Reading has always been a major part of my life. I enjoy diving into the world of fiction, travelling to different places and becoming different people.
From as early as I can remember I have loved books and you would be sure to find me with my head in a book, even during class. However, growing up and becoming an adult has impacting my reading habit. Now, I have to actively pursue it and sometimes that just does not happen. This year I am stepping back into my childhood joy of reading.
Here are 11 Tips to help you read more books this year, if that is one of your goals.
- Define you purpose. As with all goals, it is important to ask yourself why? What do you hope to get out of reading more books? Do you just want to entertain yourself and get lost in the world of fiction, do you want to find inspiration by reading about the lives of others or do you hope to learn something new or gain more information on a topic? Maybe it is all of that. Understanding your why will help you decided what books to read and what books to ignore.
- Do not set too high of a standard. Setting a lofty reading goal can cause more stress than motivation. Remember your goal needs to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound)
- Always have book with you. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you read more this year. Instead of just standing in line at the store or bank waiting for your turn, pull out your book or e-book and start reading. The time will seem to fly faster and you get some reading in.
- Use technology. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of a new book and turning the pages. However, it is easier to pull out your phone or Kindle and read or listening to an audiobook. This also means you have a wide variety of reading material available to you.
- It is okay to quit. Just because you start a book does not mean you need to complete it. This is especially true if you are not enjoying or learning anything from the book.
- Read what you enjoy. What is the point of reading something that you do not take pleasure in? This is the faster way to deter someone from reading. Books should be entertaining, inspiring and or informative but most of all enjoyable for the reader.
- Reschedule. Instead of using all your relaxation time watching TV, why not use some of that time reading. If you are a scheduler, designating specific times in your day or week for reading is a great way to remind yourself of your goal.
- Join a book club. This is an awesome idea to find interesting books and have gain the support of a community of readers. You will find people to share your thoughts and ideas with and gain new perspectives.
- Take part in a reading challenge. This is another interactive activity that can help you read more. Who does not like a bit of a challenge and competition in their life?
- Create a reading list. Sometimes deciding what to read is the biggest challenge. Having a reading list helps diminish decision fatigue so you can just get right into the next book.
- Design a reading nook. Designate a quiet, distraction free area of your home for reading in long doses. Make the space as comfortable as possible, not too much that you fall asleep though. This space should help you relax and quiet your mind so that you can enter the reading zone.
Bonus tip: Before committing to an entire book, get some insight first. Try listening or reading the key takeaways with an app like Blinkist or the summary with one like Instaread. Read the synopsis or reviews of the book by looking it up Google or Youtube. This will help you get into the contents of the book faster and help you decide whether or not to read it in the first place.
I hope these tips help you on your reading journey.
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