photo credit: Jenn and Tony Bot via photopin cc
photo credit: Jenn and Tony Bot via photopin cc

Ever wish you could fit more reading into your busy schedule? Here are 5 sneaky tricks that I use to do just that:

1. Listen to audio books when you’re on the go, working out, or just doing the dishes. This is my favorite way to add more ‘reading’ to my schedule. Check out my ‘Free Books’ page (link at the top of this page ) to find out where to download audio books for free.

2. Turn off the TV and Read Instead – unless what you are watching is feeding your intellectual or spiritual health, you’re doing yourself more harm than good. That’s because TV actually lowers your IQ. Researchers at the University of California found that watching TV produces less brain activity than staring at a blank wall. In contrast, interactive reading (out loud) was found to raise children’s IQ by more than 6 points.

– For more info on this subject visit:  http://www.endalldisease.com/studies-show-television-decreases-iq-creativity-academic-achievement-and-damages-the-brain/#sthash.imDfb4gM.dpuf

3. Carry a book with you – you never know when you might have a few moments to kill, whether it’s waiting at a doctors office, riding the bus or train, or on your lunch break at work. Slip a book into your bag or purse and you’ll be ready to make the most of those in-between moments.

4. Make it a habit – you’d be surprised at how much more reading you can get done if you force yourself to do it on a regular basis. Even just a single hour each day is more productive than a three or four hour stint on the weekend. Set aside a small portion of your time every day and stick to it!

5. Take up a speed-reading course – There are several for free on YouTube, as well as basic introductions and tips online that are worthwhile.

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