Track Your Reading More Effectively

Posted by Amy Wallace Amy Wallace on .

Reading is a truly fantastic way to learn more about the things you're interested in or event to explore subjects you've never even thought you'd be interested in. 

The advantage of reading a book is that within a few days or weeks, you can absorb knowledge and ideas that could have taken years to develop and research. If you want to get better at being productive and learn to make the most of your willpower, you can read a book like Kelly McGonigal's Maximum Willpower

In that book, you'll find summaries of scientific studies and experiments, interesting anecdotes and all the experience that the author has gained over the years of teach students the science of self-control. It's a subject that Kelly McGonigal has devoted her time and energy to working on and just by picking up her book and reading it, you can learn an incredible amount of information it would have taken you months and years to learn first hand. 

If you have the reading bug though, you can sometimes become overwhelmed by the sheer number of fantastic books you know you want to read. There's so much to learn from non-fiction books and fiction alike, and reading can really help you improve your outlook on life as well as business if, for example, you're trying to get your startup going.

There are many apps you can use to keep your reading habit more organised. Goodreads is a great place to start to build your bookshelves of books you've read, want to read, or are currently reading. 

But have you ever thought of using Trello as a way to keep on top of your to-read lists? 

Juvoni Beckford has written a post on Medium about how he uses Trello to start organised and inspired by his reading. He writes that using Trello: 


I can keep track of my reading queue to stay in a consistent cycle of books to read. Planning ahead on what to read next can help reduce decision overload or lack of direction which can lead to inconsistent reading habits ahead you’ve finished one book.

Decision overload is a great way to describe that feeling of choosing what to read next, especially if you've just finished a really engaging book and can't quite decide on what to pick up from the large number of books in your to-read pile.

Juvoni uses his Trello board to keep some ideas for subjects that he wants to explore more and has a series of lists to stay on top of all books read and to read. 

Lists:

  • Potential Reads & Themes
  • Up Next
  • Multiple Lists for Reading Categories
  • Review
  • Notes
  • Finished

He takes advantage of the Trello attachment feature to add the book's cover image to the book's card, which keeps the board looking bright and exciting, and uses the labels to filter books within lists. 

Take a look at the rest of his post to read in detail about how he uses Trello and stays motivated to read in the most productive way possible. 

How do you manage your reading list? Do you have a notebook, or just a large pile of books on your desk and by your bed? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks, so add a comment below or send me an email. You can also follow us on Twitter


Image Credit: Hash Milhan