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Reading for quality not quantity

What Happened When I (Tried to) Read 30 Books in 30 Days” popped up in the Firefox New Tab, Pocket recommendations but stopped a bit abruptly in the recommendations to read more. I have a few tricks I like to use to accomplish more productive reading.


Regardless of whether you prefer print or digital books load up a few and download them to your phone. I know this sounds obvious but instead of looking at Instagram or Twitter when waiting in a queue or dare I say sitting on a toilet (don’t lie to yourself we all do it) open up a book and read a page or two. Here are some other quick read ideas to get more reading in when you’re alone and not ignoring friends and family.

  • Read while eating a meal
  • Read while drinking
  • Read a page before checking social media every damn time.


I like to set a minimum limit on reading such as 20 minutes or until the end of the chapter. I suggest a manageable and practical goal. If you want to read a whole book every day go for it but be realistic.

Kidding aside, don’t bring printed books into the restroom unless they stay there. That just not right.

By Joseph Dickson

Joseph Dickson is a web developer in higher education and an avid proponent of using WordPress’ core features to create flexible and manageable design solutions.

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