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Book Lovers Alert! Train Your Reading Muscle Today by Using”Bookout”

Book Lovers Alert! Train Your Reading Muscle Today by Using”Bookout”

As difficult as it is to get into a routine, it quickly starts to become a habit once you start to see the results. That first workout day is a drag. But you know that once you start to see some definition in your physique and the numbers are dropping on your scale, it starts to become something that you look forward to. Not only that, but it becomes second nature.

Since reading doesn’t have those obvious physical benefits, it’s hard for us to appreciate just how much of a difference that it makes for us. Reading is more like a hobby for us when it should be a habit.

There are loads of apps that keep track of your workout routines. How far you’ve gone, how many sets you’ve completed etc. But we normally don’t keep track of our progress while reading. You probably never consider how fast or how much you read because it’s just a luxury activity.

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We can train our minds just like how we train our bodies

If you treat reading as a fair-weather activity then you won’t get very far. If you pick up a book, just read a few pages and return to it weeks later, you’re going to forget everything you’ve read. Now you have to reread everything to get yourself up to speed before you can continue on.

If we treated reading like a workout instead of a luxury, we could actually improve our reading skills. Essentially, we could train ourselves to increase our reading speed and input a wider variety of information in a shorter amount of time. But how?

Hit that “reading workout” with Bookout

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    The workout app that keeps track of your progress! Reading is exercise for the mind and thanks to Bookout, you can keep tabs on your results!

      With help from Bookout, you can keep tracks of how many books you have read. Having a visual display of what you’ve already read will make you want to grow your list, inspiring you to read even more!

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      Set reading goals for yourself and see how far you have come

      You can keep track of how much time you spend reading a day to ensure that you keep on track and improve your speed. Set goals for yourself! You can choose from monthly or yearly goals to ensure that you stay on track and even exceed your reading expectations.

        The Bookout app features graphical statistics so you always know where you stand. Having this visual cues will have to keep you focused and to inspire you to push yourself.

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          When you’re done reading a book, you can even share the results with your friends! Maybe they’ll even sign up themselves, and you can share the wealth of knowledge as well as your progress!

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          Last Updated on September 11, 2019

          Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

          Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

          How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

          Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

          To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

          Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

          Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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          • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
          • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
          • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
          • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

          Benefits of Using a To-Do List

          However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

          • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
          • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
          • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
          • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
          • You feel more organized.
          • It helps you with planning.

          4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

          Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

          1. Categorize

          Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

          It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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          2. Add Estimations

          You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

          Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

          Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

          3. Prioritize

          To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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          • Important and urgent
          • Not urgent but important
          • Not important but urgent
          • Not important or urgent

          You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

          Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

          4.  Review

          To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

          For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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          Bottom Line

          So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

          To your success!

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