Reading More: Build your reading habit
February 15, 2020
At the beginning of each year, a lot of us tend to add “Read more books” to their New Year Resolution list. In the digital world that we live in, being surrounded by a continuous stream of media, it has become harder than ever to maintain a reading habit.
This article will include tips that will help you achieve your goal of reading more. Since reading regularly is a habit, then we need to first understand habits. A habit is anything that has been done consistently that subconsciously you continue to do them.
All you need is “30 days” of being committed.
New habits can be built in 30 days. Which means that your goal should be to read for 30 days. Once you build that habit, then you can continue developing it. Instead of setting a goal to read 100 books, start with “I will read every day for a month”. Once the 30 days are over, set the goal for the next 30 days.
Your brain, when faced with a tough task, tends to procrastinate. The best solution? Start very small. Start with “I will read 1 page today”. Then the next day double it. The goal is to reach “I will read 10 pages today”. Set this as your goal and once you maintain it, slowly increase the count.
Close books you don’t like.
When building a reading habit, you need to keep yourself entertained. If you are not enjoying the task that you are doing, then you will find excuses not to do it. You need to break down the barrier that tells you that you have to finish the book that you started. If you don’t like the book you are reading, simply close it and start a different one.
Try different reading methods.
Different people tend to prefer different reading methods. Paper books are still the most common form of books. However, there are now more options to choose from. There are now e-reading devices that mimic the feeling of paper. They have the advantage of being able to store tons of books in a small body. This allows you to carry it around with you everywhere. Another option is listening to Audiobooks. Audiobooks are especially useful for Auditory learners, those who learn better using audio. It allows you to catch on some reading while doing other daily tasks.
Track your reading.
It is a good idea to track your reading progress every day. This helps you keep yourself motivated by seeing how far you have come. This is also a good motivator to challenge your friends and compare your progress.
Next Step: Level up your reading.
Now that you built your habit of reading, it is time to take it to the next level. You can learn more skills on how to improve your reading by watching this TEDx talk. In his talk, Jordan Harry introduced several concepts that will make you a better reader. TED also has a playlist dedicated to reading that you can check out here.
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