I completely understand the difficulty that comes with introducing reading back into your schedule. Although I don’t make new year’s resolutions, reading more was definitely a goal I set myself for this year, and I knew it would take some shuffling around some of my responsibilities. Considering I’ve managed to read the same amount of books in three months as I did in the whole of last year, I’d say I’d definitely achieved this.
Despite the difficulties, I definitely think reading is a good habit to make and reintroduce into your lifestyle if it was something you once enjoyed. It’s a great way of relaxing after a long day of other commitments, and a great way of escaping into other worlds through the eyes of other characters.
For that reason, I hope the following tips will help you read more, in the same way that implementing them has helped me so far this year.
Find A Genre/Type of Story You Enjoy
Everyone enjoys reading about different things, and choosing something you enjoy is going to make you want to read so much more. If you don’t enjoy reading books about romance with lots of pages, then picking up a 500-page book about people falling in love probably won’t interest you. If you know what you like to read, googling book recommendations is a lot easier.
At the moment, for example, I’m reading comics. They’re not what I’d traditionally read, but they’re about a show I really like, so I knew I’d enjoy them. If I wasn’t interested in the comic I was reading, I would probably stop after an issue or two because they’re not my usual style.
Allow Yourself To Give Up On Books You Aren’t Enjoying
Giving up on books I didn’t enjoy used to be really difficult for me. Once I started reading something, I felt like I had to finish something. I’ve since realised that this simply isn’t the case. Now that I’ve started implementing this, I have more time to read what I enjoy, which helps with avoiding a reading slump.
Read Before Bed
I understand the temptation to scroll through your phone until you’re tired enough to sleep, but there are so many reasons why this is a bad idea. It keeps your overstimulated, for once, and overstimulated; the opposite to what reading offers. I’ve started charging my phone on the other end of my room to avoid temptation, and it’s really helping! Instead, I bring a book with me and end up reading that until I’m tired instead.
If this is something you haven’t done before, starting with one or two books a week might be a good thing to do. You can always increase that over time when you feel you are ready to do so.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Humans like to feel like they are accomplishing something. There’s something so satisfying that comes with ticking a box to say you’ve done something, like reading a book. I do this using Goodreads, which tracks how many books you’ve read and lets you rate what you thought of them. It also gives you the opportunity to set yearly reading goals, which I’ve found a great motivator as I feel like each book I’m reading helps towards something bigger. You can view my reading goal, and keep up with the books I’m reading, by clicking here.
Like with anything you want to start doing more of, though, you’re going to have to start prioritising it. Do you have a break you’re wasting because it seems too short to do anything productive in or a journey to and from work you could read in? Utilise the time! You’ll find yourself getting through books a lot quicker this way, and it might even make these breaks more enjoyable.
I hope the above five tips in developing your reading habits benefit you in the same way that they have for me. I’d love to know if you’ve implemented any of these tactics and if they’re helping you, too!
Do you have any more tips you’ve used in order to read more? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, and until next time,