DM me on Whatsapp so that I could initiate the Onboarding Process for you.

If you don’t feel like paying for one year membership —

I will be moving you out of TRC and will be subsequently adding you to a low-noise channel (tentatively called The ReadARs Hub)

The purpose of this channel is so that you don’t lose touch with your identity as a Reader. This channel will also have Free GRPs occasionally.

We have only got 3 days left in this 2022.

Ample Time to make one decision for your 2023.

Whatever it is, Let me know.

Any queries – Ask me Directly or Ask me in the Group. But Ask 🙂

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Hey ReadARs — It’s time to Self-Read

First things first – This article reaches you few days late. Sincere apologies for that. I’ve been travelling in the state of Himachal Pradesh & haven’t been able to put time to write (Makes me wonder how travel bloggers write amidst the nature’s beauty)

It goes without saying that my biggest project of 2022 for all the ReadARs is to work on our PKM aka Personal Knowledge Management.

And its starts with “Getting Things Done” from 13th June

But before that, I want you to challenge yourself to self-read one of these books.

You can read one of these or anything of your own choice. But please ensure that it’s a light, short read.

Our goal is to Read GTD and these books are warm-ups for it.

Fiction —

A. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Perfect small book that will leave you mesmerised for life. A fun, deep read about all things life & politics.

This will be my preferred choice for you to read on your own.

Buy it here

Non-Fiction —

B. Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

If you still prefer to confine yourself to nonfiction, then this is the short, quick read that will reinforce your understanding about the power of compounding and how it correlates to your life.

Buy it here

Points to Remember while you Self-Read

A. Order your book ASAP 🙂

B. Finish your book before 11th June.

C. Work on your Reading Routine as you read by yourself so that you read your book everyday. This is a warm-up for GTD and thus you need to build in your resilience NOW before we start reading that incredible book.

D. Create your own Daily Portions. Divide it either by 10/15 pages a day format or divide it Chapter Wise (preferred for Nonfiction)

Ensure that you do this division before you start reading the book. Make a daily portion index card or write the same on your Readers Journal. Each day you read that portion, mark a tick against it. This keeps one on-track the most when self-reading.

E. If you finish the 1st, you can read the 2nd too. 🙂
But wrap it up before 11th June.

F. Don’t forget to buy “Getting Things Done” too.
Buy it Here

Go ahead & self-read.
Good Luck. 🙂

Any questions, ASK ME right away on Group or DMs

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Reading World Book Day

I won’t be celebrating World Book Day! But you the ReadARs will.

Read this ASAP. Tomorrow, 23rd April is the World Book Day and I want you to celebrate it with full gusto.

It’s the day to celebrate the hard-work, determination & perseverance you have put-in to create your Reading Habits.

In an era where people are addicted to their smartphones, where their attention dangles like a puppet whose strings are being pulled by the social media giants, you are amongst the very rare category of people on this planet who are fighting against their distractions to build this wonderful, magical habit of Reading.

Many of you are in your First Year as a ReadAR, Some of you are in the Second Year & few of you fast approaching the completion of Third Year as a ReadAR. It’s a feat worth celebrating!

If in case some of you are wondering, this is NOT a Testimonial which I am asking you for. So you don’t have to make it about me.

This is about you. All about celebrating your feat & accomplishments in the World of Books with the World on the World Book Day.

5 Ideas How you can celebrate World Book Day –

You can choose any idea you have. But if you are short of ideas, here are 5 —

A. Write your Journey from Zero Books for X number of Years to One/Two/Three Books in a Month.

B. Share a picture of all the Books you have read ever since you began to work on your daily reading habit.

C. Write how Reading Books has helped you personally, professional or both.

D. Share your style of Reading, your tips & tricks on Reading.

E. Write a book review of the book you just Finished.

You can Write or Speak about it. Here’s how you can choose between the two

Pick one that you have been wanting to do for a long while.

If you have been wanting to Write, Write.
If you have been wanting to Speak, Speak.
If you have been wanting to Write & Speak, then Write & Speak

It’s easiest to write or speak something when you are truly passionate about it, when you have gone through that process.

Because at that moment, you’re not writing or speaking from your mind. Your Mind is the Enemy! It’s the most dubious, fickle, doubt creator, two-faced entity you will ever face.

At that moment, you will be writing or speaking from your Heart. ❤️Your heart is always at the right place, always true to the core & always speaks at the emotional level others can instantly connect on.

Write your Heart out. Speak your Heart out. Period.

3 Steps to Ease your Fears of Writing & Speaking

I wrote this entire essay in 15 mins & Editing took 10 mins.

