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19 Powerful Techniques to Build a Reading Habit (2019) | Nick Wignall

Embrace the Audio Book

Use your commute to and from work to build/strengthen your reading habit.

  • Tip #1: Rather than setting out to spend your entire commute listening to an audiobook, just pick one leg of the commute. Making time to read more doesn’t have to mean giving up on other things entirely (like podcasts, for example). 
  • Tip #2: Listen at a higher speed. Even moving to listen at 1.3x speed can add up to a lot of extra time in the long run.

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