So what happens when you want to study and develop yourself? Do you choose a book and finish it in a week or do you keep going for 3 months, sometimes you don’t even get to the end?
Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law? It states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. If you give yourself 2 weeks to complete a project, it will probably take you 2 weeks to do it but if you give yourself only 3 days it will be completed in just 3 days!
Well the same can apply to your reading. Let’s say you start a book without knowing how long it could take you to read, you may find that you’re reading the same book for weeks, sometimes even months.
To get into the habit of reading more in less time, know your numbers. You’ll find it much easier to finish books or even stop reading them half way and still have the feeling of accomplishment which will drive you forward. I believe that this discipline will hugely impact how much more you’ll read everyday.
It’s easy to do the maths:
1. First find the number of words in a book. To do this you multiply the average number of words in one line x number of lines per page x number of pages in the book.
2. Divide the total number of words in the book by your reading speed in words per minute.
3. You’ll now have the number of minutes it will take you to read the book.
4. Divide this number by 7 if you are planning to read it in a week.
5. You’ll now have the minutes to spend reading each day to achieve your target, I bet you it’ll be much less time than you expect.
That’s the planning done,…. Now its up to you to take action!