Heck sharing it personally with each ReadAR will take more time!

Here are the 3 simplest tips you can apply

  1. Set a timer of 15/20 minutes to Write on your Laptop/Mobile. Put your phone on Airplane Mode by default, even if you are writing on your Mobile. And sit where you can see your pile of books you have read.
  2. Now write. When you are writing, do not let your mind interfere. Just write anything and everything that comes out of your mind. Do not correct grammar mistakes, Do not edit any sentence at all, Do not try to beautify right now. Just Write.
    P.S — Welcome to the art called Freewriting.
  3. Now Edit. Quick & Fast
    a. Copy & paste what you have written & put it on Grammarly Free Account (it’s quite effective)

    b. Format it for “Readability in 2022” – Recall James Clear’s Atomic Habits – he had written in big fonts & short paragraphs. Only few paragraphs went beyond 7 continuous lines. Your paragraph should ideally be 3-5 lines long.

If you are going to speak, you should write for 5/10 minutes as above, and then hit record!

Ship your Content!

The world is waiting to hear your story. Share it!

You have done the hard work to writing your story. It’s time to share it with the world. Most people get stuck here.

I have been one of them. I’ve hesitant in sharing my story, in showing my work over the last decade. And I am the one who is still paying for it. Today I have to work 10x harder to share something.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to not be AR.

Share! Not for likes. Not for social media validation. (You will ofcourse get them) Not to become a Social Media Influencer & Definitely Not for AR.

You will be Sharing this for yourself. Present & Future Self.

On the days when your future self feels bad, feels down, all you will have to do is to check these posts and reflect on the incredible progress you have made on this journey.

Some tips & tricks for the platform you choose

If you are sharing on LinkedIn, the best time to post is between 9 AM to 11 AM.

If you are sharing on Instagram, the best time to post is between 9 – 11 AM OR 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

If you are sharing on Twitter, the best time to post is between 8 – 9 AM or 7:30 to 8:30 PM.

Get set go. Write & Ship it!

As aNIKEt says — “Just Do It”

If reading this has inspired you, don’t wait for tomorrow to take the next step. Just start right away.

Once you have shipped it on social media platforms, go ahead and share it with your Group of ReadARs.

And don’t forget to share the link on your Whatsapp Status too. The most powerful discovery tool right now 🙂

If you have any question, ask in the comments OR preferably on the Group (Batch 22/21 or The ReadARs Club)

P.S — If you feel like, you can tag me 🙂 — No compulsion

Instagram – @thereadinghabits;
Twitter – @AniketReads &
LinkedIn – Aniket Rai

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3rd Book for Cohort-21

Hey ReadARs

It’s time to choose your next book.

One of my favourite all-time Reads — The Alchemist

Please follow these steps when you place your order —

A. Buy it from the Prime Seller by clicking this link below

B. Lot of pirated copies of Alchemist exist in the market which is why there are a number of pirated book sellers on Amazon trying to rip-off the innocent book buyers.

Here’s how you can sidestep even if Amazon gives random seller.

C. Sellers I trust to buy this book —

a. Cloudtail India
b. uRead-Store

You can select the seller by clicking the 21 New from 235 option I have underlined in the desktop screenshot above

Here’s how you can select the seller when buying on Mobile. 👇

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Reading

29-30 Jan’22 Weekend Reads

Curated by AR for the ReadARs

One of the most common ask of the ReadARs in the end of the year 2021 feedback form was to be able to read articles on the weekends.

The weekend cover-up days usually resulted in backfiring on one major fronts — The diligent ReadARs, who had no reading portion to cover-up, were having their reading momentum broken.

Thus starts from this weekend, for all the upcoming weekends of 2022, the Weekend Reads Column.

Here’s the format I would like you to follow –

Read any one article (from the choice of 3)

After reading, post in the comments as follows –

  • Which article you read (for my reference)
  • Drop a 2-line summary (for your retention)

Here we go then —

Article A – Feel free to stop striving: learn to relish being an amateur

https://psyche.co/ideas/feel-free-to-stop-striving-learn-to-relish-being-an-amateur?

Article B – How the Ballpoint Pen killed the Cursive

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/ballpoint-pens-object-lesson-history-handwriting/402205/

Article C – 10 Things That Helped Maria Popova Build A Multi-Million Blog Audience

https://writingcooperative.com/10-things-that-helped-maria-popova-build-a-multi-million-blog-audience-66157fc56487

Bonus Read – The Two Best Ways to Win at Wordle

https://slate.com/technology/2022/01/wordle-how-to-win-strategy-crossword-experts.html

That’s all folks.

