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  • Features Habits, Sub-Goals

Create a reading list

After creating a new goal to read more books, a list of steps underneath that can be the perfect place to keep track of a reading list. Every time you receive a new book recommendation, add it as a new step at the bottom of the list.

You can keep this list priortised by dragging the steps up and down by their circular icons. And once you've read a book, you can mark it as completed from the To-Do list, which will take it off the active list in your Goal Map.

Where necessary, you can also use the Notes section within each step to keep track of any extra information about a book, such as where to buy it, or a reminder of who recommended it to you.

Make a habit of daily reading

By creating a habit along the lines of "Read for 30 minutes", you turn the process of reading into something which can easily be measured in discrete chunks, and is easier to get disciplined around.

Every time you feel like reading, set up a timer, and add a positive point to the habit when you're done. 30 minutes quite a sensible choice for the length of unit, as it's long enough to get a considerable amount of reading done, but short enough that it won't be too difficult to keep your attention focused on the task at hand.

Logging your habit in this way builds up a habit history chart, which you can refer back to and see if you're really reading as much as you think you are.

Improve your reading speed

Setting some time aside to work on your reading speed is the type of activity which may seem like a waste of time at first. But if you read a lot of books, the amount of time an improvement in your reading technique can save you in the long-term can certainly add up.

Maybe you have no idea where to start when it comes to techniques for improving reading speed - so once you've set up a sub-goal to improve your reading speed, a good first step would be to research online for tutorials or advice. Once you've learned enough to form a plan, you can create the rest of the steps.

Techniques like avoiding subvocalising words as you read them, or reading groups of words together rather than just individual words, can make a very noticable difference to your reading speed. However, the do take a bit of practice to really get them locked in as subconscious habits. So it's probably worth setting up a repeating step that gets you practicing for a few minutes every day.

Once you feel you're proficient in the technique, and are noticing a real improvement in your speed, you can mark the sub-goal as completed.