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How To Read Over 300 Books In a Year with Instaread

How To Read Over 300 Books In a Year with Instaread

There’s nothing like getting lost in a book. Although reading is an inherently valuable activity, we aren’t spending as much time with books as we should.

A study by the Pew Research Center found that Americans read an average of 12 books per year.[1] Keep in mind that the average in this case is the sum of all the books read divided by the number of readers in the study. The mean inflates the data because it includes information from a subset of voracious readers. The median number of books that Americans reported reading was 4. That comes out to reading one book every three months.

Many people who wish to read more don’t have the time because of their other responsibilities. Now there are so many forms of entertainment like movies and facebook competing with books that it seems like there aren’t enough hours in a day.

Imagine if you could finish a book in the span of 20 minutes. If you read every day, you’d be 365 books smarter by the end of the year.

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Being well-read isn’t a state reserved for people with excessive spare time. There are ways that even busy people can increase the number of books they read.

Instaread helps you read more books.

If you wish that you could read more, but you don’t have the time, the Instaread app can help you increase the number of books you finish each year. The app gives you access to summaries of the best-selling nonfiction. Experts read the books and summarize the key points into a convenient format. Think of Instaread like the next generation of speed-reading.

Let’s look into the details how the app helps you read more in no time.

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Get Key Insights and Summary of Any Book

The interface is easy to use, and you won’t expend energy seeking out and lugging around a physical book. From books about business, to self-help books, to fictions, in 15-30 minutes, you can take in the key insights and a summary of any book that’s been sitting on your “to be read” pile.

    Access Audio Version of Book Summary

    One of the best features of Instaread is that it gives you the ability to access audio versions of the book summaries. If reading during your commute gives you a headache, you can listen to the books instead. Audio versions are also available for offline use, which means that spotty reception won’t stand in your way. Think of how many more books you’ll be able to read during your commute time alone.

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      Keep Track of Books You’ve Read

      With Instaread, you don’t have to worry about losing track of what you’ve read. You can add titles to your library for easy reference. Select the “Library” icon at the bottom of your screen to browse titles you’ve read and those you’d like to read. If you’re worried about using too much data with this app, never fear. Download your favorite titles for offline use.

        Discover Any Books You Want

        You never have to worry about running out of reading options when you use Instaread. New book summaries are added every day. Since the summaries typically come from books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, you’re guaranteed to have the most buzzworthy titles at your fingertips.

        Whenever you come across a title that you want to read, you can search for it in Instaread. If you need some inspiration, you can also browse reading options by genre by clicking on the “Discover” icon.

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          Reclaim Your Reading Time

          Even if you’re busy, there are probably lost minutes in your day. Reading summaries of the best and most influential books is a great way to turn moments that would otherwise be wasted into productive reading time. Read through a summary on break, or listen to one during your commute. You’ll be the most well-read person in the office before you know it.

          You can download Instaread here through the App Store.

          There are two subscription options available for the service. You can either pay $8.99 per month with a one-week free trial, or you can opt for the yearly fee of $89.99.

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          You may be wondering if it is worthwhile to pay the subscription fee, but it’s a small price to pay considering that you’ll have unlimited access to such a vast library. The app gives you the chance to make the most of your time and achieve your reading goals–even when your time is scarce.

          Instaread is currently only available for Apple devices, but the developers are making an Android version as well.

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          The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

          The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

          No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

          Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

          Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

          A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

          Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

          In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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          From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

          A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

          For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

          This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

          The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

          That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

          Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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          The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

          Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

          But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

          The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

          The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

          A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

          For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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          But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

          If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

          For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

          These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

          For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

          How to Make a Reminder Works for You

          Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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          Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

          Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

          My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

          Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

          I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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          Reference

          [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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