Next weekend reads will land first thing in your inbox on Saturday morning 🙂

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Book Summary Apps – The Bright Side and the Dark Side

If you are a voracious reader or you are someone who’s actively working on forming reading habits, I am certain that you would have come across an ad of some book summary service like Instaread, Mentorbox, Blinkist etc. If you are in India, you might also know the app by Amrut Deshmukh called Booklet which again has summarised version of the books that he has read. 

Now the idea behind these book summary apps is that instead of reading an entire book, one can simply digest its main ideas, in 10-15 minutes. These apps primarily cater to the nonfiction books, especially the self-help books category. And by the same premise, they sell further by painting a vivid picture of one person being able to digest hundreds of books.

I am sure that they would be having a lot of paid subscribers who have found it as an interesting concept and thus signed up for it. I understand their premise – why spend hours into reading a book entirely when you can digest some key ideas from a book summary app in 15 mins & then read 10 more books in half the total time spent.

For those who don’t really wish to invest in their reading habits, then these book summary apps are good substitute. Some amount of reading is thousand times better than no amount of reading at all.

But if you are someone who’s actively working to form long lasting reading habits, then you will be better off by giving these apps a skip.

Reading self-help books is like shopping at a supermarket. When you are in a supermarket you don’t pick every item that’s there. You pick what you need the most, what suits you the most.

Your point of view of reading that book will definitely be different to the person who had made a summary on the book summary app.

What if their interpretation overlooks a portion of the book that could have been important, or even life altering for you?

When you read and invest your time into these self-help books, you’re not just reading for the sake of it. You’re reading to apply. And thus the approach to read the book in small portions and applying it, each day. You will thus pick the best elements out of that self-help book, ones that you found were most applicable.

Instead of trying to read too many books and applying too little from them, pick ones that are most applicable to your current life and future self.

The mindset should be that the book must be deserving enough to be read by you. This will serve as a handy filter into bringing down the shortlisted books to 5-6.

Read them, a little bit each day. Apply them, a little bit each day. And summarize them for yourself each weekend. Repeat the process with the next book and the book after & before you know it, you would have already become what the book promised you to.

If you still wish to use a book summary app, then choose Blinkist. It has a “free daily pick” which has one book summary available to all its users – both paid and unpaid. If a book appeals to you, put it in your wishlist and if sometime later it makes the cut, then the book summary app would have served its purpose.

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Power of Morning Routine

I’m a big fan of this wonderful book “Tiny Habits” by Dr. BJ Fogg

Dr. Fogg is the founder of behaviour design lab at Stanford. In his debut book, he talks about the importance of anchors. Anchors are the driving forces that lead to the formation of a new habit.

Even while suggesting, he has mentioned 15 routines that one can create in the morning. How many did he suggest in the day? 5. And in the evening? 9.

There are more morning anchors than those in the day and in the evening, combined.

Well, it can be argued that the author was giving some examples so he might have added more routines in the morning or could have worked harder to write an equivalent number of routines for the day/evening.

But that’s not the case. Certainly, there’s something more at play here than it meets the eye.

Each one of us wants to be successful. The metrics to define success will be different for each person but it goes without saying that all of us have an innate desire to be successful.

But an ugly truth of our modern-day society is that only a few will ever achieve their true potential to realise their dreams…

For those who really want to be successful, it will only take a relentless pursuit of their goals & deliberate practice of their systems to get there.

For that journey to be successful, you will need on a heck lot of inspiration to remain on your path. One of the popular sources of inspiration is to read/ listen/ watch interviews of successful people.

If you were to do that, you will see one common pattern emerge – that these successful people mastered their morning routines.

Our morning routines hold the game-changing potential to make us soar in our life and the absence of which breaks us down, one fall after another.

But hey! I am not talking about the 5 AM club here. That sounds like a fancy thing to do. I am often shocked as to how people pay over the odds to be a “5 AM” person but very few succeed at it.

I am talking about building our Morning Routines that’s not defined by some 4/5/6 AM clubs 🙂

One of the most popular speaker out there, Brian Tracy has said in his book, “Eat the Frog” (No, not literally!), that the frog is the most challenging assignment of your day which has to be the first thing that one does on that very day.

While he has stated it in terms of Time management, there’s one small detail that was probably overlooked.

The key here lies in ENERGY MANAGEMENT.

All our life, we have been hardwired by our parents, teachers, successful people to manage time. Nobody has ever talked about managing our energies and it makes me wonder – WHY?!

