You may have read about the release of Aspire Magazine, a digital publication for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. And I mentioned that I will be their resident book reviewer starting in the August issue.
Do you know what “resident book reviewer” entails? A LOT of reading. The required number of reviews for publication that I’m reponsible for covering is three. Three REALLY good business books ranging from motivation, biography, and overall good practices and marketing.
Now. Don’t be fooled. I have a pretty hard time getting reading time in. Three books per month? I can barely get one book finished over a period of months. But when the Aspire position came up, I knew this wasn’t just a great opportunity to share my writing but to actually get into a better habit of reading more frequently.
All fine and good right? I’m gonna start reading more because people are depending on me! Whatev. The fact still stands that my clients get first pick at my time, then my business development stuff (such as this blog), and then the organizations I’ve opted to donate time to. So where exactly is this time I’m going to make to read?
If the average book I need to read is 300 pages, that’s 300 pages x 3 books = 900 pages. 900 pages / 30 days = 30 pages per day.
30 pages per day for 30 days! Sorry. That’s not real life.
So let me introduce you to my new best friend… Audible.com. (aff.)
Driving in a car. Cleaning house. Going to the gym. Laying out by the pool. We all have our own repertoire of mindless activities. So why not multitask and get some reading done? It’s possible when you’re listening to one of the many books “on tape” — as we used to say — that are read to me through the Audible app. I just buy the book I want to read on Audible, download it to the app, and listen to a lovely narrator while I dust the furniture or climb the elliptical.
When the September issue of Aspire needed to be done in a week, I did my research of the books I wanted to read and downloaded them all from Audible. 5 hour listen for the first book. 7 hours for the second. 3 hours for the third. All done a couple days before the reviews were due!
If you’re been looking to get more reading done in your life, I highly recommend audio books. If not for the faster absorption of new information, then for the childhood memories of when Mom used to read to you.