1. Develop Love for reading
- Activity 1 – Read a short book/ novel/ post
- Activity 2 – Then do what you would have done if you had not read the book (like listening to songs, watching a soap/ drama etc.)
- Now try to make a list of 3 to 5 things you learn’t from each activity
- Repeat this exercise 3 to 5 times over a month
- Compare your learning in these two cases
Personally, I learn a lot more if I read (books, blogs, infographics)
2. Read whenever you can
Always carry a spare book or two in your bag, or your Kindle ebook reader or tab. Keep them handy. Whenever you get some spare time, take out a book and read. Morning, evening, public place, private space – these are unimportant.
3. Read wherever you can
I read while I am waiting for a bus, I read on the bus, I read while standing in a queue, I read in the loo (yes, that’s right), while I am waiting at a signal and I read at pretty much any place.
4. Make notes
Carry a piece of paper, A4 preferably (yes I am old fashioned that way) and fold it into four. As you read and browse, take notes of points which you would like to explore further. This will give you ideas for other books.
5. Underline key texts
A book is to be loved, savored and personalized. Underline key texts, and revisit them every now and then. Reflect on what you have read and see how it can be applied to your life.
My Reading List
Currently I am reading 99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattnaik. I am also re-reading Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nicholas Taleb.
On the blogosphere, I have started reading Zen Habits archives from the very beginning.