Just search on Amazon for “Time Management” and you will come across 70000+ search results. Search “Energy Management” and you will come across 20000+ titles – all of which talk about Energy as a subject of science – solar, wind, hydro, and fuel conservation. Yikes!

Hardly anyone talks/writes/speaks about Personal Energy Management. I will.

Successful people also have yet another common trait —
They achieved greatness by doing what others weren’t.”

Everyone is trying to manage TIME.
I want you to manage ENERGY.

As Robert Frost once wrote – “Two roads diverged in the wood, and I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference”. That is exactly what I want you to do in terms of walking the path of Personal Energy Management.

As an L1 ReadAR of mine, you are building a routine to read each day via the daily articles over a variety of topics. With every passing day, you are not only adding to the knowledge pool; taking action by applying what you read but also beginning to experience the subtle benefits of reading each day.

When you reach L2, you will be building on these routines to create that habit of reading books, the smart & sustainable way along with other fellow readers.

By the time you end your L2 journey, you will have automated your routines with the deep habit of reading every day in your life. At the same time, you will be applying the learnings from each book and subtly transform your personal & professional life.

By reading consistently each day, we are pushing ourselves beyond the comfort zone to learn something new, learn different perspectives from other ReadARs for the same article & learn about ourselves too.

But for all of this magic to happen, we need to deliberately work on building & safeguarding our routines.

Because if we don’t end up creating our routines, soon we might start looking at reading each day as a task & before you realise it, an enjoyable knowledge gaining activity would be replaced with a unbearable job-like task which makes you gasp & sigh! Thus negating the impact of the transformational impact of habitually consistent reading could have had in your life… 🙁

Let’s take a step back here and look at things from a different perspective..

Imagine this: It’s 8 AM in the morning. You’ve just woken up after good 7 hours of sleep. The entire day lies ahead of you.

What would you do?
A. Open social media apps like Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and see what’s happening in the world.
B. Open Netflix/Hotstar/Amazon Prime and watch the next episode of a much-talked-about series/movie.
C. Work on your Habits/ Learn something new.

Chances are that you are likely to choose option C.

Now Imagine this: It’s 8 PM. You’ve had a long day at work, nearly 10 hours if not more. Your manager yet again undermined you and gave you even more work to do. As the house maid was on holiday, you have tired yourself by doing the household chores.

If you’re in a relationship, your love interest wants to talk.
If you’re married, your partner wants to spend time with you.
If you’re parent and you have kids – well god give you strength my friend – in the course of the day, you helped them with their school & homework & now they want to spend more time with you.

What would you do?
A. Open social media apps like Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and see what happened in the world today.
B. Open Netflix/Hotstar/Amazon Prime and unwind with the next episode of a much-talked-about series/movie with the family.
C. Work on your Habits/ Learn something new.

It’s very likely that the last thing on your mind would be to choose option C.

Wait, what? You still have a good few hours before you fall asleep. You still have the desire to learn. What is it that changed?

E.N.E.R.G.Y

You have spent all the gas that was left in the tank. Your brain no longer has any fuel to learn something new. You can’t do something today so you carry-it over to the next day. And the day after. And the day after the day after.

This is how the mental burden of unfinished work keeps piling up in our life and makes us feel miserable. And this is also how a natural love for reading, gravitates to become a “difficult unfinished task” and a new article or a new reading portion each day, makes you Sigh!

What can you do about it?

Each of the articles that I share or the reading portion that I give is designed to take roughly 1% of your daily time ~15 mins.

Each day that you wake up, tell yourself that I will read the article as the first thing in the morning for that 1% of the time.  Later in the day, set yourself another 1% of the time to make your daily 3 line article summary and write down any difficult words into the same journal.

This practice will not only enhance retention but also load up your vocabulary tank with the fuel of rich new words. If in case you couldn’t read in the morning, this could also serve as a natural backup slot.

Once you are able to create a morning reading routine, then you can bring forth new inclusions into your morning routines such as including a fitness routine, learning a digital course, or writing something down, or any other routine that makes you, eat that frog! (still metaphorical!)

Yet not motivated enough?

Just ask yourself the following each morning –
Do I want to Learn?
(Yes you do because you answered the first question with option C.)
Do I have the Energy?
(Yes you will because you just had a good night of sleep & you feel refreshed.)

Since I am a learner & I have the energy as well; then the 1st activity of my day should be something that makes me learn and will take just 1% of my time & in return make me 1% better each day.

Yes I can. And Yes I will.

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, could not have made the power of 1% any more obvious.

Now go ahead and start reading.
In the morning, each day, beginning from today.
Don’t put it off till tomorrow. Because tomorrow never comes…