Reading is not only a wonderful way to relax, it is a great way to learn. In fact, one of the best steps you can take for self-improvement is to read more. Reading opens you up to a whole world of different skills, viewpoints and ideas that challenge you. Becoming an avid reader isn’t going to be easy, but it will be worth it. If you want to read more, but have been struggling, then try these steps out.
1. Start with a Topic You Love
If you are trying to build a reading habit, then starting with something you love is a great choice. Starting a new habit is hard enough, why also battle against your personal preference? Choose a topic you are really interested in and start reading!
2. Set Goals to Challenge Yourself
Are you the type of person that rises to a challenge? If so, then consider setting up your own reading challenges. You can focus on short-term trying to hit a certain number of pages each day. You can also look at the long term by challenging yourself to read X number of books in a year.
3. Don’t Forget about Audio Books
This might be a controversial suggestion in some circles, but don’t dismiss audio books. Yes, it might not technically be “reading” but it is still a positive way to ingest information. You can listen to an audio book when you otherwise can’t read (i.e. driving or walking), plus it can open you up to new insights that you can actually read about later.
4. Consider an eBook Subscription
Another controversial step? Maybe, but I am not saying you have to give up your physical books. An eBook subscription is just another way to find interesting things to read. A massive benefit is the wide libraries you can get access to for a small subscription fee. eBooks also ensure you always have something on hand to read.
5. Keep a Reading Log
Tracking the books, you read is a great way to stay motivated to keep reading. As your list builds, your confidence will as well. You will want to keep adding to your list. Your reading log is also useful to help you keep track of what you have read, or what you want to read in the future.
6. Schedule Reading Time
A lot of people claim that “lack of time” is their biggest hurdle when it comes to reading. You know how to fix that? Make time. Look at your schedule and figure out when you can pencil some reading time in. You will be surprised how easy it is to find some reading time each day.
7. Get Comfortable
When you are ready to get in some serious reading time, make sure you are comfortable. Find a comfy position on a comfy seat and settle in. You should also have adequate lighting, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a snack or drink within reach.
8. Don’t Get Caught up in Finishing
A lot of people have an overwhelming urge to finish anything they start. While this is an admirable trait, it isn’t always conducive to building a reading habit. If you are bored out of your mind, or simply disinterested by the time you get through 50 pages or more, consider starting something new.
9. Join a Book Club
Joining a book club is a great idea for people wanting to read more. There is added accountability knowing you have to discuss the book with others on a regular basis. Plus, you might enjoy the social aspect of it as well.
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