We can all relate to this story. Finally bought that bestselling book, it is neatly sat next to the bed. The first night works an absolute dream, and you read 10 pages. The second night, not so much, and you get in 5 pages. On the third night, you could only handle one page as George from work dumped that silly end of month report on your desk. Now what? Yes, its probably gathering dust along with the rest of them that ‘you will get to sometime.’
“insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
As stated by Einstein himself, if you keep doing the same things, you will not get a different result. Therefore, if you wish to start reading again, you need to change your habits around reading. By changing these habits, you will gradually build up more and more reading hours.
Which brings us nicely on to my recommended reading tips:
- Wake up 20 minutes earlier and read with your favorite hot drink. By doing this, you create a habit of reading early in the day, which will prevent you from being rushed as the day progresses.
- Small steps – Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t expect to sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Start with reading 5 to 10 pages per day. This will help you build momentum and that habit, which is required for long term reading.
- A pretty obvious one, but make sure you enjoy the book! Don’t just read it because everyone else has. If you don’t enjoy the book, this will link to you not enjoying reading, which will turn you off the idea. It is ok to put down the book and change it for another. Personally, I read about 25% of the book (easy to measure with a kindle!) before I decide to keep on reading or replace it.
- Set up a reading area. This does not have to be the fancy reading corners you see on social media. This can be any area in your home, in which you can get comfortable and enjoy the experience.
- Be accountable. Try to link up with a friend who may read the same book. This will give you more of an incentive to read it, so you chat and discuss when you next meet up face to face or over zoom!
I hope these tips help you in your quest to get reading more and feel free to let me know in the comments below which book you choose to read.
Food for thought.
Till next time, Stay Stoic,