I know that building a consistent reading habit can be quite difficult. Whether you’re busy or just unmotivated, here is a list of things you can do to help you fit reading into your schedule.
1. Create a daily goal
Recently, I have created a daily goal for myself – to read between 20 and 30 pages every morning (usually takes no more than an hour). And so far, it has been going quite well. Now time management is something that I find people have a big problem with. I don’t know what it is, but lately, it seems like everyone is just so busy. But trust me, once you start building the habit, you will realise that it’s not so difficult to fit reading into your schedule. I mean, think about it. If you read just 30 pages a day, you can probably finish a book in a week. Even if you only have time to read 15 minutes a day, it really does make a difference. I found this to be so much more effective then setting weekly goals because then I just end up pushing all my reading to the end of the week. And if you’re really, really busy, then I recommend audio books. You can listen to them pretty much anywhere, at any time, and they’re free.
2. Get rid of distractions
I know there are some people out there who like to listen to music or whatever while they read. Seriously, I have no clue how people manage to do this. To me it’s just a distraction, because I just end up focusing on the music rather than reading. If you want to be able to read more, you really have to stick to your goal, and to stick to your goal, you need to be able to eliminate distractions. Turn your phone off if you have to. If you’re going to text someone while reading, you might as well not read at all. But in all honesty, if you’re really that bored, then you probably haven’t chosen the right book for you. And that leads me to my next point…
3. Pick the right books
Seriously, pick the right books! Find something you know you will enjoy reading. Reading daily shouldn’t feel like a chore, it should be something to look forward to. Pick wisely, choose the sort of books that suit you best. That way, you are always motivated to keep reading.
4. If you don’t like a book, stop reading it!
For some reason, finishing a book is something a lot of readers feel obligated to do. If you aren’t enjoying a book, put it down. Seriously, I always hear people saying “I really am not liking this book, but once I start reading a book, I just have to finish it”. Why? Why would you waste your time on a book you aren’t enjoying when you can spend your time reading a much better one? Geez. It makes no sense. Don’t force yourself to finish a book.
5. Alternate genres
If you start to get sick of reading, it might be time to start exploring new genres. If you try different genres rather than reading the same thing over and over again, then reading could be a lot more enjoyable for you, and you’ll read more as a result of this. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Anyway that’s all for now. Happy reading! 🙂