HOW TO DEVELOP A READING HABIT
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Like for most people, my reading was mainly for academic purposes (assignments and projects) and after Campus, there wasn’t much of that. While reading for academic reasons is good, there is so much more to reading. This is just the beginning. So when i became aware of the THE BENEFITS OF READING and i was a point where i wanted to CHANGE MY LIFE I decided to make reading a habit. I started this in early 2016 and now i enjoy reading and look forward to doing this and it has become part of those habits that have grown me tremendously.
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In today’s post i will be sharing some of the things that have helped me develop my reading habit and other recommended ways that have worked for other people.
Why Do I Need to Read/ Purpose
If you are able to find a reason or several good reasons why its important to read, then you are more likely to stick with it. It may be you want to Grow in your Career, Learn a new skill, grow your spirituality, relationships or other personal reasons.
For me, reading was about growth/Learning, and this is something i have committed to doing for the rest of my life. With that i am able to pick different books that allow me to grow in different aspects of my life.
If you start big or set unrealistic goals, you are likely to get overwhelmed and give up reading all-together.
Whatever small means to you- It could be:
- Read Articles on Topics that Interest you
- Start by reading Just a chapter a day
- Read for 15-30 minutes a day (This will grow over time)
- Start by reading small books (120 pages or less)
Set a Time to Read
If you have a strong reason why you need to read then this will be easy, because this is about making time for something which you know is important to you.
This could be:
- In the morning when you wake up(morning routine)
- On your way to and from work(use audio-books)
- During your lunch break
- In the evening before you go to bed(evening routine)
Get the Books in Advance
Get books that you need in advance- at least three. This will prevent you from having excuses that you don’t have books to read. And if you start reading a book that you find you are not enjoying or its not working for you, you can easily change to another book.
Whenever you find a book that would interest you get it /buy it/ download it/ save it. Over time you will have your own library of books. Personally i have been growing my library of books and i never lack something to read.
Don’t Know Where to Start(Your Reading List)
If you already know the importance of reading and you want to start this practice but are not sure where to start:
- Start by reading about something you are interested in such as: fashion, Technology, Fiction, Self Development, etc
- Read about something you have always been curious about but have never gotten a chance to really learn about
- Read books that you’ve heard are highly recommended
Get A Good Reading Environment
- Get a comfortable place to sit
- Be away from distractions
Make use of audio-books. They have made reading/learning so convenient. You can listen to them in your car as you drive or even put your earphones on and listen when you are not the one driving.
Have the Books With You Everywhere You Go
There are several apps that we can use on our phones or tablets for books. You carry your phone almost everywhere you go. So when a chance comes, take the time to read.
- This could be when you are waiting in line or as you wait for someone
- When you are travelling
- During the extra time you have after lunch
Write Down what you are Learning/Review
Have a place where you note down what you are learning from a book. This will help you become more engaged in the book and also you will remember what you learnt more easily and also you can refer to the book when you need some inspiration or motivation
Join/ Form a Book Club
This is good for accountability and motivation purposes. It is helpful especially if its hard to read alone, when its hard to commit and you easily give up reading. Also when you need to get out of your comfort zone and get new perspectives because your understanding of something is different from someone else’s.
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Sending my Love,