Here’s how to use Atomic Habits to read 35 books a year.
1: Ask yourself, “do I actually want to read?”.
If that’s a yes, ask yourself “Why?” 3 times.
2: Get the physical copy of a book you have a genuine desire to read.
Always keep a physical copy of the book near you and bring it with you (around the house, when commuting, to the restroom, etc.).
3: Your first goal is to read 2 pages every day.
Decide when you will read 2 pages – and where you will do it. Feel free to read more than 2 pages but stop when it starts to feel hard.
4: When you’ve read 2 pages every day for a week, make it +2 (so 4 pages per day).
When you’ve read 4 pages every day for a week, +2 it again (making it 6 pages per day). The end goal is to read 28 pages per day.
300 pages for 1 book * 35 books = 10,500 pages.
That’s ~28 pages per day (28,8 to be exact).
5: Create a simple “Books I’ve read” document.
Write down the title and author of the book. Then write down when you started reading the book. Finally, when you’ve completed the book, open the document, and write down the date you finished the book – and give it a rating of 1-10.
6: Make sure you know what to read next.
While you’re reading, make sure to think about what book to read next. I’ve found myself wasting lots of days between books. So, always know what you’re going to read next and have the book handy!
7: Don’t miss twice.
Throughout building the habit of reading, you’re going to experience periods where you hate reading. You’re going to miss a day here and there. But never miss two days.