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How to read more in six easy tips

There are little tips and tricks you can do to learn how to read more and get you back into the reading groove.

Make it a habit

Of course, the creating of a habit is less easy.

As with any new habit, you’ll want to start small, in ways that are manageable within your life.

Set a timer for 10 minutes (or even 5 minutes) and read until the alarm goes off. Aim to read before bed: 30 minutes or until you nod off, whichever comes first. Even if you fall asleep after two pages, that is still two pages read! It doesn’t have to be huge or grand; tiny changes add up to big results.

Fill in the gaps

While it might be hard to dedicate a large chunk of your day to reading, I bet you can find little times in your day where you can fit in a few pages. Pretty much anytime you spend on your phone browsing through Twitter or Instagram could be used to knock out a few pages of reading. Try to find one or two little instances in your day where you can sneak in some reading.

Audiobooks are not cheating

There has been a long-standing belief that audiobooks “don’t count” as reading. Both reading a story and listening to one involves decoding the messages being presented and processing new ideas. Plus, the added ability to multitask while reading makes them sort of the best thing ever. Listen to an audiobook while you’re walking the dog, or when you’re cooking dinner, or soaking in the bath, or planning a bank heist, or while grocery shopping.

Find yourself a challenge

Sometimes we need a bit of structure to help guide us towards our goals. If “read more” is too daunting of a goal, break it into smaller, more defined goals. Aim to read all the books of a certain series this year. The internet is full of reading challenges which can create smaller, more attainable goals than just ‘read more’.

Embrace ebooks

Trying to hold a book and read while standing on a crowded bus. It’s much easier to hold onto your phone and read an ebook using an app. Packing for a vacation and trying to pack your book and then your backup book (in case you finish too quickly), and the backup book for your backup book, and having trouble fitting it into your carry-on? Ereaders are slim, have super long battery life, and can hold approximately eleventy billion books on them.

Don’t fear the DNF

Picture it: You start a new book, that one book that everyone has been raving about or is the Very Special Book that you feel like you need to have read in order to be considered A Reader.

But you are just NOT into it. Your mind starts wandering a few sentences into a chapter. Each page is a total drag. But you have to finish it, right?

Here’s the thing: Life is too short for bad books. If every word is a chore and you are not required to read it for some sort of test, Do Not Finish! There are so many great books out there, it doesn’t make sense to force your way through one that you are not enjoying. bookriot


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